Understanding ADHD Symptoms in Kids

As a parent, is it natural to want the best for your child and worry about any potential problems or struggles they may face in the future. One common concern parents have is whether their child is showing signs of ADHD. When children start to display inattentiveness or hyperactivity, it can warrant research, professional advice, and possibly even clinical treatment. Understanding signs of ADHD in kids can be tricky for parents. That’s why we’re breaking down the signs, and letting you know what to do next.

What is ADHD?

ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a neurodevelopmental disorder commonly diagnosed in children. This disorder continues into adulthood and can often contribute to a learning disability. As a parent, the important thing to note is that ADHD is not simply a behavioral struggle to get your child to sit still or focus — this is a disorder that can cause a host of other problems. If your child has one or more symptoms, it does not necessarily mean that they have ADHD. The only way to be sure is to have your child evaluated by a medical professional.

ADHD Symptoms in Kids

Signs of ADHD in kids come up in a multitude of ways. Typically, as the name suggests, kids are often hyperactive, this can include fidgety behavior and trouble focusing, along with behaviors like interruption and impatience. Oftentimes, emotions are difficult for kids with ADHD to control and manage. 

Finishing tasks and staying still and quiet while doing so, are generally difficult for children with this disorder to do. This can make teaching kids with ADHD difficult. You may find that your child dislikes and avoids activities that require consistent attention and mental effort. 

Understanding ADHD

It is important to note that kids with ADHD are not always rambunctious, as stereotypes often suggest. Kids might instead disconnect and be less involved than their peers. No matter what signs your child displays, symptoms are shown in multiple settings. For example, challenges would be displayed not just in school when teaching kids with ADHD, but also at home when parenting. If your child is ok doing their homework at school but refuses at home, it could be a behavioral issue rather than ADHD.

Next Steps

If you are concerned that your child might have ADHD, the first step is to bring them to a medical professional, such as their pediatrician, for a professional opinion and potential referral. If your child has already been diagnosed, there are several avenues you can take. One option is medication prescribed by a doctor or a visit with a psychiatrist to control symptoms. This is a serious decision and may or may not be the right fit for your family. 

Although there are currently no scientifically proven, highly effective homeopathic remedies for ADHD in kids, there are plenty of tactics to help control symptoms and help your child live the best life possible. Treatments for ADHD can include extra sleep, exercise, and meditation. Your child might also benefit from therapy and additional time and support while working on tasks they find difficult. It is important to be sensitive to your child’s struggles and listen to their concerns along the way. 

At Coastal Kids Pediatrics, we are by your side every step of the way in maintaining, and improving, your child’s wellbeing. If you have any questions about ADHD or concerns about your child’s behavior that you would like to discuss, give us a call to schedule an appointment, we would be happy to walk you through the signs, symptoms, and the treatment options that might be right for your child.