My 4 yr old son has trouble paying attention and sleeping

Nikki - posted on 02/20/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I am new to the whole mom thing. I am 19 and am engaged to a wonderful man who has kids. Lee is 4 and he has a real problem paying attention to anything going on. He also hates looking people in the eyes and i don't fully understand why. Also he can never seem to fall asleep before 12:00am even if i send him to bed at 8pm. I am pretty sure that he has A.D.H.D because my brother had it and showed some of the same signs. If anyone could help me out i would love it.

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Vicky - posted on 02/24/2009

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I know that this might sound really strange...but when last was he de-wormed.. that also sometimes causes restless sleep patterns and loss of attention.



there is no harm in trying it out though...

Karen - posted on 02/24/2009

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Watch for the hidden sweeteners! He son was hyper when younger and his nursery teacher asked me to look out for the sweetner ASPARTAMINE - it's in loads of stuff. The main thing for me was diluted 'sugar free' juice - you think your doing the right thing taking away the sugar but they're full of sweetner which, although doesn't rot their teeth, affects them in loads of other ways. After a change of diet my sons was much calmer.



For concentration and attention span - a lot of this is age and maturity especially for boys - I know it doesn't help at the time but they do settle down. Otherwise try some fish oil tablets to keep up this omega 3s.



Good luck

Nikki - posted on 02/23/2009

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k thank you for the info ladies :) i will try those things and see if it works and get back to you if there are still problems.

Dawn - posted on 02/23/2009

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Ask his Dr. about melatonin to help him sleep and a good multi vitamin may help some with the attention span, but then again 4 yo boys are not known for a long attention span.

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He's really too young to diagnose with ADHD.  I would wait until he's in school and see what his teachers think.  They're trained to watch for symptoms and will let you know if they think he has a problem. 



As far as the attention problems go, it's probably just his age.  4 is a hard age and they have pretty short attention spans. 



My daughter doesn't like to look people in the eyes either.  She's shy (or at least she likes to act like she is)  and it may be the same for your son. 



As far as not being able to fall asleep, maybe he needs a bedtime routine so that his body and mind can wind down.  With my daughter, we've always done bathtime, then pajamas, then read a story in her bed, then lights out.  I let her sleep with a quietly playing CD which we have on her bedside table.  She's usually asleep by the time the second song comes on.  We've been doing this same routine since she was 2.  In the beginning, it was tough to keep her in bed, but after a little while she knew the routine and went straight to sleep.



Hope this helps!

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