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Will a specific diet help ADHD?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Many parents believe that special diets reduce their children's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms. But does science support this? Unfortunately, not really. Some children with ADHD may be sensitive or allergic to certain foods and additives. In these situations, parents may see changes in a child's behavior once the offending food is purged.

However, no diet has been shown to cure or treat ADHD. A lot of parents believe that eliminating sugar from a child's diet will cure ADHD, but research does not support this.

If you want to treat your child with ADHD, talk to his doctor about medication and behavioral treatments. These therapies are proven to be the most effective remedies that exist today.

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