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Why Parents And Doctors Should Think About ADHD In Preschool

The Checkup By Perri Klass, M.d. Preschool children are supposed to run around a lot and jump from one activity to the next. Trying to decide whether a 4-year-old's activity level or attention span is truly problematic can raise a challenging mix of questions and concerns about children being medicated for behaving, well, like children.

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Dr. Barry Sears

Early diagnosis of attention deficit disorders is useful, but the solution is often more simpler than using behavior modification and definitely not drugs to change it. Inattention is usually a consequence of either low blood sugar levels or a lack of omega-3 fatty acids to promote building the frontal cortex and maintenance of dopamine levels. Giving a child a diet with consistently balanced protein-to-low glycemic meals will do wonders for stabilizing blood sugar levels and therefore addressing their lack of attention. Likewise, supplying adequate levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet will speed up the development of the frontal cortex that provides behavioral control as well as increasing dopamine levels for the reward system in the brain. Without these two dietary strategies, behavioral modification and drugs will simply mask the problem, not solve it.

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