Causes Of ADD

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Causes Of ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) In Children

ADD can be caused due to genetics, the environment or society; either by peers, family or at school. If you want to know more you can read about the Causes Of ADD In Children.

ADD Caused By Genetics

A report was done that showed about 75% of all ADD children inherited it from their parents.

ADD Caused By Family & Friends

Drinking alcohol while pregnant can aid in the development of ADD for newborn children, which might not be noticeable until ages 3-4 or older. Premature birth and low birth weight can be factors. Neglect, abuse or social deprivation can also increase the risk of ADD (commonly called ADHD).  Exposure to drugs such as smoking and methamphetamine.

Keeping children away from refined sugar, having less stress around the house, avoiding poverty and family chaos or fighting is also helpful in reducing the symptoms of ADD in children.  Behaviors of ADHD children are common in kids who have grown up around violence or abuse or simply bad parenting.

Some studies suggest that in a small number of children, artificial food dyes or preservatives may be associated with an increased prevalence of ADHD or ADHD-like symptoms.  The United Kingdom and the European Union have put in place regulatory measures based on these concerns.

ADD Caused By School & Education System

Peer pressure, teachers, social anxiety can all lead to ADD or ADHD. As well as being the youngest kid in the classroom or grade and not having as much education as their peers.

Itemized List Of Causes Of ADD (ADHD)

Here is a list of known causes of ADD in children. This is a list comprising medically proven causes as well as general advice based on unofficial  observations made by practitioners, teachers and parents of children with ADD.

  • Hereditary – Genetically passed down from parents (around 75% of cases)
  • Premature birth
  • Neglect
  • Not enough social interaction with other kids
  • Low Birth Weight
  • Being around violence and fighting, shouting
  • Being physically abused
  • Being emotionally abused
  • Drinking alcohol while pregnant
  • Refined Sugar
  • Being around drugs and smoking
  • Preservatives in food
  • Gluten Allergy (refined bread products)
  • Lactose Intolerance (allergic to milk/dairy products)
  • Being the youngest kid in the classroom
  • Peer pressure

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A D.O. also helps address the physical and emotional needs of kids as they develop into young adults. Some people don’t know that innocent incidents, like a toddler falling down, can actually put a strain a child’s low back, sacrum or head. OMT can also help reduce the risk of ‘growing pains’, caused by injuries and growth spurts, as children grow older.

OMT doctors are trained to heal the whole person, not just prescribe medicine. OMT doctors, like Thomas J. Kane, are here to get to the root of the problem, helping to potentially eliminate the condition altogether. Read more about the benefits of OMT and the difference between a DO and MD doctors.

It’s possible that a child is just suffering from an allergy, like a gluten allergy or dairy allergy and the symptoms that might have led to a diagnosis of ADD may disappear with the right treatment or life adjustment.

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