There are a number of misconceptions that surround ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), and often these are the reasons why parents have difficulties in detecting ADHD in their children. It is important that parents watch out for signs as their child grows and raise a red flag if you suspect that something is wrong. There are a number of health practitioners out there who can help you with learning what signs to look out for in growing kids.
Do not fall prey to misconceptions you come across and verify every thing that you hear with a professional. Get educated, and know right from wrong to give your child the best care. A few misconception surrounding ADHD are highlighted below:
Poor Parenting causes ADHD
There is no evidence to prove that bad parenting causes ADHD, however neglect on part of the parent, abusive and harsh parenting can only make the symptoms of this disorder worst. Parents should educate themselves about the disorder by consulting an expert and adopt good parenting skills to help their children cope with the disorder better.
Kids who are quiet do not have ADHD
Most people would associate ADHD with hyperactivity that would manifest itself as loud and outgoing behavior. There is another type of ADHD as well and it is characterized by daydreaming. Girls are more prone to experience inattentive ADHD as compared to boys.
ADHD is Not a Disease
ADHD cannot be used as excuse for your kid’s behavior. It is a mental disorder that has to be paid attention to. The disorder affects how kids organize and process information. It is important for parents to keep an eye out for signs and seek medical advice if symptoms are worrisome.
Too much sugar and not enough exercise can cause ADHD
There is no scientific evidence that states that ADHD has any relation to sugar levels in one’s body or even nutrition or lack of physical activity. However, just like it is with normal children as well, adequate amounts of sleep, a healthy diet, plenty of exercise can help children manage their energy levels.
Immediate Medication can help ADHD
While medication is important to treat ADHD, most specialists will recommend a multi modal approach. A multimodal approach would include behavioral therapies and education along with medication.
Speaking with a Registered Holistic Nutritionist will help you put together a diet plan in place that will help your children cope better. Staying educated is the best way to help your kids. Also speak with a homeopath to learn about the natural ways in which you can help your child deal with the disorder.