Have you ever felt so exhausted looking after your toddler? Like his little body has unlimited energy that he throws all over the place and has you literally crawling on the floor just to keep up with. But when you think about it, his hyperactivity gets you a little worried. Is there something wrong with your child? What is ADHD and does he have it?
Don’t stress yourself over these questions. Instead, learn about the condition first and when you think your little one has it, visit your doctor so he can discuss it better with you.
What is ADHD?
ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a condition that makes it hard for a person to pay attention and control impulsive behaviors. He may also be restless and almost constantly active.
Many think ADHD is a disorder that affects children only. While symptoms do begin in childhood, the condition can go on into adulthood. And when it is not managed, it can affect a person’s concentration and organization which can cause problems in his life.
So, what are the signs and symptoms that can help you on how to tell if a child has ADHD?
- Your child has difficulty paying attention.
- Being overly active.
- Quite impulsive or acting without thinking.
- He may seem like he’s not listening when spoken to directly.
- Quick to lose focus on something or is easily distracted.
- He has trouble following instructions or completing tasks.
- Unable to sit still for long periods and has the need to be in constant motion.
If you see one or more of these signs in your child, it is time you give your doctor a visit so you can find ways of treating and coping with ADHD.
While there is no cure for this condition, there are treatment options that can help reduce the symptoms and improve the functionality of your child. One way is through medications that can lessen his hyperactivity and help him improve his focus and concentration. Another is through therapy that can help patients take on their lives better.
Knowledge is important not just with ADHD but with any other condition, no matter if you think your child has it or not. Learning about these things will help make you a better parent and can make your parenting journey better.
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