Monday, May 08, 2023

How To Manage ADHD In Young Children

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ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a fairly common disorder among children. However, the symptoms of the disorder do present themselves in a way that might go unnoticed or parents might even misdiagnose their kids to an extent. 

What may come off as signs of a bad kid, or a troublemaker can end up being early signs of ADHD that get chalked up to bad behavior. 

While not all signs such as a lack of focus in academics or hyperactivity during calm situations can mean ADHD, below are some tips on how to manage it in young children if clinically diagnosed.

Introduce Them To Situations That Require Focus

ADHD  manifests in children’s behavior in unpredictable ways. It leads to children having a harder time trying to focus on the task at hand. They are easily distracted and cannot seem to concentrate long enough on a task to complete it.

It can be anything from sitting idle in an hour-long class learning about fractions or the inability to sleep at night due to some distracting noises.

In order to help them focus, you can introduce them to different activities that demand both attention and physical activity.

This type of activity can be in any form of exercise whether that is a yoga class or swimming lessons or even joining a basketball team. 

Being able to focus on instructions while also doing physical activities allows children to be able to concentrate while still fulfilling their hyperactivity tendencies.

Create A Routine And Help Them Follow It

With outbursts and impulsive reactions, children living with ADHD need some structure in their everyday lives to avoid these outbursts. Impulsive reactions are usually the result of an unknown situation which means that adding predictability to their life may help.

Setting some rules will help you and your child better understand and deal with the disorder. Start small by setting minor boundaries such as no electronic devices before bedtime or half an hour of walking outside every single day.

You can gradually start including more timings and regulations such as eating at a set time every day or taking a bath every day at a certain time. Once you introduce all of these changes, you will be left with a routine that your child not only agrees with but thrives under.

Develop A Loving Environment At Home

Another beneficial thing that you can do at home to manage ADHD in a young child is to develop a safe and loving environment for them to grow. 

It is harder for children suffering from ADHD to pick up on social cues or understand the underlying layers in speech tones. However, these are such a normal part of human nature that we expect everyone to understand these subtleties. 

Therefore, children with ADHD have a harder time navigating social situations which can lead to bullying, discrimination, and even low self-esteem. 

To combat these issues, parents need to create a loving and understanding environment for their children so they can communicate their thoughts and feelings however they choose to do it. 

By appreciating their children, encouraging them to be brave, and loving them no matter what, parents can completely transform their child’s lifelong battle with ADHD. You can also seek expert help for managing some difficult symptoms of ADHD.


While there are many medications and treatments available for ADHD, they do not have to be the only things that your child can depend on. 

The above-mentioned tips such as creating a strict schedule and enrolling your child in team sports can help them become the best version of themselves and manage their ADHD.

This is a guest blog entry. 

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