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ADHD

By Dr Peter Eng

GP, FACNEM, Nutritional Medicine

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ADHD is one of the most frequently diagnosed behavioural disorders in children. ADHD is classified as a mental disorder in which children demonstrate persistent lack of attention and an inability to control impulses and an increase in physical activity that is not typical for people at a similar stage of development. All children have stages of inattention and episodes of impulsive behaviour and sometimes incredible levels of energy – these are part of normal development. Therefore be certain that your child has had a thorough developmental evaluation by a pediatrician or specialist in development and behaviour. Food and additive allergies, environmental toxicity, dietary deficiencies in proteins, excesses in simple sugars, mineral imbalances and deficiencies in fatty acids and B Vitamins can all contribute to symptoms of ADHD. ADHD can often be a co morbid condition of Autism.

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It is important to use the proper dose of any nutrient, especially in children. Be sure to consult with a skilled naturopath or integrative physician so that you do not over-supplement and be sure to list any supplements (along with medications) in the child’s medical records. A child with ADHD may have deficiencies (or benefit from taking supplements) in the following:

  • Antioxidants

    People under a lot of stress, like kids with ADHD, have particularly high needs for antioxidants, to help support their body in dealing with the effects of stress.

  • EFA's

    Children with ADHD breakdown EFA’s faster. Essential Fatty Acids have also been found to improve conduct and attention problems. Examples of good sources of omega-3s include Tofu and Wild Salmon, walnuts (oil) and flaxseeds (oil). Try a child supplement of Omega-3’s for Kids by Metagenics – they have a peppermint flavoured one! They recommend Children 1-4 years: Take 2.5ml, Children 5-12 years take 5ml

  • Zinc

    Zinc is necessary in the metabolism of melatonin and is therefore important in the treatment ADHD. Individuals with ADHD have low zinc levels. Be sure to consult with a skilled naturopath or integrative physician so that you do not over-supplement.

  • Iron

    ADHD has been associated with iron deficiency and some evidence suggests that iron supplements may reduce the severity of symptoms. Please have your practitioner measure your child's iron levels. Iron supplementation is inappropriate unless iron levels are found.  Iron supplementation should be monitored with regular testing. 

  • Probiotics

    Probiotics: Most people with ADHD have little good bacteria and high amounts of harmful bacteria in their stomach, it makes sense to include a good broad-spectrum probiotic in the supplement regimen of any child with ADHD.  A great test to learn more about gut issues is called A Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis with Parasitology.

  • Magnesium

    Magnesium deficiency has long been thought to play a significant role in ADHD. Low magnesium and stress reinforce each other:  Magnesium is deficient in Australian soil. Magnesium is very calming, and has been called the “anti-stress” mineral. Examples of good supplement providers include: ‘Fibroplex for Children’ (made by Metagenics) or “Kids Plus” by Nutrition Care.

  • Melatonin

    Melatonin produces marked improvements in insomnia in children who take stimulant medication.

  • Multivitamin

    All kids with ADHD should take a standard children’s multivitamin once daily

  • Vitamin D

    “New research presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics Experience National Conference & Exhibition in October 2014, found that low vitamin D levels are prevalent in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.” (Goksugur). Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, so make sure your child gets enough vitamin D about 600 international units (IU) per day. Consult with your dietician in this regard.

  • B Vitamins:

    B-complex vitamins may reduce hyperactivity symptoms and increase serotonin in children with ADHD, resulting in calmer, happier children. Vitamin B6: Symptoms of vitamin B6 deficiency include irritability, short attention spans and short term memory loss.  Vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 deficiency produces some ADHD-like symptoms such as confusion and memory loss.

  • Vitamin C

    Studies have shown vitamin C to improve cognition and alertness.  Vitamin C is heavily concentrated in the brain and crucial to brain function. The earliest sign of vitamin C deficiency is confusion and depression.

Tips

  • Rule out food sensitivity
  • Several reports have noted improvements in allergies and asthma following elimination of food and/or food additives.
  • Do an IgG 93 Food Sensitivity Profile. You need to see a doctor who is from NIIM or a member of ACNEM. https://www.acnem.org
  • Skin tests and blood allergen specific IgE (RAST) tests are reliable and scientifically validated allergy tests. Together with a medical history and examination these tests can help your doctor define the cause of your allergies and are rebated by Medicare in Australia
  • http://www.annclinlabsci.org/content/37/1/96.full
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This document has been developed and peer reviewed by a KIDS HEALTH Advisory Board Representative and is based on expert opinion and the available published literature at the time of review. Information contained in this document is not intended to replace medical advice and any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.

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ADHD is one of the most frequently diagnosed behavioural disorders in children. ADHD is classified as a mental disorder in which children demonstrate persistent lack of attention and an inability to control impulses and an increase in physical activity that is not typical for people at a similar stage of development. All children have stages of inattention and episodes of impulsive behaviour and sometimes incredible levels of energy – these are part of normal development. Therefore be certain that your child has had a thorough developmental evaluation by a pediatrician or specialist in development and behaviour. Food and additive allergies, environmental toxicity, dietary deficiencies in proteins, excesses in simple sugars, mineral imbalances and deficiencies in fatty acids and B Vitamins can all contribute to symptoms of ADHD. ADHD can often be a co morbid condition of Autism.

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This document has been developed and peer reviewed by a KIDS HEALTH Advisory Board Representative and is based on expert opinion and the available published literature at the time of review. Information contained in this document is not intended to replace medical advice and any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.

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