2 1/2 year old boy in perpetual motion

Dawn - posted on 04/05/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Help me I'm going crazy I don't know what to do.

My son is in perpetual motion and he is a climber. He climbs up on the kitchen counter via the drawers I remove him about 25 or so times a day. He climbs up my bathroom cupboards which are mirrored with no knobs, He climbs in and out of his crib, and he climbs over the safety gate on the stairs I have even blocked any and all holes, slats etc. but he still gets over. I'm about to have someone come in and build a door. I ask him to get down/stay down, I tell him get down, I yell at him to get down, I put him in his bed (that doesn't work but for a min.) I put him in time out, I spank him and nothing works.

Does anyone else go through this, Does anyone have any suggestions, could my child be mentally challenged in someway? Help I'm going to have a break down

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Karen - posted on 04/11/2010

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Well thanks Dawn my youngests father made sure he had no more ( vasectomy !) I would really love another this year .. think its my body clock ticking its last tock ! lol.. so would have to be out on a sperm chasing mission huh ?... thats not really my style. He understand though and was good with last two.. even did the poopy nappies.. really hands on...but now more into network marketing and chasing the dream money machine, so life with him is a bit sour anyway ! (24/7 pc additction on his part !) he lives in lounge and study and I try to keep life going with the kids and do all the day to day durge !.... fun...not ! x

Dawn - posted on 04/10/2010

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Wow thank you all you wonderful women.

Wow Karen I have a 20 year old and a 2 1/2 year old I'm 42 and don't think I'd have another one unless the Dad was helpful my baby's dad is usless pretty much.

Again thank you LOL Dawn

Karen - posted on 04/07/2010

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My oldest now 22 yrs old never slept more than 1 hr a day in two half hour slots he has a brother 14 mth younger ! Joe was always hyper and very intelligent and was walking at 6 months old and in 2yr olds clothes! He was playing football and climbing in parks at 8 months! damn hard work when pregnant with what was a 9lb 9 oz baby! I cut out all sugar apart form fruit all additives, he was milk intolerant and had food allergies , also asthmatic at 6 months ! You could say he was a nightmare first child as he never ever slept all night and only when was three years old after a whole day of walking miles and playing would he stay in his bed!.. not always asleep but by then I had my 3rd baby...luckily his brother and sister were sleepers !...I now have 5 children at 22 yr 21yr 19 yr 6yr and5 yr ,this year !
Joe still does not sleep and has problems staying asleep, he is hyper and always doing sport ( he is at uni studying sports science ) he eats like a horse and more ! is very intelligent and boresvery easily !.....my advice....put in only fresh fruit and veg no additives preservatives etc get advice from your pedeatrician..keep them mega active ie swimming, sport, walking etc and never expect them to sit stll or stop moving ! the more fuel they have ( food ) the more they stay active and awake.
The older they get the more they start to control themselves as piers tend to start helping too as they amend what is acceptable to them !
Yes you have to have eyes in the back of your head ! yes its exhuasting but if you turn it around you get hyper fit ! no they wont learn straight off the dangers ! you can only be there to " rub it better"
It gets better promise !... so much so I would love another baby...that being my 6th and what would be my 9th pregnancy (lost 3 before joe ) and at 44 too! Am i crazy or what ??

Kristin - posted on 04/06/2010

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Talk to his pediatrician! Then, give him opportunities to use that energy in a way that you approve. Praise the good behavior every time you catch him doing it (not climbing the walls). Time outs for climbing things he shouldn't. Yes, it is exhausting (have one of my own and currently 7 mo preg with 3rd kid). The discipline will only work if you stick to your guns and keep putting him back into time out. It may very well take 37 trips back to the time out seat, but he will eventually stay there and know that what he did was not okay.



Your child is too young to diagnose as being mentally challenged for anything more than an autism spectrum disorder. Boys at this age are just painfully busy, little explorers. Take him to the park more, find one with a fenced area and turn him loose with a ball, jungle gyms are good. Maybe look into a Little Kickers type of soccer class, no real skill development, but it does run them pretty good.



hope that helps. good luck.

Jackie - posted on 04/05/2010

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Hi Dawn

I have three boys. My oldest who is five in July is a climber. He even climbed the 6ft fences and had run away from home 11 times. Twice picked up by the police, the second time he had run across a busy road and hit a moving car. As terrible as this was it has cured his climbing the fence and running away as he tells me you get hurt jumping fences. He always climbed cupboards and even his wardrobe cupboards were not a challenge as I have found him many times up the very time hiding. I have found that it has gotten better as he gets older. His brother who is nearly three is at the climbing stage. I just have to say if you want something you have to ask and not to climb as you can fall and hurt yourself. If they do fall tell him "see thats what happens when you climb things". I know its exhausting but it will get better (hopefully) with age. Not looking forward to my nearly one year old following in their footsteps. I think they get bored and are looking for things to get into. I know its hard but trying to find things for them to do such as drawing, painting or play dough keeps them occupied. Boys just have too much energy!

Jennifer - posted on 04/05/2010

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I have two extremely active boys...I understand the exhaustion. My first is now 4 and is finally starting to slow down. My second is 18 months and likes to dance on the dinning room table or stack whatever he can to get higher. I know it is exhausting and there are days you want to just scream, and believe me I do, but lately I have found a little zen happy place somewhere deep down and just started loosening up a bit and playing with them. I worked at it for a while since I felt like I was angry and yelling everyday. I guess, let boys be boys. It does get better. I had forgotten about the crazy vibrating spinning in circles boy that my 4 year old was...but his younger brother is now reminding me! Hang in there and on the days when you are really ready to explode just scream, wave your arms, and run in circles. It gives you a much needed release and the kids may actually laugh which takes away all the tension. I know it sounds insane, but my house hold is sometimes with two boys.

Amy - posted on 04/05/2010

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You might consider supplementing him with flax seed oil, DHA and EPA, while removing all trans fats and MSG. It's not easy, but some kids really react to that stuff. My son is ADHD, and when I did this, it really did help. I can't help but wonder if I might have prevented/reversed some of his "problems" had I tried the dietary stuff sooner.



Just a thought. If you are interested, you could google it for more information. Otherwise, you might talk to your pediatrician.



I wish you all the best!!!!

Dawn - posted on 04/05/2010

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Thank you. Well no he I always climbing unless I'm right behind him . I don't give him but maybe 1 or 2 bites of candy every now and again. We live right across the street from a big park with a minor league baseball field and we go often and we walk to the store across the street alot and he used to have a big blowup bouncey thing but he turned it upside down and climbed up on it when it was proped up on a beanbag which he was higher in the air on that than when he climbs up on the kitchen counter. And his Dad is no help andno matter what he is still very active. It does seem like he gets worse after eating a meal. He climbs just to look at all the junk I have on my counters that I have no place to put it but I am in the process of going through and throwing away and or donating my junk. But I can't get much at a time done because he gets in the way. And I adjusted the gate on the stairs and he is saying "Can't climb "and crying, trying to push the gate down. One day he walked up and down the stairs at the ball park 7-8 times and of course i was right behind him and then he still climbed when we got home. I'm 42 and was wiped out all the next day. Well he was just upstairs again. I brought him down.
He is worse when I'm busy. He was just up there again.
Yes I'm exausted. So much so that I actually take a nap when he does for about and hour sometimes more.

Kylie - posted on 04/05/2010

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I think you sound very exahusted from this, and i dont blame you it sounds like it is.

I also have a 2 nearly 3 yr old and he is very very energetic. I just wanted to ask you if he is always like this or is it at peticular times? After naps, lunch can you pin point an actual time? Does he do it only when your busy and doing something or when other people are in the house?I think that maybe if it was a special needs thing you would notice other symptoms as well?Could it be dietry because riley usually goes nuts after

chocolate and being easter his been bouncing off the walls lol..if his climbing to get to food try maikng him a special lunchbox and put it in the fridge so he can get to it when he wants something and maybe his very own cup ,plate,plastic fork and spoon set to? putiing things like this on his level where he can reach them might deter him from everything else maybe?other then that just stick to his routine for the day and ty to go for walks to wear him out..and good luck hope i was helpfull

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