Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is also known as ADHD. ADHD is a neurological disorder that affects the brain's chemistry. A child that suffers with ADHD will have a hard time behaving properly, following directions and paying attention. It is important that you get your child examined if you think they are showing signs of ADHD.
ADHD affects approximately 3-5% of all children and can last into the later years of life. Most often parents, teachers and caregivers will notice the disorder during the preschool and elementary years. Early symptoms include inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. A child with ADHD may seem like they are constantly on the go and sitting still for dinner, classwork, a lecture or story may be difficult. Usually, the child with ADHD will be squirming, wiggling, touching nearby items or tapping things in their hands. It is usually very hard for them to wait for their turn to do something. Children with ADHD will often blurt out answers or make sudden choices without much thought. It is also common for children with ADHD to become distracted easily and it is often hard for them to complete one task before moving on to another. Because of this, they will often lose pencils, crayons, toys or other belongings that they just had.
It is not uncommon for a parent or teacher to think that a child may have ADHD. However, some typical early childhood behaviors are often mistaken for ADHD symptoms. A psychiatrist, psychologist, medical doctor or neurologist can diagnose ADHD and provide medication, advice, referrals, counseling and support when needed.
There are ongoing studies regarding the causes and treatments of ADHD. Currently, it is believed that there are several possible causes for the disorder. The most common causes are:
*Higher levels of lead in your body
*Maternal smoking or alcohol use during pregnancy
*Food additives and sugar
If your child has ADHD, you may notice other disorders that commonly accompany the disorder. It is not uncommon for children with ADHD to have learning disabilities or conduct disorders. Children with ADHD may also have tourette syndrome, oppositional defiant disorder, bipolar disorder and axiety/depression problems. Children with ADHD are often prescribed medications to control the chemistry levels in the brain. Some families choose to alter treatment and prefer behavior treatment rather than medical treatment for ADHD. Often times, children do not respond well to prescribed medications and the side effects are worse than the actual disorder. The most common side effects of the medications are decreased appetite, increased anxiety, insomnia, irritability, stomach aches and headaches.
my oldest is awaiting diagnosis but we already give him omega 3 daily. There was a mom who shared that a friends son was really bad and she went 100% organic and he was like a new child and docs were so amazed :) Here is some info on foods and why organics are important ~ http://www.euphoricorganics.com/go_organic/dirty_dozen.html. I've also read that red dyes arent good ~
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