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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Home Remedies

Updated on October 23, 2009

Dealing with your child's disease

It's normal for children to experience behavioral problems now and then. But, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms do not just disappear. They continue and can cause problems in school, at home, or with friendships.

There are three types of ADHD:

  1. Predominantly Inattentive Type: This type of ADHD will prevent the child from being organized or complete tasks, to pay attention to details, or follow instructions. This child can be easily distracted or forget details of daily routines.

  2. Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive: The child will fidget and talk or interrupt a lot. They will find it hard to sit still for any length of time, like during meal times or completing homework assignments. Toddlers may want to run and jump constantly, and be restless. Children who are impulsive may interrupt others, grab things from people, or use inappropriate language. They have a difficult time in waiting for their turn, and can be accident prone.

  3. Combined ADHD: Some children can have a combination of the two types.

Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often have more injuries than others. Boys are more likely to have discipline and behavior problems than girls.

Causes of ADHD:

Although, the exact cause of ADHD is not known, research is continuing in the hopes of finding better ways to reduce the likelihood of ADHD. Scientists have learned that genetics play an important role in ADHD, and studies are ongoing about other possible causes, such as brain injury, exposure to environmental toxins, such as lead, alcohol and tobacco use during pregnancy, premature deliveries, and low birth weight.

Home Remedies:

  1. Reward Good Behavior: Children with ADHD need to know they are loved and appreciated. Parents that focus only on negative aspects can affect the child's self-confidence and self-esteem.

  2. Make Simple House Rules: Make it clear what will happen when rules are not followed, and write down disciplines.

  3. Be Sure To Have Adequate Supervision: Since children with ADHD can be impulsive, more adult supervision may be necessary than with other children of the same age.

  4. Stick To Schedules for Daily Routines: Children with ADHD have a hard time accepting and adjusting to change. Serve meals, take naps, and keep bedtime routines set for regular times.

  5. Set Homework Routines and Times: Choose a place for homework and make sure it is in a quiet area of the house. Breaking study times into short time frames with breaks can help.

  6. Focus on Effort Instead of Grades: Don't dwell on scores of homework, instead praise your child for their efforts. Rewards can be offered for good grades.

  7. Boost Your Child's Self-Esteem. Many ADHD children exceed in art projects, music or dance lessons.

Growing Up:

Most children never grow out of ADHD, but often times, symptoms become less as they get older and learn to adjust. Usually the hyperactivity stops in late teenage years, but on average, only about half of ADHD children continue to be distracted easily, display mood swings, temper tantrums, and may be unable to finish tasks. Children who have loving and supportive parents have better chance to become well-adjusted adults.

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