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Can good prenatal care help to prevent ADHD?

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Complications of pregnancy are linked to ADHD. You can increase the chance of your child not having ADHD by staying healthy throughout your pregnancy. A healthy diet and regular doctor visits are important. So is avoiding the use of alcohol and drugs. Children whose mothers smoked while they were pregnant are twice as likely to develop ADHD. Some studies suggest a pregnant woman's exposure to lead, as well as lead exposure in early childhood, may be linked to ADHD.

From: Can You Prevent ADHD? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "ADHD: What Parents Should Know."

Attention Deficit Disorder Resources: "Behavioral Treatment for ADHD."

ADHD Library.org: "Teaching Attention Skills to Children with ADHD."

MedlinePlus: "Hyperactivity and Sugar."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 1, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "ADHD: What Parents Should Know."

Attention Deficit Disorder Resources: "Behavioral Treatment for ADHD."

ADHD Library.org: "Teaching Attention Skills to Children with ADHD."

MedlinePlus: "Hyperactivity and Sugar."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 1, 2018

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