The Activity Splurge and ADHD

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Children grow up pretty fast, however, the “growth speed” curve gradually declines as the child grows up. For example a baby almost doubles his weight in the first five months and then it takes about another 7 to 8 months to triple up next. We all are aware of these facts so we normally do not worry as to why our child is growing so fast initially. But, most of the parents are not aware that children also undergo an activity level spurt, mostly at the age between 5 to 8.

If you are a parent to a child within this age group, do not get over obsessed or worried as to why your little kid has recently become so hyper active and restless. I am right “HYPERACTIVE”. This is the word most parents use to describe their child of this age, while talking to anyone. But do you know that this is absolutely normal and nothing to worry about? Paediatricians say that they don’t classify a child as hyper- active as long as the activities do not disturb the normal functioning of the child. If your kid is able to concentrate on his/her studies, is able to concentrate on routine activities like eating food, playing, bathing etc. , you must not categorize that as hyper-activity.

However some kids are actually hyper-active or border line hyperactive and need help and counselling to overcome their fidgety. Read our expert tips below on how to resolve this issue if you and your child are facing one!

  • Counsel: Counselling works best for children with mild to mid-range hyper activeness. Children at this age are faced with lot of pressures, like they just join school, they meet a lot of people, they are introduced to peer pressure, they learn a lot of new things every day, so this can lead to hyperactivity in them. Counselling by parents or a professional work best under these circumstances as this is a psychological problem.
  • Don’t Panic: The rule of the thumb is to keep your expressions under guard and never to panic in front of them. If you keep on discussing that yes my child is hyperactive, or keep on undermining him/her, this will only aggravate the behaviour. Just remember that it is normal for kids to be over inquisitive, over talkative and over active in this age group. This goes away automatically with time as well in most of the cases.
  • Medication: If your child is actually suffering from AHDH, i.e., attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, you must consult your doctor and get appropriate exercises and medications prescribed. Such kids are usually impulsive and have trouble paying attention. Also get your child checked for hyperthyroidism as this can also lead to focus-lacking.
  • Games: Play games with your child which are meant for calming children and for concentration improvement. Children with ADHD benefit a lot from these. Even yoga and meditation is helpful for such kids. Actually it is that their brain works a little slower and they have to learn to train it.
  • Reward instead of punishing: If you know that your child is suffering from AHDH, parenting must be adapted. You must pair the child with an elder or even younger sibling to do small tasks, and you must reward for all good done. It is tempting to punish a child if he or she talks too much, but that is wrong for ADHD children. They need a lot of encouragement and appreciation to recover. You must also inform the school about your child’s condition, so that they can also handle it in a better way.
  • Keep your child busy: If it is just the normal physiological activity rush, then try to engage your child in some hobby classes that drain out his physical energy. It could be: gymnastics, skating, swimming, dancing or anything that he or she enjoys. This is like channelizing the extra amount of energy into something positive.

Actually the boundary between normal and ADHD is very thin. So you might easily mistake your normal child for ADHD or vice versa. It is better not to worry until your child performs well at school. If you see the teachers complaining, or your child lagging behind normal children of his/her age group, that would be a matter of concern when you must visit your doctor.

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