Having an active child seems good. With abundant activities and events to indulge his/her mind and body, the child is a welcome in any assembly or social arena. However, when your child cannot stay in his/her seat for long, talks too much or has problem enjoying leisure time (unlike other children the same age), you may experience more than just discomfort – there can be anxiety.
Seeing your precious little restless all the time can be painstaking, particularly at school and during social interactions. A hyperactive child may want medical advice, although some efforts from your end can prove helpful in handling him/her better.
Ways to Handle Hyperactive Child
Counseling and Medical Advice
It is always wise to consult your health care expert in the best interest of the child. Medication and therapy can largely help hyperactive children attend to everyday needs and emerge as obedient and adorable adults.
Food and Behavioral Disorder
Although more research would suffice and establish the exact relationship between nutrition and behavioral disorder, there is a hint that certain chemical substances can affect the functioning of the brain of hyperactive children.
The essential fatty acids have potentially an important role to play in nutrition and behavioral consequences of hyperactive children. Children are particularly choosy when it comes to flavor and taste of food items. Manufacturers concentrate on the longevity of product shelf-life, bright colors and enhanced flavor of food items to gather a strong consumer base. The use of chemical food additives can be harmful for many children and should be monitored.
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is a commonly used flavor enhancer (labeled with the E-number E621). If your child is affected by food additives, you need to be careful while studying the ingredients label of any product before making a purchase. Besides, there are a number of naturally occurring substances (like salicylate occurring in many fruits and some vegetables) which can be unsuited to hyperactive children.
The food-aware pressure groups can help you select (and avoid) many food items which can minimize the harm arising out of their consumption.
Hyperactive children may benefit from consumption of fish oils. Fish Oils, which contain large amounts of omega 3 oils, can be incorporated in children’s diet to improve their troublesome behavior. So far, evidence points that including more of fish oil supplements can be beneficial for hyperactive children.
Your child’s sugar intake can also be a culprit behind the behavioral problems arising out of the frequent changes in blood glucose level. Consider reducing sugar intake of your child. You may not realize that there are countless options of sugar intake (besides puddings and candies) in which your child can indulge into everyday.
Other Supportive Tips
Keeping your child occupied in constructive work/activities can contribute to better management of the extra energy and hyperactivity. Reading stories, solving puzzles, doing craft activities and playing interactive games can keep your child’s attention. You can also assign specific tasks (which your child can willingly do) and make him learn few practical skills of life.
Having a pet can also be helpful. It can curb the hyperactivity of children and also make them more loving and responsible. Find out the areas of interest your child likes to indulge into. These activities can keep him/her occupied and save both of you from the unnecessary troubling times.