How can my child's ADHD be treated with diet?

There is limited data to suggest that a child's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be treated with diet alone. Elimination diets (slowly eliminating things from the diet such as dairy, gluten and sugars) have been studied. Some parents who are concerned about starting their child on medications may be interested in trying an elimination diet first.

Supplementation with fatty acids has been studied since it seems that many children with ADHD have a diminished level of fatty acids in their bloodstream. Supplementation with fatty acids, however, has not been shown to improve outcomes without medication.

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