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Can food allergies cause hyperactivity in children?

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Some people believe hyperactivity in children is caused by food allergies, but researchers have found that this behavioral disorder in children is only occasionally associated with food additives, and then only when such additives are consumed in large amounts. There is no evidence that a true food allergy can affect a child's activity except for the theory that if a child itches and sneezes and wheezes a lot, the child may be miserable and therefore more difficult to teach. In addition, children who are on allergy drugs that can cause drowsiness may get sleepy in school or at home.

From: Food Allergy and Food Intolerance WebMD Medical Reference

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The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Fact Sheet: Food Allergy and Intolerances."  UpToDate. American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology.

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 29, 2018

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The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Fact Sheet: Food Allergy and Intolerances."  UpToDate. American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology.

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 29, 2018

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