Hints For Managing Hyperactive Children

If you happened to have hyperactive children, it will be better for you as a parent to learn that they need lots of patience, understanding and love from you because of their different behaviour and special needs. An attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) child needs all the understanding and patience because they are different as compared to normal children. 
 
Despite their abnormalities, they require patience, love and understanding not only from their parents, but also from the people around them. The following are some hints and suggestions for those who have hyperactive children.
 
What actually is ADHD?
 
This is a behavioural disorder characterized by impulsiveness, restlessness, hyperactivity and inattention to things. Other signs of ADHD include frequent chattering, inability to concentrate for specific tasks, fidgety and talkative.
 
Very often, ADHD children have endless energy, thereby making it hard for them to remain constant and to focus on specific tasks. According to research studies, these situations are aggravated by too much intake of sugar and caffeine, thus doctors advised parents to regulate the diet of their children and to avoid giving them candies, sodas and chocolates.
 
Researchers have also found out that watching television (TV) shortens their attention span, thus doctors suggested that parents monitor their activities and the television programs they are watching. From young, you should cultivate them and limit their TV time by once or twice daily. Hyperactive children should learn and discover things on leisure pace.
 
As parents, you should not be worried if your child is hyperactive because it is not a fatal disease to cause redress and alarm. What you should do instead is to learn and follow special measures to deal with the situation because they have special needs and their behaviours are different compared to normal children. No matter what are the causes of their hyperactivity, they need to channel their energies to suitable avenues which could be beneficial to them. You could enrol them in sports or share some household task with them to engage them in mental and physical activities for their benefit.
 
To manage your ADHD child or kids, you can follow the suggestions below: 

1. Try to reduce their intake of chocolates, salty foods and sweets to avoid boosting their hyperactivity. You can give them healthy and nutritious substitutes like fruits and green vegetables.
 
2. Avoid purchasing foods containing red dye#40 because it increases their hyperactivity. Make sure to read product labels when buying food items and beverages to ensure that the products you bought are free from red dye#40.
 
3. Provide them with support and guide them in their activities and tasks. When they completed their tasks successfully, give them rewards to motivate them in doing more tasks. Give minor penalties or punishment for misbehaviour, but be sure to explain to them properly why they are being punished.

4. Never hinder them from exploring their potentials. If your child is good in drawing or painting, then get him/her enrol in an art school for the gifted children to improve his/her talent.
 
5. Shower them with care and love them as they are still your own child.
 
6. Take a deep breath and avoid yelling or screaming at them when they start to tantrum. Talk to them in nice and mellow voice to calm him/her down.
 
7. Lastly, no matter what, you are going to be their role model.

Notes:

Red dye#40 - Red 40 can cause allergy-like reactions. Like other dyes, Red 40 is used mainly in junk foods. Linked to hyperactivity. Banned in Denmark, Belgium, France, Switzerland, and Sweden being phased out in the entire EU. Made of petroleum and 2-naphthalenesulfonic acid, 6-hydroxy-5-((2-methoxy-5-methyl-4-sulfophenyl)azo)-, disodium salt, and disodium 6-hydroxy-5-((2-methoxy-5-methyl-4-sulfophenyl)azo)-2-naphthalenesulfonate.

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