Many doctors and health professionals are very quick to diagnose that a child might be suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
ADHD patients are characterized by their lack of focus, difficulty of paying attention, and restlessness. They can have episodes of erratic bursts of energy and agitation.
Researchers found that certain restrictive diets can help reduce such behaviors.
A study evaluated 100 children between 4 and 8 years old who were diagnosed with ADHD. The study found that when these children were deprived of processed foods for five weeks, a significant 78 percent decline of their symptoms was observed.
This study is shown to be effective only for children with ADHD. Children with attention deficit disorder, ADD, were not evaluated. Also, there is no assurance for its sustained benefits because there were no follow-ups after five weeks. Researchers explain that additional studies may be conducted involving children older than 8 years old.
Relapses may happen if processed goods are reintroduced in the diet.
Researchers explain this may be a great start for additional treatment methods other than medication for children with ADHD.