Hyperactivity in Children Gets Attention!
If you have hyper active kids you'll want to read what our guest blogger has to say. It's from her article 10 Reasons Your Child is Always Hyper. Find out if your child is hyper so you can decide what to do about it.
Learn 10 Causes of Hyperactivity
Do you have hyperactive kids? Sometimes kids are just being kids and people are too quick to label them as hyper or having ADD or ADHD. There’s a lot more to the ADD and ADHD than being hyper. There are many reasons why kids can become hyper. Check out 10 reasons your child is always hyper.
1. Food dyes: There’s been a recent study in the UK where food dyes in drinks and snacks have been linked to a higher likelihood of hyperactivity. Specific dyes mentions were FD&C Blue 1 and 2, FD&C Green 3, Orange B, FD&C Red 3, FD&C Red 40, FD&C Yellow 5 and 6. Avoiding artificial colors in your child’s foods may decrease the occurrences of hyperactivity.
2. Preservatives: Food preservatives were looked at in combination with the artificial colors so studies say it’s hard to determine if preservatives alone cause hyperactivity in children, but recommendations have been made to reduce or try to eliminate preservatives from your child’s diet if they are always hyper.
3. Sugar: While studies cannot confirm a solid link between the consumption of sugar and hyperactivity the average teacher can. If kids are given sugary snacks in the morning to celebrate a birthday they are louder and less focused for the rest of the day. The body turns sugars into carbs which fuel the body and give us energy. Certain kids are more sensitive to the effects of sugar than others.
4. Overstimulation: In babies we know that overstimulation may cause them to cry inconsolably. In older children overstimulation comes out in tantrums, aggressive behavior toward others and hyperactivity. Hyperactive children tend to get into more fights with their peers and have trouble coping with situations on the playground.
5. Excessive television watching: It seems like television watching gets blamed for everything. Teens go on killing rampages because they watched too much violence on TV; we have a generation of overweight kids now because of too much television, etc. Now hyperactivity is also being linked. Watching TV is a sedentary activity and children that are prone to hyperactivity should have an active lifestyle in order to help get rid of their extra energy. Watching TV is not active and therefore should be limited to an hour a day according to experts for those children that are prone to hyperactivity.
6. High thyroid levels: The thyroid controls your metabolism by producing hormones. If you have hyperthyroidism that means your thyroid is producing too many of these hormones and your metabolism is going faster than it should. People with this condition often have trouble with being too thin. I’m sure many of us wish we had this problem, but it can be quite serious in children. One side effect of hyperthyroidism is hyperactivity.
7. Lead poisoning: The effects of lead on the brain have been studied for years. Lead poisoning is the leading environmental hazard threatening children today. Low levels of lead poisoning can cause hyperactivity, low IQ, learning disabilities and aggressive behavior.
8. Caffeine: Caffeine is a stimulant and can have the effect of making a child hyper or the opposite effect of making them sleepy. In kids with ADD caffeine has actually been shown to help calm the kids and make them more focused. However, if your child has not been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD the stimulants will likely result in a more energetic and squirmy child. It is important to note that caffeine does not affect some children at all.
9. Food allergies: Not all children respond to food allergies with hyperactivity, but some have been recorded. Food allergies that have been noted to cause hyperactivity are eggs, milk, wheat, soy and fish. To truly know, your child must be diagnosed by a professional, but hyperactivity may be a symptom of something as easy to solve as diet.
10. Stress: High stress situations for kids can cause them to freak out and want to move around. It’s a common response for kids. It’s kind of the fight or flight response to a stressful situation. They don’t know what to do to ease the stress and they just want to get away from it. They will get up and move around and fidget in their seats. These actions are indicative of a hyper child, but they are really triggered by stress. If you can determine what is stressing that student out and help them through it the hyper behavior should take care of itself without further treatment.
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Jean Tracy, MSS
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