CHICAGO (CBS) — A new study by researchers at Children’s Memorial Hospital offers a dietary alternative for parents who don’t want their hyperactive children treated with medicine.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports, the research finds that while pediatricians often recommend medication as the first line of treatment for attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, changes in a child’s diet can also be effective.READ MORE: Brent Seabrook Ending Playing Career After 15 Years With Chicago Blackhawks
LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports
Dr. J. Gordon Millichap of Children’s Memorial says by switching your child to healthy foods, you can ease ADHD.READ MORE: Man Falls On Red Line Platform In Rogers Park, Dies After Train Strikes His Head
“Fish and lowfat dairy products, and to avoid diets which seems to promote or exacerbate attention deficit and hyperactivity, and that’s red meats and high-fat dairy products,” Millichap said.
The study comes in the wake of a recent interest in nutritional therapy for ADHD, particularly the use of omega supplements, the significance of iron deficiency, and the avoidance of what the study calls a “Western pattern” diet.
The study points out that a restrictive elimination diet is “time consuming and disruptive to the household,” and is not the right solution for every case, but greater attention to a healthy diet is “perhaps the most promising and practical complementary or alternative treatment of ADHD. “MORE NEWS: Lincoln Park Zoo Reopens Friday