[596] From ‘severe inattentive ADD’ to ‘normal’ due to diet (November 2007)

In 2006 my quiet 7 year old daughter was diagnosed by her paediatrician as having severe inattentive ADD. He offered Ritalin to help the symptoms. I was not comfortable giving her this as a first step because in the 2 weeks since our last appointment I had read 10 books and scanned the net. A common theme kept coming up. If your child has an intolerance to a food group there is a likelihood of more than one intolerance which can lead to behavioural issues. I felt I had to investigate this before trying medication because we already knew she had a dairy intolerance as a baby.

I chose to follow the Fed Up elimination diet by Sue Dengate.  Following are the results when food groups or additives were re introduced.

* Colours - anger followed by tears, inattention, lack of concentration, memory loss, head banging and rocking
* MSG/635/Glutamates - nausea and stomach cramps
* Benzoates - aggression
* Antioxidants - 310-312, 319-320 - nightmares and trouble going to sleep and staying asleep
* Propionates 282 - bedwetting and daytime bladder control issues
* Dairy - nausea, stomach cramping, diarrhea, inattention, fatigue
* Soy - stomach aches

It has been 14 months since adapting to my daughter’s dietary needs. She has been reassessed for ADD with a normal out come. Her school work has progressed. She is able to concentrate. She can tie her shoes, hold a knife and fork, remember her phone number, ride a bike, and skip a rope. She is able to follow multiple directions and hold attention to the task at hand. She has friends. We have also discovered she is a budding artist.

Through dietary changes we helped many of our daughter’s physical and behavioral issues including fatigue, tearfulness, emotional outbursts, inattention, lack of short term memory, lack of application at school, bedwetting, vaginal irritation, rash, insatiable appetite, imbalance and clumsiness (she could not ride a bike, skip, hop), nausea and stomach cramps.

My daughter did not need medication. She has food intolerances. As grandma said ‘Whatever you are doing keep doing it. She is a different child’ - Trudi, NSW