how do you cope with over active child

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Lostdamsel - posted on 09/14/2011

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i have a 4 and half year old who has mentallly and physicallly exhausted me.....he only sits still for cartoons, doest not listen to me, misbehaves in front of people.he is although goood at school but does keep on talking and avoiding school work until forced to do work, then in one go he will complete.But his behaviour is driving me crazy.....what to do??

Mary - posted on 05/12/2009

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i have an over active son, ive found found just playing wiv him helps tire him out, such as hide'n'seek around the house, taking them out is good but if its pouring wiv rain what do u do, playing chase can also be fun as long as most breakables r out of the way, and when u catch them tickling is good fun, it makes u laugh 2 see them so happy and u'd be surprised at how tiring it is, but it also makes them feel they have ur full attention and u dont feel so tense, so get on all fours and chase them, i cut all sugar and dyes out and even had 2 find a different juice 2 try as that made him hyperactive, but i also found sittting and reading together is good and reading a story at bed time gives them something 2 dream about.

Lisa - posted on 05/07/2009

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I to have a very active child. I find it very helpful to keep him active during the day. He was in soccer last summer and this year we decided to put him into trampoilne. He loves it and he gets rid of a lot of his energy. As he grows older he is starting to calm down. Just beware depending on age Dr's are very quick to label children with ADD/ADHD.

Lisa - posted on 05/12/2009

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I have a friend who's DD was constantly on the go - she just seemed to have endless energy. They put her into gymnastics and she excells at that. Her mum noticed there were certain foods that would make her worse, and they went in to have her tested. Turns out most of her staples set her off - all the foods that her family ate regularly she had a reaction to which resulted in her hyperactivity. It wasn't just the "normal" stuff kids react to, things like sugars (which are less likely to cause it than other additives BTW) it's usually colours, flavours and preservatives.

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Shannon - posted on 05/12/2009

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Well we refer to our son as the Energizer Bunny on Speed. Does that sound like yours? If so this is what we have done and it works WONDERS! He is on a high protein diet. If he has carbs it is in the form of fruit and vegs. For breakfast he has eggs, bacon, sausage, cheese, yogart smoothie, etc. Lunch he takes his own and I give him some kind of meat and cheese dish plus fruit. For dinner I just make sure I fix more meat and vegs for him. The thing you are trying to stop is him/her from having a sugar plung. Protein keeps the sugar level stable or constant. Also the daily game plan helps. Meaning eat at xtime, change, get ready, go to bus. Pick up from bus, eat snack, do homework. etc. My son was a mess at 4 and now at 10 he is GREAT! My friends tell me what a good man/child I have. He is big for his age, not fat but TALL.

Hayley - posted on 05/12/2009

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check all there food look at the sugar levels like e222 thats a bad one there lots of food colourists in kids foods so be very careful

Tracy - posted on 05/08/2009

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Our son is 5 yrs and could literally do laps around our house non-stop if he is not actively engaged in something he finds interesting. I know he likes to draw, work in the garden with me, do gymnastics and other activities; so sometimes he just needs to be reminded that he can do those things to re-direct all of his energy. We do not allow sugary things in the house so his diet is not an issue for us - he is just naturally very energetic. You do not always have to spend every minute of your time directing your child's activities - they need time to themselves too. You may just need to help direct their attention to something more engaging - a book, drawing pictures, kicking soccer ball around the yard etc. Our son also likes to throw toys for our dog to chase - this way they both wear each other out :)

Kim - posted on 05/07/2009

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I have a over active child to and i find if you can keep them occupied with stuff they enjoy doing works and a very structured routine and plenty of praise when they do something right .

Jd - posted on 05/05/2009

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Honestly This is going to sound harsh and will probably be taken the wrong way but here goes anyways, As long as the Activity levels dont hamper the childs normal function (as in sleeping eating and so on) find more interesting and physical activities that your child is into and DO them.

My son actually has activity interuptive behavior like lindsays daughter seems to. At this point I would consider talking to the doctor.

NOW FYI, that doesnt always fix things. My sons doctor and I have spoken and the best we were offerd was to put him on medication to help him sleep at night.



Limit TV in some cases and watching diet are important but basicly we just have to cope the best we can and keep them on their toes.

Lindsay - posted on 05/01/2009

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iv tried everything taking sugar away, taking her out for the day all day nothing has worked she nealy 8 now and she still dont sleep, constantly on the go,she is nasty to her siblins.iv found a routine helps it dont work but it makes my life a little easyer.

Katie - posted on 04/30/2009

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Routines definitely help. I also would say try to get as much outdoor activity in as possible (fresh air always tires them out) and any organized sports you can get him/her into would be great.

Michele - posted on 04/28/2009

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Try to limit red dye from the diet. That can sometimes cause hyperactivity. Also when trying to get an overactive child to do something, stop them, look them in the face and make sure they are focused on you before you give the instructions.

Many times an overactive child simply cannot focus unless you slow them down and remind them to focus.

Also a set routine helps overactive children. If it gets to be a real problem for you and nothing seems to help, talk to your pediatrician. It may be more than just extra energy.

Heather - posted on 04/28/2009

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How old is your child? If they are at least three I would look to getting them involved in a sport such as soccer. I would check your local Y they have some great programs. Limiting there sugar may help but if your child is like my son it won't matter. My son has been a very active since day one. But I would not change him at all I love the fact that he is so active, keeps me on my toes and keeps me skinny.

Annissa - posted on 04/28/2009

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Give them more things to do to help get out the energy, ex, run outside, do exercise together. Find them ways to get out their energy, keep it exciting.

Olasimbo - posted on 04/28/2009

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From my own experience i think u shld start by stopping d kid 4rm taking any fizzy drinks and high sugary stuffs, try and occupy him with activities like drawing, painting, reading and stuffs that can kp him busy. Or ( this work 4 one of my kids) gt him a game e.g nitendo, psp & stuffs like that.Goodluck.

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