Most kids are fidgety, very energetic and more often than not lost in a world of their own. Parents tend to wonder if this behavior could just be a phase and sometimes may get worried and may rethink their parenting styles as well. Today, ADHD is becoming common, because awareness about the disorder has increased. If you think that your child’s behavior should raise an alarm about ADHD, it is important that you consult an expert and find out more. 

Often knowing about the disorder and its symptoms can help you find out about the problem earlier and therefore you can seek intervention at an early stage to treat the problem. In most cases the symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsiveness appear by age 7. Symptoms of inattentiveness are also present at this age, however, they may not be apparent before the child reaches middle school or high school where there is a demand for higher attention.

It is recommended that parents know the symptoms of ADHD and treat them at an early age if they think that there may be a problem present. The three primary features of ADHD are:

1) Inattention
2) Hyperactivity
3) Impulsiveness

When seen independently, each of them do not really seem like a symptom, but are characteristic of small children. However, To be diagnosed with ADHD, these symptoms should occur together for a number of months, or should be in excess, also, they should be the same across different environments like in school and at home.

Symptoms of Inattention

1) Children are easily distracted, they miss details, they forget things easily, and often switch from doing one thing to another

2) They find it very difficult to focus on just one thing

3) Get bored very quickly, maybe within a few minutes

4) May encounter difficulties in learning a new task or organizing or completing tasks

5) Kids with inattentive symptoms often lose things that are needed to complete activities or assignments and therefore have trouble in turning in assignments.
6) Do not listen when they are spoken to

7) They move slowly, daydream and move very slowly

8) They find it difficult to process information quickly compared to others

9) Have difficulty in following a set of instructions

Symptoms of hyperactivity

1) Squirm or fidget in their seats

2) Keep talking

3) Dash around the place touching and playing with everything that comes in their sight

4) Cannot sit still during school, story time or dinner

5) Want to be in motion constantly

6) Quiet tasks or activities are difficult to handle

Symptoms of impulsivity

1)   Impatience

2)   Will say inappropriate things and will act without paying attention to consequences

3)   Will find it difficult to wait for things that they want

4)   Tend to interrupt other people’s conversations and activities

ADHD tends to appear in children as one of the above-mentioned types. It could be predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type, predominantly inattentive, or a combination too. In the combined form, children will have a combination of all the symptoms.

With early intervention, kids can engage in therapy to treat the problem. Parents can help them stay healthy to by consulting Registered Holistic Nutritionists to learn what foods will suit them best and how more than 75% improvement can be achieved with treatment. Homeopathy can help ease the mind too in this condition and parents should consider this natural alternative mode of treatment too.