• Madhurima Majumder

The Hyperactive Child-Part 2

If you've got a hyperactive child on your hands, here are some of the reasons your child may struggle to contain his wiggles:

1. Stress

Whether it’s permanent chaos or a short-term schedule change, children often become hyperactive when they're experiencing a stressful life event. Even positive changes, like having a new baby or moving to a better neighborhood can create a lot of stress for a child.

Before you decide your child couldn’t possibly be affected by financial problems or relationship issues, remember that kids pick up on their parents’ stress. If you’re stressed out, there’s a good chance your child is stressed out.

Make sure your child has a consistent and predictable routine. If you’re experiencing stressful life events, give your child extra reassurance and support.

2. Mental Health Problems

Emotional issues often look like behavior disorders in children. A child with an anxiety disorder may struggle to sit still. Or one who has been traumatized by a scary event may not be able to concentrate.

If you suspect your child's hyperactivity may stem from an emotional issue, seek professional help. Treatment can reduce a wide range of symptoms, including hyperactivity.

3. Dietary Issues

While research shows sugar doesn’t cause hyperactivity, some experts believe certain food additives make children hyperactive. A few studies found that preservatives and artificial colors increased hyperactivity in children.

If you think your child’s diet may play a role in his activity level, talk to your pediatrician. There are some diets that can help you discover food intolerances and sensitivities that may be exacerbating your child’s behavior.

4. Physical Health Problems

There are some physical health problems that cause hyperactivity. An overactive thyroid, for example, can cause a wide range of symptoms ranging from anxiety to hyperactivity. There are also other genetic issues that may lead to increased activity.

5. Lack of Exercise

Children are supposed to be active and energetic. Without enough exercise, they will struggle to sit still.

Unfortunately, some hyperactive children get punished by losing their recess privileges at school. Not having an opportunity to run around and play makes hyperactivity worse.

Encourage your child to get exercise every day. Playing on a playground, riding a bike, and running give your child an opportunity to channel his energy into productive activities.

6. Overtired

While adults tend to grow sluggish when they’re tired, children often become hyperactive. Whether there routine is disrupted, sleepy child may seem more animated than ever.

When a child doesn’t get enough rest, his body responds by making more cortisol and adrenaline so he can stay awake. As a result, he’ll have more energy.

Make sure your child is getting plenty of sleep. Sleep acts as a healer for the child. When kids are sick, sleep is the best medicine.

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