Kids Can't Sit Still? Maybe You Can Blame Your Car.
If think you have hyperactive kids, well, much of that hyperactivity is probably a natural part of their childhood. If their active behavior isn’t appropriate to the setting, you might think about changing the setting.
There are some cases of hyperactivity among children, however, that are far outside the norm. There are children who consistently have trouble focusing on the task at hand, and aren’t just sometimes fidgety to get moving.
Parents of these children typically blame their children’s diet, trying to eliminate sugars, preservatives, artificial colorings and flavorings, gluten… practically anything… from what their kids eat.
Instead, they might want to look to eliminate something larger, kept in their garages. A new study published by the National Institutes of Health indicates a correlation between exposure to air pollution caused by automobile traffic and unusual hyperactive behavior among children at the age of 7.
Two explanations I can think of:
1. Chemicals in the exhaust spewed out by cars cause neurological changes that lead to abnormal hyperactive behavior among children.
2. Environments where there is high automotive traffic also have other factors (lack of space for kids to play, for example) that then lead to hyperactive behavior among children.