Is Your Child Hyperactive?

A hyperactive child can be a great source of stress and concern for parents. This type of child can need a lot of monitoring and parents can become worried about the possible causes for the restless behaviour.

Understanding Hyperactive Children

“Hyperactive” is a way to describe children who are constantly fidgeting or otherwise always on the go. The first concern for parents of a hyperactive child tends to be the worry that their son or daughter might have Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). While children with ADHD do suffer from hyperactivity not all hyperactive children have ADHD – in fact most don’t. Just because a child is hyperactive does not mean that they have ADHD. The reality is that child hyperactivity is a common occurrence and most children will grow out of it by the time they attend primary school.

The Symptoms Most Often Associated with Child Hyperactivity

Child hyperactivity is itself usually a symptom of something else; when this cause is treated then the symptom will disappear. Hyperactive children will often have other symptoms alongside their restlessness and these may include:

  • impulsiveness
  • a seeming inability to listen
  • difficulty with concentration
  • easily distracted
  • can become irritable easily
  • does not enjoy reading
  • is constantly talking
  • can sometimes become aggressive
  • shows an inability to play quietly

“How do you tell the difference between an energetic child and ADHD?”

Lots of people think of ADHD as the proverbial hyperactive child in the classroom, running and jumping around with lots of energy and enthusiasm, but ADHD is much more complex. The core symptoms that define ADHD do include hyperactivity, along with impulsivity and inattentiveness.


The symptoms of ADHD fall into three groups:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Impulsive behavior (impulsivity)
  • Lack of attention (inattentiveness)

Hyperactivity symptoms:

  • Fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat
  • Leaves seat when remaining seated is expected
  • Runs about or climbs in inappropriate situations
  • Has difficulty playing quietly
  • Is often “on the go,” acts as if “driven by a motor,” talks excessively

Inattentive symptoms

  • Fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork
  • Has difficulty keeping attention during tasks or play
  • Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
  • Does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace
  • Has difficulty organizing tasks and activities
  • Avoids or dislikes tasks that require sustained mental effort (such as schoolwork)
  • Often loses toys, assignments, pencils, books, or tools needed for tasks or activities
  • Is easily distracted
  • Is often forgetful in daily activities

Impulsivity symptoms:

  • Blurts out answers before questions have been completed
  • Has difficulty awaiting turn
  • Interrupts or intrudes on others (butts into conversations or games)

Causes of Hyperactivity

Some possible causes of hyperactivity include:

  • Over activity of the adrenal glands, with resulting effects on brain chemistry,
    Excessive hyperactivity of the adrenal glands can be due to a genetic, biochemical or neurological defect. However most of the time it is due to stress-induced impaired biochemistry of the mother.
  • Exhaustion of the adrenal glands, with hyperactivity as a compensatory mechanism,
    Many children are born today with inadequate adrenal gland function, as evidenced by a low tissue sodium and potassium level. This mineral pattern is usually inherited from the parents, particularly the mother, especially so if the mother has been over-stressed, lived on inadequate diets, or who suffered from copper or other toxic metal poisoning, which is passed on to the child.
  • Copper imbalance,
    Copper, in a bio-available form, is known to stimulate the biogenic amines, epinephrine, norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin. These are excitatory neurotransmitters, which increase brain activity. For this reason, an elevated copper level is usually associated with hyperactive behaviour.
  • Other toxic metals which affect brain chemistry and essential vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
    Lead, mercury, aluminium, manganese, cadmium toxicity. Toxic metal poisoning plays a major role in the causation of hyperactivity. In fact, hair analysis should be performed on every school child to check levels of toxic metals

Through different test conducted, we can identify which of the three or more hyperactivity patterns a particular child has, and provide the appropriate treatment for each pattern. Early detection and correction of the mineral balance and the entire body chemistry can enable many hyperactive children to live a full and normal life.

If you would like to know more about hyperactive and ADHD assessment, please contact us at +603 62030980.

To Better Health,
Dr Nor

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