ADD Symptoms in Children

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Tess Thompson

The symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder are so varied in nature that no two people exhibit a similar set of symptoms. Some people may show extreme passivity as a reflection of their condition whereas in others it may manifest itself in aggressive hyperactivity.

The American Psychiatric Association based in Washington DC details out fourteen symptoms of ADD that can be used a checklist to understand and determine the presence of the condition. Out of these fourteen symptoms, eight need to be present in the individual as a child for child ADD or child ADHD treatment to be meted out.

ADD is fairly prevalent among children about 2 to 5 percent of children in the United States are estimated to be suffering from this condition. Most doctors feel that ADD is something that people do not outgrow and one needs medication and therapy for life, if one is afflicted with this problem. Prescription ADD treatment includes amphetamine and methylphenidate. Boys are at a higher risk than girls to show ADD symptoms. However, it is arguable whether this piece of statistics is flawed due to their general rowdiness and energetic behavior.

Since this condition does not seem to have a permanent cure, the best scenario is one where it is identified as early as possible so that adequate care can be provided to the child. A less extreme case can also be treated using herbal remedy for ADD. This becomes extremely important and critical for a child since administering prescription drugs is not free from side effects.

To be able to spot the first signs of a likely ADD in your child one needs to know the symptoms to look out for. In infants and children the symptoms are crying incessantly, screaming, lack of sleep, tantrums while feeding, restlessness, aversion to cuddles and consoling parents and head banging, tantrums and rocking fits.

Older children with this condition are impulsive, fidgety, fumbling and aggressive. They lack concentration and fail in academics in spite of high levels of IQ. They do not sleep well and frequently get nightmares and therefore have bouts of fatigue and weakness. Poor coordination skills lead them to being prone to accident-prone and they may also cause injury to themselves. They are moody and exhibit behavior ranging from loud, excited vocal repetitions to withdrawn behavior. Physical symptoms include poor eating coupled with hypersensitivity towards light, sound and odors, fiddling with hair, nose, skin, bed wetting, red earlobes or cheeks and swollen neck glands or fluid behind the ear drums.

The list of symptoms provided here is to help you see the early warning signs of an ADD and seek professional help. Do not panic if you observe a couple of these symptoms in your young ones for a certain period of time. Children are generally active and all of them have situations where they fumble, behave awkwardly or are over-excited. Multiple symptoms for an extended period of time in more than one setting or environment are a cause of worry and should be attended to immediately.

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