Toddler Behavior Diet

Submitted by Nick on January 19, 2012

All parents want to feed their children nothing but the best and most nutritious food. However, just because a particular food item is healthy in general, it does not necessarily mean that it is suitable for all children. This is because recent studies indicate a correlation between toddler behavior and diet. Therefore, several toddlers and children who suffer from behavioral disorders or any other learning disabilities may need to follow a specialized diet plan. For example, if a child has been diagnosed with Celiac disease, a diet that is completely free of wheat, gluten and several other processed foods will need to be incorporated.

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In this way, there is a different toddler behavior diet plans, for each different condition. These diet plans have specially been designed to eliminate those foods that can aggravate the condition. Moreover, such diets usually include those toddler behavior foods that have a positive effect on the child.


Most toddler behavior nutrition diet plans are generally based on the requirements of the children that have been diagnosed with that particular condition. Given below are some toddler behavior diet plans that have been especially designed to address various disorders and conditions in younger children:

  • Autism: A diet for autistic children requires the elimination of foods that contain casein and gluten. This means avoiding dairy products, breads, pastas, oats, wheat, barley and rye. Foods that should be eaten are eggs, nuts, poultry, shellfish, meat, fish, beans, certain fruits, corn, potatoes, soy, buckwheat flour, quinoa and rice. Some experts may also suggest removing soy and corn from a diet for autistic children.
  • Attention Deficiency Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A diet that is free of sugar, gluten, additives and artificial colors, should be followed by children suffering from ADHD. Therefore, the foods that should be avoided are sweets, chocolates, caffeinated beverages, several types of fruit and vegetables, may need to be eliminated. Foods that are considered good for children who have ADHD are flaxseeds, trout, herring, salmon and sardines.

Feeding a toddler is not a very easy task and this could be more so in the case of those toddlers who are restricted from eating their favorite foods, because they suffer from a particular condition. Therefore, it is important to get a detailed list from a doctor, of all the foods that are allowed for a particular child. These foods can then be incorporated to make fun and interesting toddler behavior recipes, which could get the child more interested in eating them. However, before adding any new recipe to a particular toddler behavior diet, it is best to check with a doctor.

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