Can Omega 3’s help children with ADHD?

It seems that ADHD has become a problem for many kids in our country. According to the CDC, 6.4 million children have been diagnosed with ADHD in the United States. Could a supplement like omega three help children and teenagers with ADHD? The study was done by Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, and report that omega three may help with certain types of ADHD.
In this particular study 75, children and teenagers with ADHD took part in this study. One group was administered Omega 3 and six fatty acids. Another group was given a placebo within the study given a placebo. The study lasted over a period of six months. The results of the study revealed little improvement for the group as a whole. However, children and teenagers with ADD, which is a type of ADHD saw significant improvement.
In the past, I have done posts about the fact that we as a society may indeed be over-diagnosing for ADHD. In my experience with kids ADHD, it is important to focus on nutrition, the environment at home and not just medication or supplements. If you would like more guidance in dealing with a child that struggles with ADHD please give my office a call for an appointment.
Dr. Shah, MD

Sources:

Omega 3 can help children with ADD, experts say — ScienceDaily, http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/10/141023091815.htm (accessed October 27, 2014).

Data and Statistics | ADHD | NCBDDD | CDC, http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/data.html (accessed October 27, 2014).