In my mind there is no question that a child’s behaviour can be adversely affected by what they eat, insufficient sleep, gastrointestinal issues, and nutrient deficiencies. Addressing these issues and checking for any other underlying medical conditions, can produce amazing results in improving a child’s behaviour.
Trying to make changes to a defiant child’s diet is not always easy and parents sometimes just find it easier to give a small “pill”. Yes medication can be helpful for some children, but not for all. Unfortunately, medications come with their own problems. The child may have a change in appetite, can’t sleep, or as I have seen in clinic, been diagnosed with atypical depression and talks of killing himself (this is a 5 year old!). I have seen some very sad cases. The long-term effect of these medications on the developing brain are still unknown. However the future for these children does not need to be so bleak.