What is ADHD?
ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a neurological condition that causes kids to lose concentration and behaviors that, if left untreated, may make it difficult for them to effectively take part in school, social and family life. Children with ADHD can be inattentive, hyperactive or impulsive, and many have a combination of these behaviors. Other learning disabilities or mental conditions can also accompany ADHD.
What symptoms should I look out for?
Symptoms include limited attention and hyperactivity.
The child falling into this category often gets labeled as lazy, spacey, ditzy or incompetent.
A child must have had 6 of the following 9 symptoms for more than six months to be diagnosed with ADHD/inattentive type:
ADHD Hyperactive/Impulsive Type
People consider hyperactive and impulsive kids as wild, obnoxious, spoiled problem children or, worst of all, or plainly they are termed as bad.
A child must have 6 of the following 9 symptoms for more than six months to be diagnosed with ADHD/hyperactive-impulsive type:
ADHD Combined Hyperactive-impulsive and Inattentive Type
This is the most common type of ADHD, with symptoms of both the inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive types. Not all children with ADHD display all the symptoms.
ADHD is more common in boys than. In toddlers and young children, symptoms often are noticeable in kids who are always on the go and can’t seem to sit still. Most children are diagnosed in elementary school because of inability to focus, make good decisions or plan things. Other signs include not letting others talk, having trouble sharing and taking turns, and inability to finish homework or errands.
It is estimated that between 3 and 5 percent of children have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This means that in a classroom of 24 to 30 children, it is likely that at least one will have ADHD. ADHD is not considered to be a learning disability.
There is no cure for ADHD, though both medical and psychological treatments can help control symptoms. Around one third of children seem to grow out of their disorder during adolescence, but the others find their ADHD persists into adult life.
ROLE OF DIET IN ADHD:
An ADHD diet that ensures getting adequate levels of the right foods optimizes brain function. Protein. Foods rich in protein — lean beef, pork, poultry, fish, eggs, beans, nuts, soy, and low-fat dairy products — can have favorable effects on ADHD symptoms.
Many children with food sensitivities can exhibit ADHD symptoms after they are exposed to certain foods. Some of the common foods that can cause ADHD reactions include milk, chocolate, soy, wheat, eggs, beans, corn, tomatoes, grapes, and oranges.
What can I do to calm down the child when being hyper?
How do I discipline my child?
Disciplinary strategies can be followed for a child with ADHD. This proves to be instrumental in bringing them up.
How can I help my child when he/she has a meltdown?
How do I make use of the symptoms positively?
Attention: “Get Attention Before Giving Direction”
WE need to make sure the child is attentive before we start giving them instructions Take care not to yell across the house and instead, call out to them, tap on the shoulder, ask them to look you in the eye, or walk into their room.
Hyperactivity: “Allow Your Child to Not Be Still”
Whenever possible, permit your child to move around; save “sitting still” for essential times, like school or important events. Allow standing at the dinner table or jumping around in the kitchen. Let your active bunny be on the move.
Impulsivity: “Take Brain Breaks”
The brains of these kids need more breaks than typical kids. Make time for play after school, and between homework. Give them time for daydreaming to give their creative brains a chance to re-charge.
Organization: “Build in Processing Time”
Give them the time to think about things. Before jumping into “important” discussions, introduce an idea and let kids brainstorm on it for a while so they can pull their thoughts together.
Emotionality: “Make Mistakes Matter of Fact”
These kids get transmitted so often they feel they can do nothing right, which is draining for them. Instead of trying to hide the mistakes, show them how you learn from it. Make them understand everyone makes mistakes.
What should I not do?
1. Don’t sweat the small stuff?
Let’s be agreeable to make some compromises with the child. If the child has completed two of the three chores assigned, consider being lenient with the uncompleted task. After all its a learning process and even small steps count.
2.Don’t get astounded and lash out
Keep in mind that the behavior of the child is due to the disorder. It may not be visible on the outside, but it’s a disability and should be treated as such. When you begin to feel frustrated, recollect that your child can’t “come out of it” or “be normal.”
3.Don’t be negative
It sounds simple, but take things one day at a time and remember to keep it all in perspective.
4.Don’t let your child or the disorder take control
Keep in mind that we are the parent, and the rule makers for acceptable behavior at home. Be patient and encouraging, but don’t allow to be intimidated by your child’s behaviors.
How do I bring up my child?
Speak to your child about the health condition, explain relative to their age, use videos, images, to reassure them that ADHD is an acknowledge condition.