Allergy and Hyperactivity in Children
You may be surprised to know that allergy and diet can effect hyperactivity. There are often foods that hyperactive children are
allergic to that, in part, can contribute to their behaviour. These often include but are by no means limited to cows' milk
products, preservatives and colourings, wheat, chocolate, egg, citrus fruits and foods containing salicylates.
Studies have also shown that vitamin deficiencies can also be an issue, in particular deficiencies in calcium, iron, zinc, B1 and
B6 and magnesium. These can all effect various bodily functions that can mean a child is more likely to exhibit hyperactive
However, please do not be tempted to cut huge food groups from a child's diet or start giving them vitamin supplements. Any
dietary changes should be made with advice from a professional.
Allergy testing will identify what foods are contributing to hyperactive behaviour and can also identify vitamin and nutrient
deficiencies. Desensitisation will allow the body to be able to deal with the allergens normally again.