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Are there additives in our food that cause children to become more hyperactive?

Are there additives in our food that cause children to become more hyperactive?

Maybe: This is a very significant debate in child psychiatry and pediatrics. My personal opinion is "no, " additives alone make little difference. But, refined, highly artificial foods, combined with a generally poor diet, compounded by poor parenting, and mediocre schooling, all can combine to create problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Hyperactivity (Definition)

Hyperactivity is a term that describes a physical state in which a person is abnormally active. It may be caused by hormonal or emotional disorders, and may also be present in children ...Read more


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Aside from high sugar foods and caffiene, can certain foods cause hyperactivity in children.?

Aside from high sugar foods and caffiene, can certain foods cause hyperactivity in children.?

Hyperactivity/Foods: While there is some evidence to suggest that additives and preservatives (i.e., chemicals) in food do some harm, diet has not found to be directly causative to any behavioral or psychological syndrome. ...Read more

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Is there a link between food and hyperactivity in children?

Is there a link between food and hyperactivity in children?

Linked in some cases: Like so many brain/behavior disorder, adhd is probably not one, "homogenous" condition, but reflects multiple causations, brain mechanisms and treatments, even tho they share similarities of course. Diet turns out to be a useful key for some children, but not a majority in controlled trials. When it works, it is worth the effort. The feingold diet is the most famous, indicting food dyes, sugar, . ...Read more

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Is there a connectiong between hyperactivity and food additives?

Is there a connectiong between hyperactivity and food additives?

Undetermined: The to& fro on food additives first peaked in the early 70's. By eliminating dyes & additives parents often saw improvement in behaviors although most testing could not verify effects.Later studies show minor effects of food additives as well as various foods, exclusion of which improves performance. A subset of the population is probably sensative but identification of the subgroup is difficult. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how food additives affect hyperactivity and an autistic 4 year old, help please!?

Can you tell me how food additives affect hyperactivity and an autistic 4 year old, help please!?

Probably somewhat: Studies vary. Certain food dyes and preservatives have been shown to increase hyperactivity in children with ADHD in some studies. Here is one recent study: http://www.jaacap.com/article/S0890-8567(11)00953-1/abstract ...Read more

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Please tell me what causes hyperactivity in children ?

Please tell me what causes hyperactivity in children ?

All that wiggles is : not just ADHD, although that's a possibility, especially with genetic loading, Anxiety Disorders, chaotic home environment, sleep apnea, inadequate consolidated sleep from a behavior disorder, prenatal exposure to alcohol, tobacco &/or drugs, neurodevelopmental disorders with ADHD as part of the neurobehavioral profile. Behavioral symptoms require diagnostic evaluation to determine treatment plan. ...Read more

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Can sugar really cause hyperactivity in children?

Can sugar really cause hyperactivity in children?

Read on: A simple sugar the body uses for quick energy so initially the child will get a boost but ultimately becaus the Insulin levels go high they get low blood sugar and get lethargic cranky etc. And crave more sugar. If u mean does it cause adhd no. ...Read more

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Does sugar really cause hyperactivity in children?

Does sugar really cause hyperactivity in children?

My opinion,yes: I have seen hundreds of children with add, adhd and even autism where there is laboratory proof of vitamin b1 deficiency. This vitamin is of vital importance in the metabolism of sugar. This can and does affect the normal functions of the brain, particularly the part of the brain that deals with emotions. Please see my blog "oxygen, the spark of life". ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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