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What should parents know about an elimination diet for ADHD symptoms?

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Some experts don’t think it’s the changes in what the children eat that makes a difference. A popular theory is that the child's behavior improves because the parents treat their child differently when they’re on the special diet. If you decide to try an elimination diet for ADHD, be careful. You don’t want to hurt your child’s overall nutrition and have them miss out on important vitamins or minerals. Don’t be too restrictive.

SOURCES:

National Resource Center on ADHD: "Complementary and Alternative Treatments: Neurofeedback (EEG Biofeedback) and ADHD.

National Institute of Mental Health: "Behavioral Interventions Effective for Preschoolers with ADHD."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "St. John's Wort Shows No Impact on the Symptoms of ADHD."

ParentsMedGuide.org: "Do Alternative Treatments for ADHD, such as Special Diets or Herbal Supplements, Really Work?"

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 7, 2019

SOURCES:

National Resource Center on ADHD: "Complementary and Alternative Treatments: Neurofeedback (EEG Biofeedback) and ADHD.

National Institute of Mental Health: "Behavioral Interventions Effective for Preschoolers with ADHD."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "St. John's Wort Shows No Impact on the Symptoms of ADHD."

ParentsMedGuide.org: "Do Alternative Treatments for ADHD, such as Special Diets or Herbal Supplements, Really Work?"

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 7, 2019

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