Your Questions About Adhd Diets For Children

Charles asks…

Do you believe ADHD is a real disorder?

I see so many kids come through my daycare with the most horrible eating habits at home- pop tarts and chocolate milk for breakfast, kool-aid instead of juice, fast food 4-6 times a week….on top of that, 90% of parents I meet do not discipline their kids at all.

I had a little boy one time (from age 2-5) who’s teachers were trying to label him with ADHD because of his hyper activity and naughty behavior.

What they didn’t know is that the child wasn’t disciplined at home(this causes great confusion in children, when their ‘at home’ behavior is suddenly not ok in public)

and it was compounded by letting him eat whatever he wanted. This kids diet was appauling, yet it never came up when the school was investigating and testing him. When it did come up, the parents were not truthful.
I guess because I know first hand how difficult it is to be a GOOD parent, it makes me mad that parents want the easy way out. It seems they ‘create’ monsters and then want someone to fix them? I don’t get it- how hard is it to discipline?

barry jennings answers:

My son was diagnosed at the age of 7 with ADHD, they used a ‘Glass Anaylsis test’ to determine this. That was back in the mid 80’s. I imagine they use more sohpisticated testing, now.
I chose not to put him on the Clonadine or the Ritalin. I chose, instead to go to a more ‘natural’ diet. Veering away from a lot of the pre-fab foods and sugar laden snacks.
I could always tell if he had been given something that he was not supposed to eat. His behaviour was often erratic, ‘off-the-wall’ and uncontrolled.
If he stuck to the diet that we had a dietician help us with, his behaviour was fairly stable.
We took parenting courses and attended meetings, regularly, for parents of children with ADHD. We learned a lot about the link between this and learning disorders. My son really needed boundaries and limitations. Routine and structure. Outside of structured play or activities he had no direction and would often get into trouble. We tried to engage him in different activities that required concentration and in areas that he had interests in.
No doubt, parental involvement and changing our attitudes went a long way to assisting his teachers in dealing with this problem.
It exists, of this I have no doubt, but I also think that too many parenst rush to the doctor for a prescription to ‘fix my kid!’ before they exhaust all avenues. Classic ‘path of least resistance’ thinking. Education and behaviour modification works WAY better than the drugs do, believe me.

EDIT: I know what you mean. Why are they discouraging parents from using the word NO. The new philosophy is that saying no stilts creativity…prevents them from being free thinkers. Have you seen the ‘free thinkers’ we have here in Yahoo Answers?

Mary asks…

is my 16-month-old godson developing autism?

My godson is 16 months old. He is a happy kid, loves to laugh and play and be cuddly. The kid eats like there’s no tomorrow! Which is fine, he’s growing.. my concern is WHAT he’s eating.
His father owns a restuarant, so his mother brings him there a lot to visit. At this point, he should still be on baby food (you know, the chunky kind now that he has teeth). However, she’s been feeding him pasta fagioli and chicken francese and pizza since he was around 8 months old. And now he wont eat anything but that.
I’ve noticed some peculiar things in his behavior for the past few months. Not only does he cry for a good 20 minutes when his parents leave him with me (i watch him a lot, and have been since he was born) but sometimes he’ll be playing or eating and will just start shaking his head, in a sort of spastic way.
I am nervous he might be developing some type of autism or adhd or something. I read somewhere that children with poor diets can develop autism. Does anyone know if this is true? Anyone have any more information about this?
Thank you, this is my godson and I love him very much.. he is the only thing currently to bring happiness in my life.. I am very concerned about him 🙁

barry jennings answers:

Not only is it none of your business how they raise their child, but you clearly do not have kids. Sounds to me like a normal 16 month old.

And if he were autistic, he would have been born that way. He wouldn’t develop it because he was eating pasta fagioli and pizza.

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