Hyperactive or Constipated: Do you really know the difference?

Many children today suffer from hyperactive behavior, the inability to focus and pay attention. Easily distracted, many children struggle with the demands of home and school. Some of these children struggle with aggression as well. Interestingly enough, many of these children I work with for their hyperactivity and focus/behavioral issues invariably suffer from constipation as well. The mistake most parents make is believing that having a bowel movement every other day, or a couple of times a week is acceptable. Most parents believe constipation means the child cannot go to the bathroom for days at a time. A healthy digestive and detoxification system will move its bowels twice a day. If your child suffers from behavioral issues and does not move his or her bowels at least twice a day, there may be a magnesium deficiency. Here is where it gets a little tricky. Sometimes a simple dosage of a calcium magnesium supplement is not enough, and sometimes a simple dosage of extra magnesium is not enough for these children. Sometimes it is necessary to ramp up on magnesium until two bowel movements are achieved. I recommend supervision to this process by scheduling an appointment with me. Just know, before you jump to conclusions about your child’s behavior….you may want to address the nutritional deficiencies that may be a combinational result of diet and genetics. For more information contact our office at 972-468-9114.