What Parents Need To Know About ADHD In Children

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD is not as common as what many parents think it is. In a study, it was revealed that in the UK only less than 5 percent of children are reported to have this condition.[1]  It may not be too common but it can still be challenging to affected parents.[2] However, there are things parents can do for their kids with ADHD. Published by Hypnosis in London on 14 February 2017, written by Malminder Gill.

ADHD is a mental disorder that affects both children and teens. It can also continue into adulthood. Kids with ADHD are usually hyperactive and have a difficult time in controlling their impulses. These behaviors affect both their home and school life.

ADHD symptoms are grouped into three categories: inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.[3] He/she is easily distracted, has difficulty following instructions and completing tasks, dislikes doing things that require sitting still, is always moving, usually talks excessively, often interrupt others, and struggles when it comes to waiting for his/her turn.

Causes of ADHD

The exact cause of ADHD is unknown. Researchers believed that it’s a result of various factors including:

Heredity

Genes play an important role in the development of this disorder. In family, twin, and molecular genetic studies, they found out that ADHD has exceptionally high heritability compared to other behavioral disorders.[4]

Chemical Imbalance

Another possible cause of ADHD is chemical imbalance in the brain. Experts thought that imbalance in certain chemical messengers or neurotransmitters in the brain can play an important role in the development of ADHD.

Exposure to Toxic Substances

Exposure to certain chemicals especially those coming from cleaning, personal care, food, carpeting, and cleaning products can contribute to development of disorders like ADHD.[5] Kids born to mothers who smoked tobacco products or drink alcohol during pregnancy are at higher risk of having ADHD.

Infants and very young children are highly sensitive to toxic chemical exposure as their brains are still developing. During fetal development, exposure even to small amounts of these toxins can have lifelong impact on their brain and overall health.

Brain Changes

Although more studies are needed to establish a clear and conclusive evidence between brain injuries and ADHD, existing studies on this reveal that young children who got injured may have behavioral traits that may subsequently lead to diagnosis of ADHD.[6]

Anxiety

Researchers found out that ADHD could exist with other conditions like anxiety. This could be due to genetics and exposure to toxic chemicals which are also considered as risk factors in the development of anxiety.  

Sleeping Problems

Both adults and children with ADHD experience some sleep disorders. It is believed that the ADHD symptoms make it harder for one to fall asleep. However, a lack of sleep can also exacerbate symptoms of this mental disorder especially among kids. Unlike adults, kids tend to become more hyperactive when they don’t get enough sleep.

Alternative Ways of Managing ADHD in Children

There are drugs that can be prescribed to children with ADHD. These include Adderall and Ritalin. These medications may help a child concentrate or sit still but there is still very little evidence that these drugs can help the overall behavior of the child. There’s also a growing concern in the long-term effect of these drugs especially to the child’s developing brain.

Medications aren’t the only way to manage ADHD in children. There are several alternative ways to help children with this condition.

  • Providing additive-free diet
    Providing a child with a diet free from additives can help in improving his/her ADHD symptoms. Studies have shown that artificial colours and preservatives like sodium benzoate can increase the hyperactivity of children[7]. Getting rid of these additives is shown to achieve positive results from kids with ADHD[8].

    Whole and nutrient-dense foods are the best foods to give for children with ADHD. Protein-rich foods like poultry, lean beef, fish, and pork can benefit them as protein is needed to produce neurotransmitters. Combine that with complex carbs and high fiber food, parents can help their kids manage their ADHD symptoms with this kind of diet.
  • Using herbal remedies
    There are certain herbs that help address the sleeping problems of those with ADHD. Teas containing herbs like chamomile, lemongrass, and spearmint are shown to be effective and safe way of helping the child with ADHD relax. Valerian and passion flower are other herbs that can help address the sleeping problems of those with ADHD.
  • Biofeedback
    Biofeedback is a form of technique that aims to help one learn to control their body functions. In this form of therapy, an electromechanical equipment is used to measure and provide feedback on the physiological processes.

    One form of biofeedback called neurofeedback (also called as EEG biofeedback) is shown to help train areas of the brain that are responsible for arousal and focus.[9]
  • Auditory stimulation
    Auditory stimulation is a method on which children are provided with music while completing a task. In a study, it showed that children with ADHD performed better on arithmetic performance when placed in a music condition compared to speech or silence conditions.[10]
  • Hypnotherapy
    Hypnotherapy or the application of hypnotic techniques can bring about therapeutic changes even to behavioral problems brought by ADHD. This form of therapy has the ability to provide the child with a sense of control, reduce his/her stress, improve his/her sleep, and increase his/her competence.

I’m a certified hypnotherapist in London and for years, have helped thousands of people battling with different issues include weight loss and anxiety. Through hypnosis, I was able to help these people achieve the desired changes they want for themselves. I can help your child too.

ADHD is a real problem. Unless something is done to help your child, his/her ADHD symptoms won’t improve. But the good thing is, there are different types of help available for you and your child.

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