Children are being diagnosed with symptoms as young as 2 years old. What is happening to our children?
· In 2010 an alarming 194,000 preschoolers were diagnosed with ADHD according to The National Resource Center on ADHD (CHADD). [i]
· 1 out of every 2 preschoolers diagnosed with ADHD are currently taking medication reports CHADD.
· 1 out of every 3 children taking medication suffers from moderate to severe side effects reports the American Psychological Association.[ii]
· An unfortunate 17 out of every 100 children diagnosed with ADHD don’t receive any treatment according to the CDC. [iii]
Preschoolers taking medication for ADHD have a reduced risk of relief from their symptoms. 1 out of every 2 children doesn’t respond correctly to their medication resulting in uncomfortable side effects. Preschoolers may suffer from weight loss, insomnia, emotional problems, and increased anxiety. Stimulants cause stunted growth in preschoolers resulting in children being shorter and lighter than the average. Read more on improving symptoms of anxiety here.
Why are preschoolers at an increased risk for ADHD?
Recently research has come to show that toxins are one of the leading causes for ADHD symptoms in our children. Toxins are everywhere, from the foods children eat, to the chemicals their clothes are washed in. 4 out of every 10 children suffer from a gene mutation, MTHFR, resulting in the inability for their bodies to break down toxins. Some common toxins include: processed foods (cereal, bread), laundry detergents, chloride and fluoride in water, and sunscreen. Click here for our list of toxins to avoid.
What to do if your child is one of the 40%
The best way to reduce your child’s symptoms is by finding out whether or not they have an MTHFR mutation. The first step is testing for an MTHFR mutation.
Does your child eat lunch and then feel foggy and less focused afterward? Does your child have an aversion to strong smelling chemicals? If the answer is yes, then an alternative to stimulants and their side effects are available to your children.
Interested in learning more about testing for MTHFR mutations and the way it impacts your child? Click here for more information.
Click here to take our MTHFR survey
[i] CHADD – The National Resource on ADHD. “Preschoolers and ADHD | CHADD.” CHADD – The National Resource on ADHD. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2017. <http://www.chadd.org/understanding-adhd/for-parents-caregivers/preschoolers-and-adhd.aspx>.
[ii] Monitor on Psychology. American Psychological Association, n.d. Web. 21 May 2017. <http://www.apa.org/monitor/2011/07-08/adhd.aspx>.
[iii] “Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 22 Apr. 2016. Web. 21 May 2017. <https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/features/adhd-keyfindings-treatment-special-needs-children.html>.