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Are food additives making my child hyper?

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For most kids, food additives don't make them hyper. But some studies show that a small percentage of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may be sensitive to some of these additives.

If you think this might be the case, you could try an "elimination diet." Cut out sources of artificial additives like candy, fruit drinks, soda, brightly-colored cereals, and junk food, and see if you notice any changes in behavior.

From: Why Is My Child So Hyper? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Child Mind Institute. Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder.

National Institutes of Mental Health. What Is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

College of Optometrists in Vision Development,

Harvard Health Publications. Diet and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

HealthGuidance.org: "Calming Tips for Hyperactive Children."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 19, 2019

SOURCES:

Child Mind Institute. Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder.

National Institutes of Mental Health. What Is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

College of Optometrists in Vision Development,

Harvard Health Publications. Diet and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

HealthGuidance.org: "Calming Tips for Hyperactive Children."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 19, 2019

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