Your child climbs on everything
If your toddler treats your living room as a jungle gym, it could be more than just youthful antics. “Children with ADHD will often climb on everything, jump off the steps, and are unable to control themselves when adults tell them to stop,” says Ben Vitiello, MD, of the National Institute of Mental Health. Although your “wild child” might be just that—a little wild—if his or her behavior doesn’t improve, it’s a good idea to talk to their pediatrician, he says.
Your child doesn’t sleep through the night
Poor sleep is by no means a problem isolated to ADHD, but if your kid constantly wakes up throughout the night or tosses and turns, it could be a sign that something’s wrong. “Children with ADHD tend to feel restless at night and move around more because they’re trying to activate themselves to remain aware of what’s going on,” says Dr. Vitiello.