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Do food or additives cause behavior disorders?
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PMID:  17048717     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The possible role of foods or additives in causing behavioral disorders in children, particularly ADHD, has been a controversial subject both among health care providers and the public. However, a critical review of the literature provides very limited support for such a relationship. On encountering such cases, the healthcare professional should first establish an accurate diagnosis of the suspected "abnormal" behavior based on specific standard criteria. It is important to counsel the family regarding the standard of care practice and about the limited evidence of a role of foods and additives in causing behavior problems. If parents strongly suspect a specific dietary item, a trial of elimination may be warranted. If the child's behavior shows definite improvement, a challenge in a double-blind, placebo-controlled fashion under the supervision of an experienced physician would be necessary to verify the relationship.
Narlito V Cruz; Sami L Bahna
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric annals     Volume:  35     ISSN:  0090-4481     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr Ann     Publication Date:  2006 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-10-19     Completed Date:  2007-02-16     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0356657     Medline TA:  Pediatr Ann     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  744-5, 748-54     Citation Subset:  IM    
Section of Allergy and Immunology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / etiology
Child Behavior Disorders / chemically induced,  etiology*
Child, Preschool
Food Additives / adverse effects*
Food Hypersensitivity / complications*,  diagnosis
Hyperkinesis / etiology
Professional Role
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Food Additives

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