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Busting the Sugar-Hyperactivity Myth

Are you convinced the reason for your son or daughter's rowdiness lies in a box of Milk Duds? You're not alone.

Beyond Sugar

As parents, your observations are important, and any concerns you have about your child?s diet should be explored carefully and discussed with your pediatrician. There is often much more to the story of a child's hyperactivity than the Frosted Flakes he eats for breakfast every morning. Some factors associated with hyperactivity include:

  • Temperament
  • Emotional disturbances
  • Learning disorders (such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • Sleep problems

Still Not Convinced?

If after looking at everything else in your child?s life you still feel food is causing an adverse reaction, your first step should be to consult with your child?s doctor. Extreme approaches, such as eliminating whole groups of foods, can do more harm than good. After giving your child a complete physical and studying his history, your doctor may refer you to a nutritionist or an allergist -- or you might seek one out on your own.

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