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How to Prevent ADHD in Children and Babies

ADHD and many other childhood disorders are not caused simply by deficits in neurotransmitters. A number of environmental factors like food allergies and heavy metal poisoning can cause hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention.  This is why many kids on ADHD medication still display some symptoms. If a medicated child is intolerant to gluten and casein but still eats cereal and milk, this child will still have problems paying attention and concentrating even though some symptoms have been subdued.

Treating ADHD naturally has helped a number of parents when medications have failed to bring results, but prevention is still better than cure.  If your family has a history of ADHD, autism, and other disorders, there are certain things you can do to protect your child from the environmental triggers of these conditions.

Breastfeed

Breastfeeding your baby is not only more economical than buying formula milk; it's healthier for the baby as well.  A breastfed baby has a lower chance of developing food allergies and intolerance to casein, a protein found in milk known to trigger ADHD-like symptoms.  The nutrients found in breast milk also aid in the baby's neurological development – assuming the mother is not suffering from any nutritional deficits. If you are breastfeeding your child, keep taking a daily multivitamin and omega-3 fish oil supplements so you and your baby stay well-nourished.

Eat organic as much as possible

No matter how many times you wash traditionally farmed vegetables with water, they will still contain traces of pesticides.  Most pesticides work by damaging the nervous system of insects, but the human brain contains the same neurotransmitters insects have.  Although adults have developed a certain resistance to these chemicals, young children and babies are very vulnerable to their effects.    This is why you should serve organically farmed produce to your family as much as possible, or restrict your diet to organic foods if you are pregnant.

For the same reason, avoid using pesticides in the home as well.  It's easy for children to be contaminated by household pesticides because of the amount of time they spend playing on the floor.

Be careful about vaccines

Doctors and school officials give the impression that vaccinating children is a must.  Although children are vulnerable to a number of diseases, it's startling to discover that many of these vaccines contain neurotoxins like mercury, which contribute to ADHD and autism. Educate yourself about the effects of infectious childhood diseases and weigh the pros and cons before deciding to have your child vaccinated.

Avoid food with artificial additives

It's a little-known fact that artificial coloring, flavoring, and preservatives trigger the symptoms of ADHD. Unfortunately, many foods marketed to children contain a lot of these chemicals.  Avoid buying foods with artificial additives, and restrict candy and junk cereals to weekends or special occasions.

Encourage physical activity

Video games and TV shows can be hypnotizing, but they also encourage kids to enjoy a sedentary lifestyle.  Physical activity is necessary to a child's neurological development, so make sure your child spends a lot of time playing outdoors.  Set a limit to the number of hours he or she can watch TV.