The childhood hyperactivity is one of the most common disorders in childhood. In fact, did you know that 3% of children under 7 years of age suffer from this problem? However, in most cases, hyperactivity usually goes unnoticed during the first stage of life, it is almost always detected after 5 or 6 years of age. Although that does not mean that the child does not present symptoms before, practically from birth.
Hyperactivity usually manifests itself during the first years of life, although it is difficult to recognize it since it is normal for babies to cry continuously or when they learn to walk they want to reach every corner of the house. Furthermore, young children switch toys very easily because they still have a hard time focusing their attention on a single task. However, all these behaviors are normal and are due to your desire to discover the environment.
However, you may suspect hyperactivity when your baby:
- You have trouble falling asleep and when you do, it is difficult for you to stay asleep for a long time.
- You move and contract your muscles suddenly while you sleep, this is known as clonic movements.
- He often wakes up startled as his sleep is shallow.
- You react too strongly to practically all stimuli, even the most subtle ones.
- He is frequently irritated for any reason.
From 2 and 3 years old, it is much easier to distinguish the manifestations of hyperactivity in children, especially since behavior problems begin to appear. In addition, at this stage, a new sign appears, impulsiveness, which completely marks the dynamics of family life.
The main signs of hyperactivity at this age are:
- You cannot concentrate on the same task for more than a few minutes.
- You have trouble finishing the tasks you have started because you get bored with them so easily.
- Has difficulty following directions and processing information.
- He has a poor awareness of danger, which is why he usually suffers many accidents.
- He becomes an impulsive and irritable child with whom it is difficult to relate.
At this time is when many cases of hyperactivity are diagnosed, since it coincides with entering school, a new scenario that demands more concentration and tranquility. At this point, it is apparent to the teacher or caregiver that the child cannot keep calm in class and cannot focus on assignments.
Therefore, the most common signs of hyperactivity at this stage are:
- He is disobedient and does not comply with the rules of the school and the house.
- Has trouble adjusting to the school group.
- He cannot follow instructions in class, or spend a lot of time concentrating on the same task.
- It is difficult for him to wait his turn and stay calm in his place.
- He cannot play quietly with the other boys without getting angry.
At 6 years old, it is practically impossible for a hyperactive child to go unnoticed. In fact, most children are diagnosed at this age, which is due to the fact that the manifestations of the disorder worsen and become even more evident. Added to this is a new cause for concern: school failure.
Symptoms of school-age hyperactivity are:
- You cannot get good grades even if you try hard because you are not concentrating on studying.
- Act before you speak, and speak before you think.
- He is very impulsive and active, he can not stay calm for a moment.
- You have a hard time concentrating on an activity, no matter how interesting it may be.
- He does not have good friends because he argues frequently and often comes to blows.