Overactivity in Children
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- What is Overactivity in Children?
- What Causes Overactivity in Children?
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What is Overactivity in Children?
It is quite natural for children to be energetic, lively, and mischievous and to have enquiring minds. Some children on the other hand can be loud, demanding, have difficulty sitting still, fidget constantly and always seek attention. Often this type of behavior is described as “hyper” or overactive. An overactive child does tend to be disruptive, difficult to manage and control, and very often creates negative attention. As a parent you would also have to consider whether your child’s behavior is appropriate for his or her age.
What Causes Overactivity in Children?
Children in kindergarten and between the ages of 5 and 6 years generally are a bundle of energy and cannot sit still for too long. If this behavior still continues by the age of 8, it is considered developmentally inappropriate. Usually overactive behavior is not a cause for major concern and it may also just be a behavioral problem.
Self control measures need to be implemented together with helping the child to channel his or her energy into a more constructive action. Maintaining structure, setting clear boundaries and routines can help a restless, excitable child become a happy, more positive and secure adult.
Being termed “hyper” or overactive can sometimes be very misleading and as a result be associated with an attention deficit disorder (ADD or ADHD). If children are displaying signs of poor concentration, (link to impulsivity, restlessness, overactivity and participating in dangerous activities that interferes with their day to day routine and the ability to forge friendships, you may need to contact your health practitioner.
This type of behavior has to be treated early to avoid further problems that may develop as they grow up. Learning disorders, problems affecting work life and sustaining interpersonal relationships often occur if these behaviors are left untreated. Adults may also display overactive behavior if they struggle to focus, struggle to maintain concentration or have difficulties directing their energies in a positive manner. Overactive behavior may also be a symptom of bipolar disorder, particularly during manic episodes as well as attention deficit disorder in adults.
Help for Overactivity in Children
Herbal and homeopathic remedies naturally help to reduce overactive behavior in children and adults while promoting calmness and the ability to focus and maintain concentration. A selection of herbs are used specifically to support and maintain brain and “nervous system” health as well as support and promote circulation of blood to the brain
Herbal ingredients such as Gingko biloba, Scuttellaria laterifolia, Matricaria recutita, Centella asiatica, Avina sativa, Rosmarinus officinalis and Panax ginseng can help to enhance mental clarity, concentration and address mood swings in both children and adults.
More Information on Overactivity in Children
There are several ways to deal with overactivity in children and adults and these include:
- Establish routines so that the child or adult will know what to expect and prepare for what is coming next – eat at the same time everyday, exercise to work off excess energy and maintain normal sleep patterns and sleep routines
- Set clear boundaries for the child, enforce rules and ensure that they are adhered to
- Allow your child to participate in energetic activities so that all that pent up energy is used in a positive manner – swimming, going to the playground or enrolling him or her in karate classes
- Give your child as much attention and affection as possible and reassure him or her that you love them
- Be patient and calm, and remember that the more time you spend with an overactive child, the more likely it is that you will be able to understand him or her better
- Watch your child’s behavior patterns after he or she has had certain foods or drinks, and if there is a pattern, eliminate these foods and drinks from their diet.
- Take note if there are times when your child’s concentration or attention span is better and then repeat them on other occasions