My 9 year old grandson has behavioral issues that are interfering with his affect. He seems to have poor impulse control and he becomes quickly angry. He is also very bright and he is a good reader in 4th grade. He apparently gets sent to the principal's office in school when he misbehaves. He is seeing a child psychiatrist and he is on Risperdol and another medication. His parents are very concerned and they are now considering private school for him.My question is...could gluten be a factor in his problems and if so, how to check for it?Thank you.
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Hello- Thank you for asking the question. I have over 30 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families & am happy to reply.
I am sorry to hear about the problems your grandson has been having and understand your question as to whether Gluten may be a factor in the problems experienced by him.
This has been a source of widespread research and as cited in the following book on the subject, there is no empirical evidence to suggest that gluten is conclusively the source of Psychological Disturbance in Children:
Of course, all questions & concerns related to the care and treatment of your grandsons condition should be addressed with this treating Doctor.
Other citations of interest may include:
Low Prevalence of Neurologic and Psychiatric Manifestations in Children with Gluten SensitivityThe Journal of Pediatrics, Volume 152, Issue 2, Pages 244-249.e1Martino Ruggieri, Gemma Incorpora, Agata Polizzi, Enrico Parano, Massimo Spina, Piero Pavone
Should you have additional questions related to this issue please feel free to ask and I will be happy to help.
Again, this is not a substitute for expressing your concerns to the treating medical practitioners caring for your grandson. Should you have such concerns, direct them to his parents so that they can address your concern with the experts that know your son best.
I wish you the very best at this difficult time.
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