Nutrition & Behavior
Behavior Disorders
Behavior disorders are the most common reasons children are referred for mental health evaluations and treatment.

Behavior disorders can be defined as mental health problems which feature behaviors that identify emotional problems, and create interpersonal and social problems for children and adolescents as they grow and develop.

ADHD
The most common behavior disorder in children is attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Common symptoms of ADHD are distractibility, difficulty with concentration and focus, short term memory problems, procrastination, difficulty organizing ideas and belongings, tardiness, impulsivity.

Children with ADHD are commonly hyperactive, but this feature of the disorder tends to disappear during adulthood. Unfortunately, over half of children with ADHD continue to have symptoms of inattention throughout their adult lives.

Research with some ADHD-afflicted children indicates that a diet free of foods containing preservatives and artificial colorings can have a dramatic effect in reducing hyperactivity.

Pediagro is preservative free, and contains trace amounts of food coloring in the following flavors: Fruit Punch, Blue Raspberry, Sour Green Apple and Watermelon.

Autism
The incidence of autism, a brain development disorder, is escalating at an alarming rate. Autism impairs social functioning and communication, and causes restricted, repetitive behavior, all starting before a child is three years old.

Currently, there is a lack of definitive science which points to a relationship between diet and autism. However, many nutritionists and dieticians point to evidence that appropriate adjustments to a child’s diet can make a significant improvement in behavioral issues.

Children with autism may be at nutritional risk due to their behaviors around food and eating. Some are picky eaters. Many will eat only a few, very specific foods. This behavior can put a child at nutritional risk when entire groups of foods are absent from the diet.

Pediagro may provide the additional nutrition your autistic child needs in order to supplement his restrictive dietary habits.

Aggressive Behavior
According to a USC study, poor nutrition in the first few years of life can lead to antisocial and aggressive behavior throughout childhood and adolescence.

“These are the first findings to show that malnutrition in the early postnatal years is associated with behavior problems through age 17,” said Jianghong Liu, a postdoctoral fellow with USC’s Social Science Research Institute and the lead author of the study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry (11/04).

According to the study, malnourished children showed
  1. a 41% increase in aggression at age 8
  2. a 10% increase in aggression and delinquency at age 11
  3. a 51% increase in violent and antisocial behavior at age 17
Deficiencies in nutrients involved in brain development – specifically protein, vitamin B, iron and zinc - lead to low IQ, which leads to later antisocial behavior.

In the United States, 7% of toddlers suffer from iron deficiency, a number that jumps to between 9% and 16% in adolescents and females.

Adding Pediagro to your youngster’s diet can help insure that he is never malnourished or nutrient-depleted.

If your youngster is showing signs of a behavior disorder or has already been diagnosed, talk to your doctor or nutritionist about the benefits of supplementing his nutritional intake with Pediagro.