Do you feel that it is hard for your child to pay attention? Do you feel that your child finds it difficult to sit without movement or maybe restless and overly active? If yes, it can be a sign of ADHD or Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder or these are the ADHD in kids symptoms.
What is ADHD?
ADHD is the most common neurodevelopmental disorder in kids. It is a disorder which makes it difficult for kids to pay attention, control Impulsive behavior, and feel restless. Usually, the symptoms of ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) start to surface between the age of 3 to 6 years old, and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. However the symptoms like hyperactivity improves with age and other symptoms like poor impulse control and disorganization often continue through the teen year
Many kids find it difficult at some point of time in focusing, sitting still, paying attention and self-control. But kids with ADHD find it more difficult and more often. It can affect a child’s life at school, at home or even with friends.
ADHD in kids: symptoms
Following are some common symptoms in the behavior of child with ADHD, generally noticeable in the early childhood:
Trouble in staying focused on a task.
Often makes careless mistakes
Appears forgetful or losing things. (foods to increase memory)
Difficulty in following instructions.
Frequently avoid tasks that require a long time.
People usually complain that he/she doesn’t listen even when someone is directly talking to them.
Excessive physical activity like unnecessary climbing and jumping.
Be fidgety and restless.
Trouble sitting still.
Disrupt others or can’t wait for their turn.
Act too quickly without thinking.
Constantly tap their hands or feet.
Not able to interpret danger.
Desire for immediate reward.
Difficulty sleeping.(What are some foods that help in sound sleep?)
However the exact cause of ADHD is not clear yet and research is continuing. The kids with family history of ADHD, who were born premature or have low birth weight, brain injury that happened either in the womb or later in life are at high risk.
If you notice any of the above ADHD in kids symptoms in your child, you must go for a proper diagnosis as recommended by the doctor. While there is no specific test for ADHD, diagnosis may likely include.
Gathering information about the symptoms that exist, and from when these symptoms started.
Whether these symptoms are affecting their day to day life, or they find it difficult to socialize.
Family history of ADHD.
May also involve interviews or questionnaires for family members, teachers and others close to the child.
It is important to differentiate ADHD from other clinical disorders as it can have symptoms that may overlap with them. Mood disorders such as depression and anxiety can be misdiagnosed in a patient with ADHD as these symptoms (inattention and poor focus, memory loss, distractibility, etc) generally persist in individuals with the disorder
Treatment and Therapies
While there is no cure for ADHD, currently available treatments can help reduce symptoms and improve functioning. Treatments include medication, psychotherapy, education or training, or a combination of treatments.
Healthy ADHD diet for kids:
It is very important to feed kids a nutritious diet from the early years itself, even more important if the child is suffering from ADHD. Along with the treatment and therapies a healthy ADHD diet for kids including essential nutrients is must, which may help in reducing the symptoms. Experts say whatever is good for the brain is likely to be good for ADHD. Below is the list of essential nutrients recommended as a part of a healthy ADHD diet.
Protein is an important part of a healthy diet. It builds, maintains and repairs body tissues. It is also essential for brain health and plays an important role in producing neurotransmitters (brain chemical). It’s also integral in forming enzymes and hormones in the body. From digestion to immunity, from hair to nails, everything requires protein. Some foods rich in protein are: nuts and seeds, egg and dairy products.(how to get a protein rich diet?)
Omega 3 fatty acids:
Research has established a link between omega 3 fatty acids and brain development in early childhood. These healthy fats have amazing brain boosting power and play a vital role in enhancing memory and attention span. Fish & walnuts are a very good source of omega 3. (Why is Omega 3 important for your kids?)
In our body, Magnesium is responsible for nerve transmission and nerve-muscle coordination. In other words, it protects against the excessive excitement in a child (which can be traumatic). There is enough research going on how Magnesium can help in fixing or preventing neurological disorders. Banana, avocado, pumpkin seeds and spinach are some food sources of magnesium.(what are some disorders in which magnesium can help?)
Zinc is considered an essential nutrient which means that the body cannot produce or store it. For this reason, it is very important to add zinc in your daily diet. Zinc is required for proper brain function and development, immune function, protein synthesis, wound healing. Some food sources rich in zinc are: nuts, pumpkin seeds, spinach, chicken, shrimp and kidney beans. (How can zinc help with hair and skin health?)
Iron is an important dietary mineral which is essential for the growth and development of kids- both physical and mental growth. It is also responsible for carrying oxygen from lungs to different parts of the body. Lack of iron in children’s bodies leads to iron deficiency (how to deal with iron deficiency in kids?) and may also significantly affect dopamine metabolism (brain chemical). Green vegetables, fruits, and dried fruits are some sources of iron rich foods.(How can a cast iron pan help?)
Having whole grains and less processed food and flours reduces risk of blood sugar spikes, also they feel full for longer, this will prevent them from unnecessary snacking. It also encourages better sleep. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and lentils are carbs rich foods.(importance of good carbs for kids)
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