My 2 yr old son is very hyper and active what can i give him to calm him down..

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Danielle - posted on 03/31/2010

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structure is FANTASTIC for kids..if you let them the will get out of control..our job as parents is to NOT let themlol..i dont know what 2yo ISNT hyper and over active when given the chance,lol..

Really look into his diet...make sure there is NO JUNK FOOD or soft drinks or sugary drinks ( fruit juice has a LOT of sugar so water it down a lot)....make sure all his meals are wholesome and nutritious..after a few weeks you may notice an improvement ( if you are not already doing this,lol)..
Also maybe only give him like 20-30 mins of tv a day....structure his day and prepare him for his day, let him know what you are doing and what you guys are going to do next...have a time limit for each activity such as 30 mins to an hr for each indoor activity...
You can also allow free play each day as a reward. buy toys that are stimulating such as puzzles....Look into daycare and maybe see about putting him in once a week :)..it will do wonders for him :)..Also if you are stuck on what sort of activites to do or buy your daycare porvider should be able to help you out and give you great suggestions.

Anyway the best of luck to you and your son.

Jeanne - posted on 03/28/2010

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My daughter is active like that. She even had a hard time sleeping because of it. The pediatrician I was taking her to told me to give her a half a tsp of benadryl at night before bed. That didn't sit well with me so I dealt with the lack of sleep. But when it came time for her to start school and she was over tired it was affecting her in class. I found another doctor who recommended melatonin 1mg before bed. It's natural and it just calms her enough to allow her to fall asleep on her own. I've taken it and it has no side effects whatsoever. It has been a life saver. Now we both sleep at night.

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Caren - posted on 04/04/2010

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This may seem odd, but replacing my son's glass of 2% milk with vanilla soy milk during his evening snack calms him before bed time. And he loves it!

Deeney - posted on 04/02/2010

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Make sure he stays busy and active. He needs to burn off all that excess energy. Also be careful what you feed him. Even if they dont eat candy there are foods that have naturally high sugar content.

Lisa - posted on 04/02/2010

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My suggestion is that you don't even consider using the Benadryl unless directed by a physician. Don't take chances with your baby's life. Not every child responds the same to every medication, just like grown ups, what works for one of us might cause another person to have a bad reaction or worse. Also, Benadryl is not sold as a product for sedating children so if you are considering it, please do like the lady above who mentioned it and let a physician guide you in its use.. I have two sons who are hyperactive. The first answer (especially at that age) is like many of the moms said before this, increased activity during the day, structure and interaction with others their age. Any combination of these, fun activities, will make a big difference in both of your lives. Best of luck! =) If you want some guidance in your journey to better understanding and managing your child's behavior, please feel free to contact me. I am not a professional but I don't mind sharing where I have been and what I have learned.

Becky - posted on 04/02/2010

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I agree with a few of the others make sure he's not getting too much sugar in his diet it would surprise you how much sugar is in some things. It also helps if children this age have interaction with other children their age. My son goes to daycare 5 days a week and on the weekends he is so wound up and actually gets bored because he has no one to play with. On weekends and when he's at daycare I try to make sure he gets at least 3-4 hours outside playing as long as the weather is nice, when the weather is bad I try to get him to the mall where he can run and walk around some. It really wears him out and he sleeps from 8pm to after 8 am.

Marjie - posted on 03/30/2010

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A daily routine of physical exercise is important and does sometimes become difficult during the winter. It really helps to cut way down in their sugar and sodium intake, also. Tumbling, dancing and yoga at any age can help them get that exercise they need to be able to slow down and focus on quieter activities. He may just need a more structured day of activities that includes several intermittent sessions of physical play, then sit-down/cool-down games, etc.

Francina - posted on 03/28/2010

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thank you maybe he is just ready to go to school and interact with kids his own age...and i dont give him any medicine to calm him down...we give him enough attention....so i guess we just have to take more walks...the weater beens weird so i have no time to take him out side also...

Elizabeth - posted on 03/28/2010

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I personally don't think giving children medicine to calm them down. If you have the time to go to the park or for a walk or give him something that his mind will be stimulatd with then he may calm down on his own. It sounds like he is full of energy or wanting attention from you.

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