by NativeRemedies on April 1st, 2010 at 8:22 am
Millions of kids worldwide are affected by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This condition does not always go away after childhood but can continue throughout adulthood. ADHD causes a child to become inattentive, hyper and impulsive. Their self-esteem, grades in school and relationship with peers often suffer drastically.
Dealing with ADHD can be frightening and the symptoms of this disorder can be a major challenge to overcome. Talk and behavior therapy can make a huge difference in your child’s struggle with ADHD as well as help you and your family deal with ADHD symptoms and behaviors.
Most children with ADHD are either more inattentive or more hyperactive. The symptoms tend to become more prevalent when a child is doing a task that requires him to focus mentally. Examples of things that require focused mental effort are: doing a page of math problems or reading a book. When they are trying to focus it’s almost as if they are itching to get away from the task at hand and engage in physical activity.
Some symptoms that might alert you to the inattentive side of ADHD are: inability to pay attention, being forgetful, makes careless mistakes, distracted easily, trouble listening, always losing things, trouble following through on tasks, tries to stay away from activities that require focus and trouble organizing activities.
Impulsive and hyperactive symptoms might include: interrupting conversation or games, being fidgety, having trouble staying at their desk in school when it is required, does not like having to wait their turn, runs around in inappropriate situations, talking too much, always ready to go.
It is important to understand that all children are likely to have some of these symptoms at one time or another. Children are naturally inattentive and hyperactive to some degree, especially when they are in preschool. Try and compare your child with others of their age to determine if any of the symptoms seem more prevalent in yours.
There has been no cure found for ADHD, but treatment can make life much easier. The two most common forms of treatment are types of talk and behavior therapies and prescription medication. Unfortunately, prescription medications commonly used to treat ADHD can carry some major side effects including liver damage, allergic reactions, depression, lethargy and many others. While some of the side effects are rare and most can be managed by your doctor through correct dosages and close monitoring, there are natural ways to help your ADHD child.
There are several herbs and homeopathic ingredients which have been shown to help ADHD symptoms including scullcap, chamomile, passion flower, gotu kola, ginkgo biloba, wild oats, tuberculinum, Arsen iod, Hyoscyamus and verta alb. Essential oils including chamomile and lavender are safe for children and can be very calming while the oils of lemon, grapefruit, peppermint, eucalyptus and rosemary can help with memory and concentration. (Please consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before mixing and using essential oils on children.)
BrightSpark™ is a homeopathic remedy relieves hyperactivity, distractibility and impulsiveness in children with attention problems.
Research shows that both ADD and ADHD are considered the same condition. Although the term ADD is still used by the public to identify a subset of ADHD, ADHD is the proper medical terminology for people with attention disorders whether they display signs of hyperactivity or not. In our posts when we use the term ADHD, we are also referring to ADD and vice versa.