Questions about ADHD

Heather - posted on 11/21/2010 ( 32 moms have responded )

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So a few people have told me that my 2 yr old has ADHD because she is so active. She runs and plays all day from 8 am until around 9 pm and then goes to sleep until about 2:30 but then she is back awake until about 4 then she goes back to sleep... Does this mean that she is hyperactive??? I don't think she is but others do, What do you think?

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Jodi - posted on 11/23/2010

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2 year olds are SUPPOSED to be active!! Any child 20-30 years ago would definately be considered ADHD compared to children now. In general, children are less active, so when people come across a child who DOES get up and move and shake and play, they automatically assume something is wrong. I wouldn't even think about it until she hits kindergarten at the earliest.
Just to throw this in there, I had/have ADD and was stuck on meds right away. As someone else said, the side effects were worse than the "fix". I couldnt' sleep and went on sleeping pills, I lost my appetite and dropped 60 lbs in one summer (I was a teenager on a new med by this time), I was in a constant "zombie" state, my hair was falling out etc etc etc. My mom eventually took me off the meds and took me to see a behavioral therapist who taught me how to cope with it drug free and it was the BEST decision ever. I would definately try this first before meds IF your daughter (or anyone elses) does end up with ADD.

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Sounds like normal 2 year behaviour .... but the staying awake all day sounds exhausting for you. I have recently started the failsafe diet with my 22 month old son who really struggles with sleeping and wow what a difference ..... didnt go as full on with the whole diet but got rid of anything with bad numbers in it and anything with yeast extract , and all I say is WOW .... CJ has gone from waking 6 or 7 times a night to just just once or twice and he is calmer through out the day and gets along better with is brother and sister. I would definately suggest looking at his diet and having a look at this link ..... http://www.fedupwithfoodadditives.info/f...
Hope it helps you as much as it has helped me ... Take care

Amy - posted on 11/25/2010

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I agree with the other moms that she is too young for that diagnosis. My friend's oldest boy was labeled ADHD by his school's teacher and counselor. She was rather upset by the accusation, so she decided to consult a nutritionist first. They eliminated anything with red/purple dyes and anything highly hydrogenated such as margarine and the non-natural peanut butter. They put him in a different school and he did a complete turn around, became a straight A student and a little calmer and more focused at school. Also is your daughter having a nap during the day? If not, maybe try putting her to bed between 7-8pm, this will hopefully help her to sleep all the way through the night. Good luck.

Jeneva - posted on 11/21/2010

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NO WAY! She is 2! That is way too young to be thinking about/worrying about that. Once she hits about 3 you can start evaluating her more but that is still quite young although your best bet is to talk with her pedi about it at her 3yr check up if she can't focus on anything for any amount of time, has a hard time following simple 1-2 step directions because she gets distracted and can't sit still for any length of time. Until then, she is a typical toddler. My (now 3 yr old) was the same way and still is really active but now she shows no signs of ADD or ADHD.

Kristen - posted on 11/21/2010

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I think I wouldn't give too much thought into what other people say. 2 is awfully young to be labeling with something like ADHD. Wait until she's in school and if her level of activeness is interfering with her ability to concentrate in school, then maybe you have something to be concerned about

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Mikai1986 - posted on 05/23/2016

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If I remember it right, according to my son's neurologist ADHD manifest at the age of seven. FYI my dear my son is also super active and energetic when he was more than one year old. That's why the doctor informed me that my son has a tendency having ADHD. But I must see it clearly he said. I need to focus and give full attention to my son's movements and attitude. Because maybe what he thought at that moment as an indicator or symptoms of ADHD is only just a normal body movement and activity of my son. I felt relieved somehow. But I still followed what the neurologist advices me.

The doctor then instructed me never to give chocolates and candies to my child. Especially chocolate drinks and coffee also. Sweet foods gives us energy. It contains sugar obviously that greatly affect our brain and body. This link might be helpful. http://lifehacker.com/5809331/what-sugar...

I followed the doctor's advice firmly and with conviction. And my efforts paid off. Just for your knowledge moms like me.. My son is now 10-year old. And he is still very active and energetic.. But he does not have ADHD. When he reached seven I returned him to the neurologist for evaluation. My son is normal. Now I strongly believe that depriving your loved ones with things or foods that might have bad effects even if all other people craved for and enjoyed those..you don't have to feel guilty. You're doing it for their own good. Don't worry they will thank you for being strict someday.. That is for sure.

I already experienced it you know. Because I never allowed my son to eat chocolates candies and those foods forbidden by the doctor my son's teeth are almost perfect. He is ten. His milk teeth was already replaced by permanent ones. But never did he suffered from toothache. Each and every tooth that fall out is as good as new. Actually I collected them in a jewelry box. I can sell them also because each tooth does not have dental caries.. Not even a single line. He grew up never experienced to have rotten tooth just like other kids. I can proudly say my efforts being a strict and over protective mother paid off. My son already have one of his inheritance. Haha.

Amber - posted on 12/07/2010

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Mine is the same way...can't even be bothered to take a nap most days...she is almost three, and so alert/active/hyper, constantly from one thing to the next. She is normal as far as I'm concerned, and yours probably is too! I was 7 when I was diagnosed with ADHD and I don't think I ever had it, the pills made me sick and the whole 2nd grade class knew and made me feel ashamed of it (the teacher made a member of the class supervise me at the drinking fountain to make sure I took my pills). It kinda messed me up. Don't let anyone else tell you what they think is going on with your child, it's a recipe for disaster!

Samantha - posted on 12/07/2010

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Well she is very young, and maybe lively! But it may not be that. You must be tired! There are many things any gp would tell you to rule out.. diet.. regime... fresh air, tv all the normal things. I have a son with adhd (been diagnosed but waiting for official paperwork and diagnosis, lol i wont start) he is now 7. But at 2 i just thought he was on a rampage and although he was similar there are significant things to look out for. But i dont think you have to worry she is young, and they dont usually refer a child till they are 6 to 7. As the age shows its still visible behaviour. Well here anyway.. if your really concerned go to your gp, local health nurse to see if you can have your mind put at ease. But i dont think you have anything to worry about... relax have a cup of tea and make sure you have support as a lively child can keep your motor going for days! add me and let me know how you get on! xxx
best of luck for you and your little sweetheart xx
god bless xx (sorry for typing.. i need new glasses and i cant see very well lol)

Amber - posted on 12/06/2010

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My oldest son is 7 and he has adhd, but when he was 2 he was never hyper he barely got out of hand.

Hajjar - posted on 12/04/2010

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When you say "others" are you talking professionals or friends/family? You daughter might be on the hyper side but I wouldn't label her just yet. She needs a full night of sleep, at least 13 hours. That may allow her to focus a bit more. However, at her young age her attention span is very short. Other ways of dealing with her hyper activity is music classes, art classes, hands on projects, gymnastics play areas. Also proper nutrition is very important. Stay away from artifical foods and try to cut some of the sugar and carbs out of her diet. Some, not all! She sounds like a normal toddler to me.

Melissa - posted on 12/04/2010

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lf you test her when she's 5-7, you'll either look back and say "l saw it back then", or "l guess she just was a typical energetic toddler"! Either way, just remember to cherish each stage a child grows through. As parents, we should be more in the moment with them, as we know the moments are so fleeting! Deal with the issue later when it is appropriate to test for it.

Carla - posted on 12/03/2010

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Unless there is a MD attached to their name, I wouldn't listen to what 'they' say!
I have a 2 year old who is WILD and I'm not even thinking ADHD. I'm thinking terrible (wonderful) 2!!!
I'm sad to hear that people are trying to label your baby. To me (and there is no MD here!) it sounds like a perfectly normal toddler! Enjoy it :)

Jennifer - posted on 12/02/2010

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I have a 12 yr old boy with ADHD. I don't think you can really tell that with a 2 yr old. By nature they run constantly. I wouldn't worry about it. They don't even start talking about it until school age with teachers and docs so there's no point in getting worried about it already. :-)

Sandy - posted on 12/02/2010

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I don't think she is hyperactive, but you may want to try getting her more sleep if I'm reading that right she sleeps from 9pm -2:30 am and then from 4a-8a. Sleep deprivation can present itself as hyperactivity and it can be a sign that a child is overtired. It may help to put her to bed earlier or give her a nap during the day. Maybe I'm reading that wrong though. A good book about sleep and the effects of not getting enough, and how to get your child more is Sleeping Through the Night by Jodi Mindell. Children her age should still be getting 12-14 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period.

Heather - posted on 12/01/2010

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Nope, she sounds like a completely normal 2 year old to me! Maybe watch how much juice and sugar she has everyday. But other than that, I wouldn't worry about it till she's older. A pediatrician isn't going to diagnose her till she's at least 5 years old anyways. But ask your Ped. at the next appt.

Connie - posted on 12/01/2010

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ADHD is not diagnosable until school age. My child is the same way. They just sleep well and have lots of energy. It happens. IF people are saying they are ADHD ask them where they went to school and what kind of degree they have!

Kim - posted on 11/30/2010

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I agree with everyone else who says its too young. Definitely watch the food she is eating.My son was like that and we discovered chocolate would set him off. In NZ we also have a chocolate drink called Milo, which is particularly bad for him. Another thing that has been suggested is to make sure they have enough Omega 3. You might need to add more into her diet. At the end of the day, reduce the amount of sugars, additives and preservatives, as much as is practical. And lots of water!!!

Good luck. Having a busy kid can be exhausting, but its a LOT of fun too!

Carrie - posted on 11/30/2010

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Don't listen to them. I thought the same thing with my 1 1/2 year old and I spoke with her doctor about it and she said that is a typical 1 - 2 year old. She told me not to worry about that stuff she is to young to be diagnosed with ADHD. They won't even consider testing a 2 year old. That's normal!!!

Tracey - posted on 11/30/2010

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Perhaps it is best to get it checked out. First get a diagnosis and then take it from there. You can act on it once you know the root cause.

Heather - posted on 11/29/2010

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you would know yourself if that was the problem it might be talk to her dr. Lilli was 3 when we finally had he seen by the specialist. she was unable to sit or stand still for even 30 seconds unable to sleep more then 2 1/2 hrs streight and 4 hours in a 24hr span. she is now almost 4years old and she is doing better she is on adderall she now sleeps and can sit a few moments.At 2 years old dr's don't like to say ADHD at least none I met with Lilli we new something was up with her before her 1st birthday just not what . my youngest was 17 months old when his dr looked at me and seid you your husband and his sister all have ADhD there is a 98% chance that is why theo is the way Theo is . Good luck as I said just take to you dr the chances are she is just a busy little princess who likes the time you spend with her in the middle of the night but I am here if you wantto tlk more about toddler onset ADHD.

Katy - posted on 11/29/2010

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ADHD is too hard to diagnose at this 2 years old, & should ONLY be done by a doctor. Even then, it's not something that you can find the antibody in your blood or the gene in your DNA, so if the Dr. does diagnose her, remember you are completely entitled to take it with a grain of salt! If her activeness is bothersome, you could always try medication, but otherwise you're the mom so remember you always have veto power!

Stefanie - posted on 11/29/2010

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I find ever since my 6 year old daughter got her 24 month old vaccine she became hyperactive ever since.She has been seen by a docter not long ago and we still havent gotten are apointment.I think the vacine had something todo with it.I havent went for my 3 year old sons vaccine and he seems fine.But for the most part toddlers are active no matter what.:)

Betty - posted on 11/28/2010

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I was thinking the same as amy it is probably related to her sleep routine if she is still taking a nap or 2 during the day maybe its time to stop one or perhaps she is needing a change in her daily routine and doesn't know how to express it to you watch her closely for a few days and see if she is trying to change something in her routine

Also has she always done this waking up for a couple hours during the night or is it new cause if she has always done it it may go all the way back to when she was getting up for a 2 am feeding there is no reason she wouldn't remember that at only 2 years old. especially if you have never made an issue of it.

Traci - posted on 11/24/2010

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Somebody wrote that "teachers want to diagnose kids with ADHD" and I have to interject. I've been in education since 1987. Teachers CAN'T diagnose and to be honest shouldn't even use those terms with you. Schools don't diagnose medical conditions which is what ADHD is. They may help in the process by answering a questionnaire but they can't say "Hey, I think your child has ADHD" nor should they. Two is WAYYYYY too young to consider this condition. I would wait until she is at least 4 AND in pre-school and see if the teacher says something. The real test is not to say anything to the teacher but see if you get called into meetings and hear that she isn't paying attention, can't sit in her seat for any amount of time, behaves impulsively, etc... Why shouldn't you mention it? A teacher might see something that really isn't there. Trust me, I can see those symptoms in a child a mile away and I don't need a parent to bring it up.

Karen - posted on 11/24/2010

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As a mother of a now 31 year old son who was diagnosed when he was 7 (with extreme ADHD) and as a Clinical Therapist my suggestion is to read, read, read all you can on the subject-there is new research available everywhere particularly online. For a child to be diagnosed with this dual diagnosis (Attention Deficient with Hyper Activity Disorder) he would have to exhibit both a short attentions span and hyper activity as well as many other characteristics-most of which are showing to be present by 5 years of age. I would also suggest; as I do to all parents, that you integrate consistent behavior modification into your parenting practices as a general rule. For most parents, our ultimate goal isn't to control our children but to teach them self-control and self direction right? So, perhaps you might consider positive behavior reinforcement methods. This does not mean that undesirable behaviors are totally ignored but looked at as part of the process in how your child is learning good choice from bad choice, right from wrong. Got another parenting question? Ask Johnson and Johnson etc..http://askthejohnsons.fanbridge.com/

Kylie - posted on 11/23/2010

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in new zealand they will not diagnose a child till they are 7 because they say that there brain has not matured enough to make an acurate diagnosis. My son has just been diagnosed with adhd (he's 7). And as a toddler he was less hyper than my other son, who im 99% sure does not have adhd he is just really active with heaps of energy. I also agree with melissa being careful of colourings and flavourings could be an idea as these and fizzys and stuff can definatly hype kids up. : )

Melissa - posted on 11/22/2010

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Red 40 dye, a food additive that has an orange-red tone, can be difficult to avoid because it is not only found in red food or drink items, but can also be combined with dyes of other colors. Common children's snacks such as Doritos. colored Goldfish crackers, and M & Ms all contain red 40, as does Kool-Aid, fruit punch, and some bubble gums. Parents of ADHD children who becoming increasingly hyperactive after ingesting red 40 may see a significant improvement in behavior after the dye is removed from their diet.

Melissa - posted on 11/22/2010

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My son is now 17 and is ADHD. They do not test until usually the age of 5. He was tested in the 2nd grade. So many doctors and or teachers want to so quickly diagnose a kid to be ADHD. Be careful when doctors want to put your child on medications, many of these meds are new and have not been tested for along period of time. Most of the meds had worst side effects than helping my son focus. Yes he was focused but he also couldnt sleep at night, no appetite, and he had "ticks". I took him off meds and just lowered his sugar intake and red drinks. Good luck.

Heather - posted on 11/22/2010

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thanks, thats what i figured.... she can follow directions and all that the only time she doesn't is if it's because she said no not b/c she gets side tracked

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