All small children are usually hyperactive and full of energy. When you look at them, you wonder where they find enough energy to be so agitated. However, in some cases, toddlers are hyperactive because of a brain disorder called ADHD. This neurological disease requires a special attention from parents!
Attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity is a mental illness that makes it difficult for the child to concentrate, is hyperactive and can’t be controlled enough. This neurological disease is difficult to diagnose because even healthy children sometimes behave this way.
Here are 3 main symptoms of ADHD that can help parents to establish a primary diagnosis.
This is the most obvious sign of ADHD. In general, these children move a lot and try to do several things at the same time.
Small children who have ADHD most often show the following symptoms:
- Disinhibition and anxiety;
- Unable to sit quietly for at least a few minutes;
- Tasling constantly;
- Moving constantly;
- Constantly move from one place/toy to another.
Even if such children happen to sit in one place, at least part of their body is constantly moving.
Do not imagine that toddlers who suffer from ADHD are always inattentive. They only lose their concentration when they find repetitive and boring tasks. In addition, these children tend to move quickly from one activity to another and find it difficult to complete a task. They have trouble processing information in the immediate future.
Toddlers with ADHD find it hard to:
- Focus on completing a task;
- Listen long;
- Memorize instructions and listen to them;
- Remember the details;
- Organize toys;
- Remember where they put things.
However, parents should remember that these behaviors aren’t always a manifestation of ADHD.
3. Impulsive behavior
These toddlers are characterized by a lack of self-control. It’s mostly about what they say and what they do. They have no patience and not thinkING before taking action.
Toddlers who are a little older may have the following symptoms:
- Invade the space of another;
- Interrupt conversations;
- Act without thinking before;
- Speak without being asked;
- Having frequent seizures for no reason.
Children who suffer from this disorder are very moody. They are extremely sensitive, angry and emotional to excess.
Additional symptoms of ADHD in toddlers
Sometimes, in addition to the 3 symptoms listed above, we can also find others that include the following:
these children are extremely aggressive while they play;
they trust the strangers very quickly;
they are afraid of nothing and are very brave;
at the age of 4, they are unable to jump on one foot.
- These children are extremely aggressive while playing;
- They quickly trust strangers;
- They are afraid of nothing and are very brave;
- At the age of 4, they are unable to jump on one foot.
All is not so dark!
According to psychologists, ADHD also has positive effects on children. Children who suffer from it are usually born with high artistic or intellectual abilities.
1. They are full of energy when working on an interesting task.
2. They are motivated and able to reach their goal (if they set themselves).
3. They always have a lot of different ideas. These children are rarely content to consider only one solution and are open to new alternatives.
4. They are extremely creative and have a lot of imagination.
5. They solve problems very quickly.
Does this disorder require treatment?
Yes! That said, if your baby is only inattentive, impulsive and hyperactive, that doesn’t mean he suffers from ADHD. Children who have this syndrome are usually characterized by their excessive energy and are unable to concentrate. That’s why they show incredible impulsiveness in everything they do.
However, all of the symptoms described above may refer to other behavioural or neurological disorders. In addition, they may even be a reaction to certain life events.
Here are some examples :
- Serious psycho-traumatic experiences such as the death of a loved one or a moving to another city;
- Learning disabilities
- Mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder and aggravated anxiety;
- Behavioural disorders
- Neurological diseases such as epilepsy and persistent sleep disorders;
- Thyroid gland problems.
Unfortunately, ADHD still has no cure. That said, you can still make some lifestyle and diet changes to improve your toddler’s life. If this condition is not treated, its symptoms will only get worse, which will greatly reduce your child’s chances of living happily.
Obviously, parents shouldn’t be paranoid, if you suspect that your child has behavioral problems, please consult a child psychologist or neurologist.