Hyperactive children: the possible causes

Hyperactive children: the possible causes
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Children, as we know, are a concentrate of energies. Sometimes, however, looking at the behavior of ours rowdy children there is some doubt: will everything be normal? Could there be a disturbance? Are we doing something wrong?

An article on the American website WebMd has compiled a list of possible causes of this (non-pathological) hyperactivity, also clarifying how to possibly intervene.

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Could it be Adhd?

First, the article explains, it is completely normal for children to have a lot of energy. Preschoolers can be very active and constantly switch between occupations. Older children are also energetic and do not have the same ability to concentrate as adults.

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In any case, it is natural to ask whether the cause of the child's excessive energy may be Adhd (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). But being hyperactive does not necessarily mean suffering from this disorder: only if this hyperactive behavior causes difficulties in school, in carrying out homework or if it interferes in relationships with other children, it is worth consulting the pediatrician.

Here are the signs to watch out for:

  1. Does the child interrupt frequently?
  2. Having trouble following instructions and organizing homework?
  3. Are you forgetful?
  4. Are you impatient?
  5. Do you speak often when it's not your turn?

If it really is Adhd, these attitudes manifest themselves over a long period of time, both at home and at school.

And again: according to some studies, ADHD has a genetic component, so further attention should be paid if there are other cases in the family.

Read also: Adhd, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

A noisy and messy environment

Sometimes, it may be the environment that makes the child hyperactive, preventing him from concentrating, especially if there is too much noise and too much agitation in the house. So, for example, too many family conflicts, arguments, arguments, could cause stress, as well as chaotic schedules and lack of sleep.

The advice in these cases is simple: try to keep a calm atmosphere.

Sometimes, a child who acts like a hyperactive person needs some silence, a moment close to mom or dad. Cuddle him on the sofa with a blanket and read him a book to calm him down.

You don't get enough exercise

Children can become restless even if they do not get enough physical activity, which is essential to "burn" the energy. Encourage them to move: go to school by bike, go for walks, take them to the paco, let them play chase.

Read also: Children, at least one hour of sport a day

The role of nutrition and sugars

Many people think there is a link between being hyperactive and eating too much sugar, but there is actually no research to confirm this. Indeed: Several studies have tested behavior and learning in children who have been given sugar, compared to others who have taken a sugar substitute. Result: no difference.

Of course, this does not mean that you should let the child gorge on sugar, but that eliminating it from the diet does not solve the problem.

What about food additives?

OK, so sugar isn't the cause. But could artificial colors or other additives be?

For most children - remember the WebMD site - the answer is probably no. But some studies have shown that a small percentage of children with ADHD may be sensitive to some of these additives. So it would be worth trying to eliminate products with artificial dyes and additives - candy, drinks, snacks, packaged snacks - and see if the baby's behavior improves.

Read also: Mediterranean diet and ADHD: a possible preventive effect?

Questions and answers

What are the causes of the child's restlessness?

Too many family conflicts, arguments, arguments, could cause stress for the little one, as well as chaotic schedules and lack of sleep.

Is there a link between being hyperactive and eating too much sugar?

No, there is no research to confirm this.

  • hyperactivity
  • ADHD
  • attention deficit disorder
  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • 3-5 children years
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