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What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Syndrome in children?

Dr Himani Khanna
7 to 11 years

Created by Dr Himani Khanna
Updated on Mar 04, 2018

What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Syndrome in children

We keep hearing about ADHD and some of us would probably be acquainted with it as well, but then do we truly understand the disorder? Dr. Himani Khanna, Developmental Pediatrician at Artemis Health Institute, Gurgaon, shares with us some basics of ADHD. Let us find out.

What is ADHD?

ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Syndrome is a behavioral disorder associated with the brain, and is known to affect school-going children.

What Causes ADHD?

While there are several factors linked to ADHD, an exact cause has not been pinned down. There are genetic and environmental considerations to take into account.

  1. Environmental factors: Several factors such as a lower than average birth weight, complications during pregnancy and delivery, toxins like alcohol, and early deprivation, can possibly contribute to ADHD.
  2. Genetic factors: Research has shown a strong genetic link to ADHD. Children or siblings of someone with ADHD are three to five times more at risk of developing ADHD.

What Are The Symptoms Of ADHD?

Lack of attention, poor control of impulse, reduced self-inhibitory abilities, physically over active and being restless for most part of the time, are some symptoms of ADHD.

Data suggests that about 9% of school-age children display symptoms of ADHD.

Note: If a child shows any of the following symptoms over an extended period, he needs immediate attention:

  1. Gets distracted very quickly
  2. Has trouble focusing on a task for a reasonable duration.
  3. Unable to take care of details, resulting in errors often
  4. Unable to finish a task with instructions
  5. Unable to care for personal belongings
  6. Has trouble with routine and organized tasks
  7. Trouble with starting challenging activities
  8. Appears distracted when being spoken to
  9. Is fidgety and keeps moving restlessly.
  10. Talks too much even when not required to speak
  11. Replies even before a question is finished.
  12. Is physically overactive when it is inappropriate.

Does A Child Have ADHD Or Is He Just Super Active?

If you see any of the red flags mentioned above, the child needs to be seen by a Developmental Pediatrician. With the help of certain developmental tools and questions, the doctor will be able to identify if the child is just very active, or has ADHD.

What Is The Impact Of ADHD On A Child?

In addition to affecting academic performance, ADHD can also affect close inter-personal relationships. A child with ADHD can also end up with low self-esteem.

How Can Parents Help A Child With ADHD?

As soon as any of the red-flag symptoms are observed, parents must consult a Developmental Pediatrician. Diagnosing ADHD early means beginning behavioral therapy sooner.

Here are some tips for parents with a child with ADHD:

Through role-play and example setting, teach your child with patience and kindness. Reinforce positive behavior, and remember that your child needs you on his side always!

  1. For very young children aged 4 or 5 years, behavioral therapy can be very effective
  2. For children between ages 6–11, and for pre-teens and teens (up to 18 years of age) a combination of medicines and therapy works well
    1. Plan well for your child: Anticipating potential disasters because of routine going haywire can really help your child, and you!
    2. Compassion and patience: While patience is key to any child, an ADHD child needs that much more from you
    3. Self-care: Maintaining a good diet and exercise routine yourself will give you the energy you need to keep up with your child
    4. The importance of routine: Have a consistent routine when it comes to work and play for your child. Use timetables or planners to help plan each activity
    5. Rules: Write down rules and consequences for your child. Explain the reason for these rules (to an older child), and reinforce positively whenever your child doesn’t do something out of bounds
    6. Encourage sports: A sport like a basketball that needs constant motion is great to expend that energy. Also encourage slow activities like yoga, which help develop control of the mind
    7. Diet: A balanced diet with fruits and veggies and cutting out junk to a bare minimum, is extremely important
    8. Consider getting a pet: Pets can help a child with emotional development

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| Jul 04, 2018

is hyperactive kid can play game in mobile for one hour continuosly?

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| Feb 03, 2018

very helpful

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| Jan 09, 2018

good

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| Dec 03, 2017

but how I can understood the ADHD and mild hyperactivity?and how many years or age it can be decrease?means till the age of child it can be impact?

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| Oct 29, 2017

thanks for your suggestions which I will try to follow.

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| Oct 29, 2017

thanks for your suggestions which I will try to follow.

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| Jul 21, 2017

hi how we can control on ADHD

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| Jul 21, 2017

hi how we can control on ADHD

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| Jun 09, 2017

I also want to consult a child psychologist... But i dont know where to go. My child sankalp is having all the red flag symptoms of ADHD.

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| Jun 09, 2017

Thank you dr. For the suggestions.

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| Apr 05, 2017

great

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| Jul 23, 2016

i want to contact a doctor for ADHD child..

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| Jul 18, 2016

may I know the behavioral therapy for ADHD child.

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| Jul 05, 2016

Regularly oil her hair. Every time you wash her hair, make sure you sanitize and wash the comb also before using it on her washed hair. Just like tooth brush, hair brush should be separate for individuals.

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| Jul 01, 2016

My daughter is 5yrs9month old she has dandruff inher hair . how can I cure her problem if any one know pls help me

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| Jun 20, 2016

Taking the child to an early intervention center will be of great help. Doctors can then assess the child's behaviour and suggest solutions accordingly.

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| Jun 19, 2016

What's d best solutions for ADHD syndrome... Actually I can see all d symptoms of ADHD in my child... He is 4 yrs old...

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| Jun 19, 2016

What's d best solutions for ADHD syndrome... Actually I can see all d symptoms of ADHD in my child... He is 4 yrs old...

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| Jun 19, 2016

What's d best solutions for ADHD syndrome... Actually I can see all d symptoms of ADHD in my child... He is 4 yrs old...

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| Jun 19, 2016

What's d best solutions for ADHD syndrome... Actually I can see all d symptoms of ADHD in my child... He is 4 yrs old...

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| Jun 19, 2016

What's d best solutions for ADHD syndrome... Actually I can see all d symptoms of ADHD in my child... He is 4 yrs old...

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| Jun 19, 2016

What's d best solutions for ADHD syndrome... Actually I can see all d symptoms of ADHD in my child... He is 4 yrs old...

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| Jun 19, 2016

What's d best solutions for ADHD syndrome... Actually I can see all d symptoms of ADHD in my child... He is 4 yrs old...

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| Jun 18, 2016

How doctors can help in ADHD, and which kind of specialist doctor can help ADHD children

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| Jun 18, 2016

How doctors can help in ADHD, and which kind of specialist doctor can help ADHD children

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| Jun 18, 2016

How doctors can help in ADHD, and which kind of specialist doctor can help ADHD children

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| Jun 18, 2016

How doctors can help in ADHD, and which kind of specialist doctor can help ADHD children

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| Jun 17, 2016

hi !than q for the information, my son is having the same symptoms I didn't recognise until now. he is 15 years old now,shall I consult a doctor now?

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| Jun 15, 2016

Very helpful, should consult any psychologist or counselor? I thought my elder one s over pampered bt nw i can point out sign of adhd in his behavior.

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| Jun 12, 2016

Can ADHD cure without medicen?

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| Jun 11, 2016

hi

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| Jun 11, 2016

my son is 10yrs old

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| Jun 11, 2016

hi !thanx for this blog. I m facing the same red flag signs in my elder son. what should i do. I stay in kolkata, pls suggest ny good development paediatrician or councelor.

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| Jun 11, 2016

Hi... my child is 3 yrs 6months old ... We haven't joined him in school ..now I want to join him ..but I found some symptoms of ADHD in him ....how should I help him ???

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| Jun 11, 2016

Hi... my child is 3 yrs 6months old ... We haven't joined him in school ..now I want to join him ..but I found some symptoms of ADHD in him ....how should I help him ???

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| Jun 11, 2016

very useful for me. .thanks a lot.

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