From ensuring they eat well, are happy, and well-educated to providing them with a stable and comfortable life, it is easy to see the challenges of raising a child. Unfortunately, your child may face certain conditions no matter what kind of life they are provided. Recent studies have shown that an estimated 6.1 million children have been diagnosed with ADHD. While so many children are affected by this disorder, most people are not truly familiar with ADHD. Here are a few things you need to know about ADHD in children.
Every child is different, so your child may display different symptoms than another child with ADHD. However, the condition does affect emotions and behaviors in most cases. Here are a few key signs of ADHD in children:
- Inability to finish tasks
- Inability to stay focused on lessons/chores in school and at home
- Interrupts others who are talking
- Difficulty waiting their turn
- Fidgety, unable to remain still and quiet
- Very disorganized
- Constantly daydreaming
- Extreme forgetfulness
Again, children are known for being disruptive and difficult at times. However, if your child is displaying many of the above symptoms on a continual basis, talk to their pediatrician today to determine if involved testing is necessary.
Because ADHD does seem to affect a child's behaviors, many people believe the disorder is caused by poor parenting and a lack of discipline. This is a myth that needs to be addressed because there are actually many causes of ADHD.
Most experts agree that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is caused by genetics or environmental factors.
If you or a close family member has ADHD, your child has a higher risk of developing the disorder. Smoking or drinking alcohol while pregnant can also increase your child's risk of developing the condition.
Exposure to lead or pesticides has also been linked to causing the symptoms associated with ADHD.
Unfortunately, determining the exact cause is difficult. To help your child live a normal life, consult your child's pediatrician for a complete evaluation.
Treatment is also a factor that varies according to your child and their needs. In most cases, doctors will suggest prescription medications as the first plan of action for treating the disorder.
Prescription medications may help your child's focus, improving their ability to complete tasks at school and in your home environment, but they often have many side effects that can be problematic.
Lifestyle changes, such as spending time in nature, exercising, and following a healthy diet that balances out your child's blood sugar levels can be beneficial.
Again, before starting any treatment plan, discuss your options with their pediatrician to ensure it is the best option for your child's specific needs.
ADHD is not a life-threatening condition, but it can threaten your child's emotional wellness. Using this guide and your pediatrician's help, you will be more familiar with this common disorder. For more information on understanding child with ADHD, contact your local specialist.