Irritable-cranky children

Irritable-cranky children are very common! Children are often irritable cranky and moody. We call this the tiresome twos, the terrible threes, the fearsome fours and the frightful fives – but is it fair to expect our children to be troublesome? Are they being naughty? Are they deliberately being difficult? … I think not!

Irritable-cranky although Not Naughty!

My experience is that many of these children are feeling uncomfortable – they are too young to directly tell you. But they seem to be having headaches, sore tummies and aches. The only way that they know to respond is by grizzling. They are not being naughty … they are unwell.

How do I know this? Well, it they are diagnosed with gluten sensitivity, when they go gluten-free their behavior dramatically changes. At last, they are happy! Gluten-free diets seem to transform many of these children from irritable to lovable.

These children and their parents have written their stories in Gluten-Related disorder: Sick? Tired? Grumpy?” Please have a read of it – you will be surprised.

Sick, tired and grumpy – most common symptoms

Many children with food allergy/ intolerance can be described as “Sick, tired and grumpy”. They are often “run down” and feel lethargic. They often want to just sit around and watch the screen. They seem to have lost the spark of childhood.

Sometimes these children are thought to be “naughty”. They are grumpy and tend to have irritability and “behaviour problems”. This can be explained by them feeling unwell and they do not feel up to fitting in with your plans.

These symptoms are very common with gluten illness: celiac disease and gluten intolerance. It is best to get blood tests prior to trying gluten free.



Many of these children are treated with Ritalin (methylphenidate), however, taking them off gluten often does the trick.

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, unspecified type is defined by an International Classification of Disease: 2015 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code F90.9

Clinical Information

  • A behavior disorder in which the essential features are signs of developmentally inappropriate inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity.
  • A behavior disorder originating in childhood in which the essential features are signs of developmentally inappropriate inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. Although most individuals have symptoms of both inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity, one or the other pattern may be predominant. The disorder is more frequent in males than females. Onset is in childhood. Symptoms often attenuate during late adolescence although a minority experience the full complement of symptoms into mid-adulthood. (from dsm-iv)
  • A disorder characterized by a marked pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that is inconsistent with developmental level and clearly interferes with functioning in at least two settings (e.g. At home and at school). At least some of the symptoms must be present before the age of 7 years.
    Is it hard for your child to sit still? does your child act without thinking first? does your child start but not finish things? if so, your child may have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd). Nearly everyone shows some of these behaviors at times, but adhd lasts more than 6 months and causes problems in school, at home and in social situations. Adhd is more common in boys than girls. It affects 3-5 percent of all american children.the main features of adhd are
  1. inattention
  2. hyperactivity
  3. impulsivity
  • No one knows exactly what causes adhd. It sometimes runs in families, so genetics may be a factor. There may also be environmental factors.a complete evaluation by a trained professional is the only way to know for sure if your child has adhd. Treatment may include medicine to control symptoms, therapy, or both. Structure at home and at school is important. Parent training may also help.

Applicable To:

  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder of childhood or adolescence NOS
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder NOS

Description Synonyms:

  • Adhd
  • Articulation disorder due to hyperkinesis
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Conduct disorder, hyperkinetic
  • Developmental articulation disorder due to hyperkinesis
  • Developmental speech disorder due to hyperkinesis
  • Hyperkinetic conduct disorder