Is that my child?

Do you sometimes look at your child and think ‘Is that my child?’ or maybe you think, ‘Where’s my child gone?’ or ‘I don’t know where they get THAT attitude from!’

Well, if so, you are not alone!  More and more children are becoming intolerant to the various chemical and natural components in our food.

What our children eat can seriously change their demeanour, learning, general behaviour and attitude, not to mention their physical health.  In an otherwise well-behaved or placid child, a daily chemical concoction of additives in staple, processed foods or the morphine-like proteins in wheat and dairy products may be enough to transform your angel into a little monster.  Our children are all different.  Some can tolerate additives or the gliadin in wheat or the casein in dairy, whilst for others, the smallest amount can trigger an out-of character reaction or an unacceptable behavioural trait.  It may also be seen as learning problems.

What can you do?

  • Keeping a food diary and noting what’s eaten and any unusual symptoms in our children can sometimes be the first step to identifying a food or additive intolerance.
  • For many sufferers of food/additive intolerances it’s necessary to rebuild the gut wall;
    • the function of the gut is to break down food into the simplest molecules to allow the nutritional parts to cross the gut wall whilst keeping out unwanted substances such as toxins and microbes. Once this wall is damaged – it’s only 1 cell thick – then inappropriate substances are able to cross into the bloodstream and wreak havoc on health and behaviour.
  • If your child has a history of antibiotics, this may have caused a poor balance of intestinal flora which can impact the integrity of the gut wall, so nourishing probiotics may help.
  • Cutting back on sugars and refined carbohydrates to reduce the toxic load is also a good approach
  • A digestive system houses more than 70/80% of the immune system, so it makes sense to optimize your child’s digestion to avoid health ramifications.
  • Reading food labels and opting for lower sugar/additive-laden foods, can make all the difference between tears and laughter.

Want to know how we can help your child? Please call Bev on 0484 314 163 for an obligation-free chat.

ADHD Wakerley, ADHD Redlands