Pelsser 2002: Favourable effect of a standard elimination diet on the behavior of young children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): a pilot study

Pelsser2002Nederlandsch tijdschrift voor geneeskunde 2002, Dec 28;146(52):2543-7.

36 boys and 4 girls, diagnosed with ADHD, were put on an oligoantigenic (few foods – rice, turkey, pear and lettuce) for two weeks.  9 children (23%) withdrew from the study because of illness or inability to stick to the diet.  25 of the original 40 children (62%) showed an improvement in behaviour of at least 50%.   Among the 15 children with both parent and teacher ratings, 10 (66%) responded both at home and in school.

CONCLUSION:  “In young children with ADHD an elimination diet can lead to a statistically significant decrease in symptoms.”

NOTE:   This study was done in Holland where a Feingold Foodlist is not available. Their diet was very much more limited than the usual Feingold diet.

NOTE:  Since 9 children dropped out, the number of children who completed the 2-weeks trial of the diet was only 31. Thus, 25 children improving out of 31 (rather than 40) would be 80.6% of those who tried it, not 62%.

NOTE:  Two weeks is a very short time for a diet trial.  Many children take that long or longer to begin to improve, and some actually get worse for a while first.

MedLine(article in Dutch)

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