Has your child recently been diagnosed with ADHD? Do you still have several questions about the disorder, or more specifically, questions about what may have caused ADHD in your child? Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD, is a very common and chronic condition in children that makes it difficult for them to focus on tasks and control their behavior. While the specific cause of ADHD still remains a bit of mystery to doctors, they are aware of certain factors that could potentially lead to the disorder. To help you investigate the potential cause in your child, in this article we will point out the 5 things parents need to know about their ADHD child, according to doctors.
What Is ADHD?
As mentioned briefly above, ADHD is a brain condition that can significantly affect a child’s focus and behavior. While all children will at times demonstrate some of the symptoms of ADHD, symptoms that include inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity, children affected with ADHD have behavioral problems that are much more severe, with symptoms that tend to manifest more frequently, to the point where it drastically affects their ability to carry out a normal life.
Studies suggest that between 3 and 13 percent of all school-aged children struggle with ADHD, with boys affected about three times more often than girls. Children with ADHD may have a difficult time sitting still, fidgeting and squirming in their seats. They may talk excessively or inappropriately blurt out answers in school before they are called upon to answer. Some children will simply daydream, unable to focus on the task at hand.
The causes and origins of ADHD are still not clear, despite the fact that ADHD is one of the most frequently and thoroughly researched childhood conditions. However, that research has uncovered certain facts that may help parents understand why and how ADHD is affecting their child.
5 Things Parents Need to Know About Their ADHD Child
While many parents tend to blame themselves when their child is affected with ADHD, research has uncovered some interesting facts that may help parents become more familiar with some of the potential causes of the disorder. Below are 5 things parents need to know about their ADHD child:
- ADHD is a brain disorder in which certain chemical messengers in the brain, called neurotransmitters, are impaired. Thus, ADHD is not simply bad behavior or “acting out,” but a biological condition that is outside the child’s—and the parent’s—control.
- Brain scans of ADHD children show that the areas of the brain that control attention and activity level tend to show lower activity when compared to children who are not affected.
- In some cases, there is a family link with regard to ADHD. Doctors believe that heredity may account for up to 1/3 of all ADHD cases.
- While exposure to environmental toxins, either on the mother’s end, during pregnancy, or a child’s exposure when he/she is very young, can play a role in the development of ADHD, that role is very insignificant and those cases are extremely rare.
- Despite what is published in many books and on many websites, there is no medical evidence showing that ADHD is caused by too much sugar in the diet, food allergies or immunizations.
What these facts clearly show is that ADHD in your child is more likely the result of heredity and biology than any particular parenting choices you may have made. Once you understand this you’ll be able to look at your child’s symptoms objectively and get the medical help that he/she needs.