ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is typically a life long problem and one of the most common childhood disorders in the United States.
Children with ADHD often struggle with low self-esteem, difficult relationships, inadequate performance in school, focus and attention problems, difficulty controlling their behavior and hyperactivity.
If your child has more than 3 of these symptoms, allergies can be the culprit.
Gets bored easily, especially something they don't like.
Organizational skills are usually lacking
Learning new skills can be a challenge.
Poor follow through. Not finishing homework assignments, losing homework and misplacing items are typical.
Doesn't seem like they're listening when spoken to.
Problems following directions, becomes confused.
Must touch everything in sight.
Has trouble sitting still in school, at dinner or on the bus.
Is constantly in motion.
Problems with quiet time.
Blurts out inappropriate comments, shows emotions without restraint and act without regard to consequences
Has difficulty waiting for a reward or waiting in line.
Often interrupt conversations.
Why is ADD under reported? Because children may sit quietly and may not be paying attention to what they are doing, the child can be overlooked, parents and teachers may not notice that he or she has ADHD.
Could allergies have an effect on your child's behavior?
That's the word from doctors at Long Island College Hospital in New York City, who presented their findings at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology in Denver.
The study involved 20 children between the ages of 5 and 18, all of whom had been diagnosed with ADHD. But only two had been evaluated for allergy problems, even though all had a family history.
The researchers screened the children for allergic rhinitis, using not only a focused personal and family history, but also blood and other types of allergy testing for mold, cockroaches, dogs, cats, feathers, ragweed, trees and grass.
The results? Eight of the children (40 percent) were diagnosed with asthma or atopic dermatitis; three (23 percent) with allergic rhinitis, and nine (69 percent) had at least one positive allergy test. Fifteen of the 20 also had a history of at least two allergic symptoms. Based on those findings, the researchers concluded that a high percentage of children with ADHD may also harbor allergies.
The authors suggest all children diagnosed with ADHD should also be tested for seasonal and environmental allergies and that treatment might improve their overall behavior and symptoms.
Many parents will acknowledge that too much soda and candy makes their kids bounce off the walls on a sugar high, but what if a child's persistent hyperactivity was caused by tomatoes, eggs, gluten or some other seemingly innocuous food?
That is what a Dutch study published found: In kids with ADHD, researchers found that putting them on a restrictive diet to eliminate possible, previously unknown food allergies or sensitivities decreased hyperactivity for 64 percent of kids.
It isn't the first time researchers have tried to link ADHD to things kids eat, such as sugar, food dyes or other preservatives, but even with this recent study, pediatricians remain skeptical of a true connection between diet and hyperactivity disorders.
A study published today in the Journal of Pediatrics says that one type of pesticide commonly used on fruits and vegetables may be contributing to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD.
Researchers took urine from over 1,000 participants ages 8 to 15 and analyzed it for pesticides. 119 of the children had symptoms of ADHD. Those with the highest concentration of pesticides were more likely to have the disorder, according to the study.
"It's consistent with other studies that have looked at organophosphate pesticides and have found that exposure of children to organophosphates in early life can cause brain injury. This study builds on those other studies," said Dr. Philip Landrigan, chairman of the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.
If there is a link between allergies and behavior problems, if we are able to eliminate allergies from these children, would it be possible to improve behavior, concentration and offer these kids a more normal life. That's the opinion of Dr. Ynge Ljung who has created a home allergy treatment that addresses what she believes contributes to this disorder.
The Allergy Kit, using natural allergy remedies, not only stops allergies, it also treats herbicide, pesticides, heavy metals, vaccines and childhood vaccination allergies, which are thought to contribute to behavior problems and ADHD. Milk, sugar and gluten are also believed to contribute to ADD and is also treated in The Allergy Kit. Do yourself and your child a favor and bring peace back to your life. It's fast, easy, safe and permanent.