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What can influence the risk for ADHD?

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Other things that may influence ADHD risk include:

Many parents claim sugar makes their child hyperactive, but there is no evidence that refined sugar causes ADHD or makes it worse.

There may be a link between ADHD and food additives such as artificial colors and preservatives, but that has not been confirmed.

  • Cigarette smoking and alcohol use during pregnancy
  • Being born premature
  • Low birth weight
  • Being exposed to lead during early childhood
  • Brain injuries

From: ADHD: Hyperactive-Impulsive Type WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Nemours Foundation: "What Is ADHD?"

Bope, E.T. and Kellerman, R.D. 1st edition Saunders Elsevier, 2011. Cohn's Current Therapy 2012, ,

Massachusetts General Hospital: "Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 7, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Nemours Foundation: "What Is ADHD?"

Bope, E.T. and Kellerman, R.D. 1st edition Saunders Elsevier, 2011. Cohn's Current Therapy 2012, ,

Massachusetts General Hospital: "Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 7, 2019

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