This symptom is the most difficult to
identify in childhood. The primarily inattentive ADHD subtype may not be
recognized at all until a child grows into a teen. Although symptoms of
inattentiveness begin during childhood, a child may be able to function fairly
normally. Also, family members and other caregivers may be able to help
the child to compensate, without realizing the problem might be ADHD. As
adolescence approaches, inattentiveness may become pronounced with the new
demands from increasing academic workloads and other responsibilities. Problems usually develop that prompt an evaluation for ADHD
during major transition points, such as when starting middle school, high
school, or even college.
Parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) face lots of challenges trying to help their kids do well in school and control their behavior. Many parents wonder whether sugar, additives, or preservatives might be contributing to their child's condition, or whether food choices or dietary supplements could help their children avoid medication.
For answers about diet and ADHD in children, WebMD turned to Sheah Rarback, MS, RD, director of the nutrition division at the...