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Food sensitivities & ADHD

Food sensitive signs and symptoms

Gluten and casein are proteins with a similar chemical structure. When they are not adequately broken down by the body, they form substances called peptides. It is hypothesised that these peptides enter the bloodstream through a "leaky gut" and cross over to the brain where they affect brain function. As a result, gluten and casein free diets have been promoted for use in part of a larger management of ADHD symptoms. Of course this diet should not be thought of as a 'cure' for ADHD as only a percentage of people with ADHD will have these issues, however in people with sensitivities managing the issues should be a key component of a comprehensive treatment plan.

Signs and Symptoms of Dairy/Gluten sensitivities:

  • pale face and/or dark circles under eyes
  • history of lactose intolerance as a baby
  • frequent ear infections as a baby or toddler, history of glue ear or grommets
  • red ears or one red ear
  • a constant runny nose
  • craves dairy foods, unwilling to give them up
  • craves bread, cereals, noodles (wheat rich foods) would live on them
  • low-key stomach aches and ill-health
  • diarrhoea and or constipation and or bloated stomach
  • excessive wind
  • excessive thirst and sweatiness
  • aches, cramps and tiredness
  • unexplained low iron levels

If you notice some or all these symptoms in your child, then you may want to consider an 'Elimination diet' under the supervision of your GP or health professional.