how do you know if your kid has a hyper dissorder?

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Chrystene Marie - posted on 03/11/2013

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hi just now i started to join circle of mom...i join becoz i know i have a lot learn to this site..anyway i have 3 kids but 1 of them is a hyper active..i ve notice to my child sometimes he dont like to play with other children even with her sister..sometime he play alone he sing and dance and i have question he likes to eat chocolate..is it affect for his dis order...pls kindly help with my problem.

Chrystene Marie - posted on 03/11/2013

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hi just now i started to join circle of mom...i join becoz i know i have a lot learn to this site..anyway i have 3 kids but 1 of them is a hyper active..i ve notice to my child sometimes he dont like to play with other children even with her sister..sometime he play alone he sing and dance and i have question he likes to eat chocolate..is it affect for his dis order...pls kindly help with my problem.

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Food allergies and sensitivities are DEFINITELY a factor in a child's behaviour. Ask your doctor about it because a simple blood test can determine how to proceed.

Laura - posted on 11/11/2010

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Rebbecca, since you are concerned about your son's behavior, ask your doctor/pediatrician for a referal to a child psychologist/psychiatrist so that you can have a consultation and possible assessment done. ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and Autism often share similar symptoms which is why the diagnosis needs to be done by a professional. Consulting with a professional will give you some much needed answers about your son's behavior.

In the meantime, try JuLeah's suggestion and look at making some dietary changes. More and more studies are coming out that suggest the dyes, preservatives, HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) and other chemicals used in heavily proccessed foods are contributing to behavioral problems in kids. Food allergies and sensitivities can also contribute to behavioral issues. Decreasing the "junk" food and replacing with whole fruits and veggies, for example, is healthy for everybody AND just might improve your son's behavior. It is something that you can try immediately that won't hurt him and doesn't involve medication. Hope this helps and good luck!

Rebbecca - posted on 11/11/2010

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well he cant sit still at all. he cant stay quiet for even a second. everyone i know that has a three year old says he is over hyper like has a hyper dissorder. they say that their kids are calm most of the time and take naps and they can stay quiet. my son doesnt take a nap i can not get him too and my sister in law has a nefew that is 5 now but when he was three he wasdoing the same thing and they had to put him on melatonine and i dont really want to put my son on anything but if i have to i guess i have to he is just too hyper.

JuLeah - posted on 11/09/2010

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Hard to tell in toddlers, but if you think there is an issue there are things you can do. First, make sure you understand what is 'normal' for his age and what is hyper. Make sure he has many many chances to run, jump, be loud, climb and get his wiggles out. Make sure he is getting enough sleep (at least 10 hours) make sure he is not eating sugar, dyes, processed foods (all of this makes a kid hyper)
If, at the end of this, you still feel there is a problem, have him assessed. Many communities will do this for free. Early intervention is an amazing thing, so I encourage you to check it out if there is a need. But, first make sure there is a need.

Sherri - posted on 11/09/2010

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You have to bring them to a child counselor that specifically deals with this NOT a pediatrician around school age. I was told it really couldn't be done before this.

Renae - posted on 11/09/2010

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Can you elaborate on how he is behaving?



To answer your question - you know by having him formally tested by a child psychologist (not a family doctor or nurse). Many psychologists do not diagnose behavioural disorders under the age of 5, but there are always exceptions to the rule.



Perhaps you can do some reading into hyperactivity disorders to educate yourself about the determining behaviours. However, most of time, it turns out they are just being a normal active kid.

Jodi - posted on 11/09/2010

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Given he is only 3, there is a fair possibility it is normal, most 3 year olds are pretty active. What is he doing that makes you think it isn't normal?

Tracey - posted on 11/09/2010

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I believe you have to wait till they are a certain age before they can be tested for that.

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