Epsom Salts and Attention Deficit Disorder

Epsom salts may be used as an alternative treatment to help the body absorb the daily requirements of magnesium for children with attention deficit disorder (ADD). In one clinical study of ADHD children, 95 percent were magnesium deficient. Another clinical study which administered magnesium supplements to children diagnosed with ADHD showed a marked improvement in behavior. ADD is a neurobehavioral disorder that affects approximately 4.4 million children in the United States. Of those children diagnosed, 2.5 million on are ADD medications to treat symptoms.

Fast Facts:

  • Magnesium deficiency symptoms include agitation, anxiety, insomnia, irritability, confusion, and seizures.
  • The recommended daily allowance for children are 80 mg for ages one to three, 130 mg for ages four to eight, and 240 mg for ages nine to 13 divided into two to four doses daily.
  • Adding two cups of epsom salt to a warm bath is a natural way for the body to absorb magnesium.