When to stress if your child will not sit still.
Q: My 15-month-old never ever stops moving. He will not sit for longer than a minute or more to have fun with a toy or read a book. He simply wants to be on the go. I’m concerned– could he have ADHD?
My Baby Never Stops Moving
A: It definitely seems like you have an extremely busy, active toddler. And in this day and age, with parents hearing so much about attention deficit disorder (ADHD), I can comprehend why you might question your own child. Nevertheless, from your description, it sounds as if your son is healthy and thriving, and that his attention period is right in line with that of other 15-month-olds– the average attention span for this age is really less than two minutes!
ADHD is generally not detected in children younger than 5 or 6 because being extremely active is well within the series of typical for toddlers and preschoolers. In fact, all the scientific literature on ADHD explains the condition as “inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that’s unsuitable for age.” A child younger than 5 who might get identified with ADHD typically shows severe impulsivity that puts him in threat, such as running into traffic or jumping off a high wall. In addition, any child identified with ADHD should exhibit symptoms that hinder his functioning (difficulty with making good friends and knowing, not following the guidelines) in more than one setting, such as home and school.
What you want to expect as your child ends up being a preschooler (age 3 or 4) is whether his activity level gets in the way of his engaging and getting in touch with others, such as taking part in back-and-forth play and taking turns. You likewise want to ensure his activity level is not impacting his ability to find out: Is he moving so often and quickly that he doesn’t have time to take in info or learn to problem-solve? If you’re concerned at that time, talk with your child’s pediatrician or another relied on child-development professional.
In the meantime, while your child’s behavior sounds rather common, there are things you can do to assist him learn how to slow down:
- Develop regimens, especially around transitions such as entering into the car to go somewhere. For example, give him a warning that it’s almost time to go bye-bye, help him end his activity, and have him select a book or toy to take in the car to divert his attention. Regimens will help him to know what to expect and get ready for what’s following.
- Make certain that your boy is getting enough sleep considering that children tend to be more active and distracted when they are overtired. (Most toddlers his age require about 13 hours of sleep during the night.).
- Offer lots of opportunities for safe, active play. Take journeys to the playground; on cold or rainy days, develop indoor barrier courses with pillows that he can climb up over.
- Make checking out interactive. Encourage him to turn the pages. Ask him to explain the animals or things in the photos. As he grows, he can act out the story.
- Request for your child’s help with everyday activities, such as putting the spoons on the table or getting leaves.
- Provide your toddler time to wind down. Start restricting active play at least an hour before bedtime and 30 minutes prior to naptime. Take part in peaceful, soothing activities.
And remember: Active children aren’t wild or out of control– they simply need to move.