Symptoms in Toddlers
- Toddlers that are constantly jumping, running and climbing on anything and everything
- Toddlers that can’t sit still
- Constant talking
- Often leaves his or her seat in situations where sitting quietly is expected
- Has difficulty playing quietly or relaxing
- May have a quick temper or a “short fuse”
- Accident prone
Additionally they struggle with:
- Making decisions
- Taking turns
- Letting others talk
- Finishing tasks
- Losing things
- Controlling emotions
Toddlers with these symptoms are often described as “running with a motor” or “always on the go.”
Many times people overlook the positives that come with ADHD. Let’s take a look at some of the positives that can come from ADHD.
- Creativity - Children with ADHD are often extremely creative, artistic or musical.
- Easily adaptable - Because their thoughts are often all over the place, they are generally have an easier time adapting to new situations.
- Enthusiasm and Spontaneity - Children with ADHD often are driven and passionate in whatever field they choose to pursue.
It is hard to diagnose a child with ADHD much earlier than age 4 or 5, but when he or she reaches that age, it is good to take them to a doctor who can diagnose ADHD if you believe it is something your child may be affected by.
Also, be sure to check for learning disabilities and other mental incapacities, so as not to rule out any possibilities. Your child will be easier to handle when properly diagnosed.
The first step is to have a consultation done with your doctor. Most school tests are not in depth and may miss some early signs. Once diagnosed, you have the option to treat your child with or without medication. Be sure to research all treatment options and find one that you are comfortable with.