New here...a couple of questions.

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Registered: 04-20-2005
New here...a couple of questions.
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Tue, 11-10-2009 - 2:44pm
I have a 3 year old (will be 4 in December) who is making us crazy. He won't listen to a word we say and while we're talking to him he usually starts looking around at what he is going to do next. He's really not a bad kid but he is never still. He runs around all the time. Even when he's in bed he is constantly kicking his feet and moving his arms around. He never stops talking even when asked to be quiet for a minute or when he's in bed. If he's laying in bed he'll even whisper to himself. He doesn't sleep very well at night and gets up really early, so I know he's not getting enough sleep. Even when his favorite TV show is on he rolls around on the sofa while he's watching it. It's like he doesn't have an off switch. Are these ADHD symptoms or just a typical 3 year old boy? Is there some kind of symptom checklist online that I could look at? A diet I should follow? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Registered: 06-10-2007
Tue, 11-10-2009 - 3:38pm

HI, and welcome!


He sounds like a typical 3 yo boy, they tend to be very active at this age and he sounds exactly like any 3yo I have ever known. ADHD is not likely to be diagnosed at this age, whether he has it or not, I would wait for that type of thinking until he is at least 6 or so.


There are some things you can do, remove all artificial dyes and flavors, inlcuding sweeteners,

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

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Registered: 04-20-2005
Tue, 11-10-2009 - 3:59pm
I have been reading a lot about diet changes. I'm taking my first trip to Whole Foods this week. We'll see how that goes. My first thought was that it was just normal 3 year old behavior but he seems sooooo out of control most of the time. When he's moving around in bed he tells me he can't stay still or he has to move around. That's mostly what is making me think it is more than just normal behavior. Thanks for your help.
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Registered: 06-10-2007
Tue, 11-10-2009 - 4:52pm
It could be something more, but testing at his age is almost impossible, as there are so many variations of normal. It could also be something else entirely.

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

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Registered: 03-25-2008
Tue, 11-10-2009 - 5:33pm

You can get help for symptoms of ADHD at age three ... we did (although you won't get a diagnosis at this age -- too young, but if he's off the charts, you can get the ball rolling with medical professionals). However, the big question is whether his behavior is generating any concern at preschool? That's a big tip-off that the energy is out of the norm. We knew we had an energetic, defiant child but it wasn't until we were getting constant negative feedback from our son's preschool teachers that light bulbs went off that we needed to pursue medical help.

Michelle

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Thu, 11-12-2009 - 11:11am

But, that's not necessarily ADHD, the need to move--that can also be sensory, wanting the input of the movement. You might want to look at possible sensory issues too. (and, both is possible, if not actually probable--many, many ADHD kids are also sensory bundles; for me, both my kids are sensory, but only one is ADHD. So far!).

IS he getting enough movement during the day? Real muscle-tasking stuff?

Megan
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