Behavioural complaints, such as ADHD in children or ADD in children affect learning, memory, mental activity and stress responses. These are all regulated by a group of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters also determine mood, sleep and interest in food.
If a child or teen is acting out at school, struggling to learn or showing signs that they are struggling to fit in, there IS an answer.
ADHD in Children / ADD in Children
All too often, children are diagnosed with ADD or ADHD and heavily medicated. They may simply have trouble concentrating due to imbalanced brain chemicals. Brain chemicals are produced in part by specific gut bacteria. Something as simple as taking antibiotics or having a nasty cold or stomach bug can change the bacterial balance in the gut. The change in bacteria has a flow on effect and neurotransmitter production slows. It can take up to 2 years from an initial infection for behavioural symptoms to start.
If your child has had a diagnosis of attention deficit or has started exhibiting unusual behaviours, there are plenty of options available. Amphetamine drugs are not the only answer for ADHD in children. In fact, those drugs may make things worse in the long run. Both Ritalin and dexamphetamine can cause addictive pathways in the brain leading to further neurotransmitter depletion and a more unstable child / young adult.
Drug free testing and treatments are available. They provide a stable foundation in the brain for which a child can develop and thrive. Don’t let your child get stuck in the drug cycle or be told that there is “something wrong” with them. Don’t let them be labelled for life, when the issue may be as simple as one missing bacterial species.
Contact our specially trained naturopaths for a free consultation today. You can even have the consultation over the phone, so you can fit it in during your lunch break.