Hyperactivity in children, detect it to react in time

Written by: Dr. Fernando García-Sala Viguer
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Attention deficit disorder (ADHD) is a condition that may affect 6% of children, and is usually diagnosed at school age

ADHD can be manifested in three ways:

  1. Attention Deficit isolated
  2. Hyperactivity
  3. Combined (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)


Detecting ADHD in children

It is a condition that is usually diagnosed in the school years and are the teachers who give the alarm to compare the child with other students in the class.

Its diagnosis must meet certain premises such as:

  • appears before age 7
  • expressing these symptoms more than six months in a row:

- Difficulty focusing attention on what they are doing

- They are still unable to stop

- Do not serve in school, they are always entangled and distracted

- Difficulty to organize and complete tasks

- Very poorly tolerate sustained mental effort which eventually causes significant school delay

  • these are manifested both at home and at school


The pediatrician is a cornerstone in the diagnosis of this disease but are the teachers who guided input to the child may have this problem.

Parents often think their child is moved or a clueless without giving more importance so that the work of the pediatrician is critical for parents to explain the problems of this disorder and direct you to the appropriate specialist or neurologist may be the child psychiatrist who must intervene if the deficit is accompanied by symptomatology companion such as tics, obsessive disorders or aggression among others.


ADHD in children, treatment

In the multidisciplinary treatment of ADHD they are also involved because the pediatrician, the neurologists, child psychiatrists, speech therapists, educators, teachers and parents of course. Everyone must row in the same direction to ensure that the child does not miss the train of learning intellectual, social, personal and family to finally get to be a normal adult.

In many cases, the specialist will indicate medication, resulting in a great improvement in all affected areas so parents should not be afraid when it comes to giving.


ADHD in children, consequences

If left untreated or it is incomplete, the child development will deteriorate, lose course usually causing them frustration. On the other hand, the relationship with peers is very bad because these children do not attend any rules of the game so they are continuously rejected. Children are unwelcome in meetings of parents with children which causes are socially not welcome them.

Moreover, pressure from family often leads to marital problems that cause tension if these children do not carry the appropriate treatment.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Fernando García-Sala Viguer

Dr. Fernando García-Sala Viguer is a specialist in pediatrics and neonatology with over 30 years of professional experience. It MD Cum Laude and former vice president of UNICEF in Valencia. He has had numerous publications in national and international journals of Pediatrics, Physiology and Nutrition and has participated as a speaker at numerous conferences on Pediatrics.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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