Hyperactivity describes a whole group of symptoms which add up to a recognizable pattern.
What to look for
An older, hyperactive child has an excessively high energy level, is restless, demanding, and fidgety. Such a child has a short attention span, is frequently inattentive, excitable and unpredictable. As toddlers, such children are easily frustrated and quick to break into tantrums. Problems with speech, hearing and balance are not uncommon. While just as intelligent as other children, they tend not to do well at school as often they cannot concentrate. In babies, signs of hyperactivity include colic, prolonged screaming, head-banging and general restlessness. They are often labeled 'difficult'.
Many causes have been suggested, including: Slight brain damage which happened at birth, perhaps because of a prolonged or especially difficult delivery. Allergies, Environmental Pollutants, Candida infection of the bowel and marginal deficiencies of important nutrients such as magnesium, zinc, vitamin B6 and certain fatty acids are also said to be the causes of hyperactivity.
Nutritional therapists believe that this condition is linked with deficiencies, allergies and exposure to environmental pollutants among them additives in foods. A revised diet would be suggested, with an emphasis on eating more natural products.
When to seek further professional advice
If you think your child may have hyperactivity you should consult your doctor for further advice in order to treat the condition properly.
Naturopathy can be a very successful treatment.
Art therapies: Music and dance are helpful in focusing a child on social interactions which they may otherwise be unable to maintain.
Bach flower remedies: Several may be helpful, including vervain for the over-enthusiastic child, impatiens for a talkative, over-eager, impatient child, cherry plum if there is loss of control, and rescue remedy in emergencies.
Other therapies include: Massage, Alexander Technique, Auricular therapy, Kinesiology, Ayurvedic medicine, Chiropractic treatment, Acupuncture, and Homeopathy.
Stimulant drugs such as amphetamines seem to be an effective treatment. Help from a family counsellor or child psychologist may also be suggested. Hyperactivity often disappears at puberty but it can be carried into adult life.
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