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I am looking to find out if one of the foods to avoid for children with ADD is wheat or gluten? I thought I heard that avoiding wheat and/or gluten helps ADD? Did I hear correctly?

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I am looking to find out if one of the foods to avoid for children with ADD is wheat or gluten? I thought I heard that avoiding wheat and/or gluten helps ADD? Did I hear correctly?

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There is information here on the Site Index - Several articles about ADD. Just schroll down.

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I am looking to find out if one of the foods to avoid for children with ADD is wheat or gluten? I thought I heard that avoiding wheat and/or gluten helps ADD? Did I hear correctly?

The gluten free diet has helped my ADD tremendously. That is one of the biggest benefits. I am so much more focused and alert than I've ever been before. I'm not saying the gluten free diet is the answer in every case of ADD, but it has certainly made a big difference in my life.

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My son has improved on the gluten-free diet. His Ped was evaluating him for ADD/ADHD last Spring (2006). This was the same time frame that I was trying to get DS tested for Celiac and the Ped wasn't going for it b/c I wasn't biopsy confirmed. Ped finally ran the Celiac panel, DS was highly positive, had endoscopy & was diagnosed with Celiac. We went for the results of the ADD screening and Ped wanted to medicate DS. We refused until we could see the results of the gluten-free diet on his behaviors for 6 months or so. He did much better in school and his behvior improved. He is still a typical 11 yr old boy, but you can certainly see that he is able to focus now, where before he couldn't.

I am not saying that the 2 are always related, but I have read in a few different books/articles that these can be symptoms of Celiac/gluten intolerance. I do know that the lack of focus, irritability, hyperactivity and impulsivity were some of the only signs, other than occasional constipation, that he had of any issues at all.

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My daughter has struggled with ADD since she started school. (She's in 4th grade now) We started the WFGF diet about 6 months ago - and she is doing DRAMATICALLY better this year. Her report card last week was mostly A's and B's! This is a kid that we have considered holding back every year since Kindergarten. The school and pediatricians have been pushing medication - but I was determined not to go there. My daughter is a completely different kid now. She's more cooperative, there aren't 3 hour homework battles any more, she happily participates in class, she wakes up easier in the morning, she's nicer to her sisters and to me! I have met several other moms who have had similar results with their children. One in particular whoose son had a severe case of ADHD - and going WFGF completely turned him around. I would suggest that you give it a try! The results are slow at first - it took about a month before we saw a real difference, and the effect was cumulative - I have heard that it takes 6 months to get it completely out of your system. That definitely seemed to be true with us. Good Luck! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. :)

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