The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) asserts that it’s normal for all children to be inattentive, hyperactive, or impulsive at times, but when attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is present, these behaviors are more severe and frequent.
To be diagnosed with ADHD, a child must have symptoms for six or more months, and to a degree that is greater than his peers.
According to the NIMH, symptoms of hyperactivity may include:
- Fidgeting and squirming
- Talking nonstop
- Dashing around, touching or playing with anything and everything in sight
- Having difficulty sitting still during dinner, school, and story time
- Moving incessantly
- An inability to complete quiet tasks or activities
BabyCenter.com says that if your child is in preschool and acts hyperactively, you shouldn’t jump to conclude he or she has ADHD; most kids at that age are very active. Additionally, doctors traditionally reassure parents not to worry about hyperactivity during the preschool years, and rarely diagnose children under age 5.
If you are concerned about what you feel is excessive hyperactivity, speak with your child’s pediatrician.
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