Explore the relationship between anxiety and diet. With some diet modifications, you could be on your way to discovering a reduction in your child’s anxiety levels! Remember, we are what we eat!
Ever stop and wonder why we have an increasing number of children struggling with various forms of anxiety? We can contribute those rising numbers to various external stressors and we can also point the finger at genetics.
If mom or dad has anxiety, the child will most likely develop anxiety in some way shape or form. Let’s consider that your child with anxiety has a genetic predisposition to experience anxiety. You want to do everything you can to try to keep that anxiety down to a minimum. You can do that by taking into consideration your child’s diet.
This resource was written by Special-Ism’s Editorial Director, Tiffani Lawton, RN specifically for Anxious Toddlers – Parenting Survival for All Ages
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Folate Deficiency: Explore the Developmental Impact
Folate is also known by many as Folic acid. You heard about this nutrient a lot during your pregnancy. “Increase folic acid intake through your prenatal vitamins to prevent birth defects.” The importance of folic acid in the diet extends beyond pregnancy and impacts much more than preventing birth defects.
Folate helps in the production of DNA. DNA is responsible to the creation and functioning of all cells. The human body makes new cells every day and each of those cells need DNA. “Did you know that your body replaces cells in your small intestine about every 5 days? That’s about 17 billion (17,000,000,000) new cells your body makes every few days!” (1)
Folate is also needed to create new red blood cells every day. Red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body and are extremely important in providing children with the energy needed to play, run, ride bikes and play sports. Playing and running helps to develop children’s gross motor skills.
Boost Dietary Iron and Improve Behavioral Isms
There is a strong correlation of developmental delays and behavioral isms with iron deficient anemia. There are multiple studies that discuss the impacts of iron deficiency, specifically its impact on behavior and development. Visit Google Scholar and search for iron deficient anemia and behavior and you will discover a plethora of studies examining the impacts of iron deficiency anemia on behavior and development.
Iron deficient anemia in infancy may have long term developmental impacts. Some studies demonstrated school age children with attentional and behavioral challenges who received iron supplementation demonstrated a causal association between iron status and school performance.
Even with so much documentation, many infants and children do not get routinely screened for anemia. This is cause for concern as many children are diagnosed with ADHD, Autism and others based on a set of behavioral checklists without first ruling out medical causes.