Childhood comes with a bundle of various emotions, feelings and needs which are often expressed and sometimes, not.
Why? Because they are children.
Innocence, happiness, playfulness and a lot of laughter are what surrounds their lives. Innocent banters and unconditional love for family and friends are part and parcel of this phase in a child’s life. While some kids are slow, shy and introverted others could be hyperactive, loud, enthusiastic, overactive to the extent of wreckage. In such cases, as much as parents try to tame their children they just seem to be getting out of control, which gets them worried.
We are looking at the reasons behind this condition of hyperactivity in this blog, for you to understand the needs of your child in a better way.
How to identify hyperactivity?
While some kids are happy and unbothered for hours together coloring or playing with their toys, others can’t seem to get themselves to sit still for even two minutes. They’re fidgety, jumpy, bouncy, and literally up to something they’re not supposed to be doing, most of the time.
If all your child’s behaviour is affecting their daily life you must explore the possibilities of his or her hyperactivity. While expecting a toddler to sit still for hours or should play quietly all day is unreal expectation and not your child’s hyperactivity, listed below are a few parameters to observe if your child is actually hyperactive.
- Ask yourself if their behaviour is normal for their age. It is normal for toddlers and kids to have lots of energy and there is a difference between being hyperactive and active in general.
- Does their behavior regularly cause a problem in the classroom or with friendships and relationships?
- Do they talk almost constantly and frequently interrupts others?
- Does he/ she move from place to place quickly and clumsily, climbing up places inappropriately, and keeps moving even when sitting down?
- Do they fidget and compulsively pick up everything to touch it and play with it?
- Does he or she have a short attention span and struggles in concentrating to the extent that it is affecting their performance in school and learning?
- Is your child impulsive to the extent that their reaction to anything from correction to a normal conversation, could be very impulsive?
What could be the possible causes for hyperactivity?
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Lack of exercise
- Physical health problems like hyperthyroidism
- Dietary issues
- Mental health problems like anxiety disorder that could turn into ADHD
- Disturbed family life
- Brain disorders
- Nervous system disorders
How to address your child’s hyperactivity?
It is important to understand that hyperactivity is a sign of a medical or psychological condition and not a result of bad parenting. To understand your child’s behaviour pattern better, talking to your their teacher and doctor would be a good first step in order to get your child the support they need. Along with that you should,
- Learn: Learn about your child’s behaviour patterns and their disorder thoroughly, observe and take notes to be able to address it.
- Let them fidget: Give them toys like the stress ball or other fidgety things that’ll keep them engaged.
- Physical activity: Consider making them join martial arts or yoga or even a sport to learn to channelize their energy the right way.
- Support Groups: Join support groups to get inputs from parents who are bringing up children with hyperactivity.
What are the potential treatments for hyperactivity?
The course of your child’s treatment will depend on the cause of his hyperactivity.
- If the child’s hyperactivity is being caused by an underlying condition, medications may be prescribed to treat the condition.
- If it is a psychological disorder like ADHD, the doctor might direct you to a therapist who’d chalk a plan for you. Cognitive behavioral therapy and talk therapy are common practices used to treat hyperactivity in a child. When therapy is not sufficient, your child might need to take medications that have a calming effect to control symptoms.
It requires a lot of experience and expertise to be dealing with children, because unlike adults, children are unable to express themselves well. Our team of doctors at Ankura focus on understanding every detail of the little patient that comes to us, so that we are able to treat them in the most accurate manner possible.
About The Hospital:
Ankura is a chain of Children’s Hospital in Hyderabad. Set up in the year 2011 in KPHB, near Hitech Railway Station, the Ankura Hospitals family has today spread its wings to Secunderabad, Khammam, and Vijayawada.