Natural Ways to Treat Your Child's ADD Symptoms
I think that we can all agree that children, in general, have pretty short attention spans. And, for the most part, this shouldn't be any cause for concern; because their brains are still developing at such a rapid pace, sitting still and focusing on any particular thing for too long can be incredibly difficult and frustrating for them.
However, what happens when they can't seem to focus at all? While ADD (Attention Defecit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Defecit Hyperactivity Disorder) remain two of the most overdiagnosed conditions, it's important to recognize the common signs of these disorders so as to be able to properly treat them, if necessary. Some of the symptoms of ADD and ADHD in children are:
- Easily confused
- Struggles to follow directions
- Lack of a social filter
- Acts impulsively
- Hyper-focuses on certain things, such as television
While the presence of these symptoms does not necessarily indicate a problem, it's important to talk to your physician if you are concerned. Furthermore, while medication may be necessary in certain situations, there are also a few natural ways to treat the symptoms of ADD and ADHD in your child. Here are a few of them:
#1: Proper Nutrition
In order to keep blood sugar levels steady, it's important to keep your child's diet free of too much refined sugars. Their meals should consist of a healthy balance of protein, whole grains, and fresh vegetables. The occasional treat is fine, but the majority of their desserts should consist of fresh fruit. Furthermore, be sure to supplement healthy fats into their diet, as well (olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, salmon, etc.).
#2: Keep a consistent routine
A calm and consistent environment is crucial for your child in order to maintain a sense of structure and to counterbalance their tendencies towards the uncontrolled. While new and fun experiences are also important, they will thrive off of waking up at the same time, eating meals at the same time, doing homework at the same time, and going to bed at the same time each day.
#3: Consider chiropractic care
According to the American Chirpractic Association's webpage, "Motor activity—especially development of the postural muscles—is the baseline function of brain activity. Anything affecting postural muscles will influence brain development. Musculoskeletal imbalance will create imbalance of brain activity, and one part of the brain will develop faster than the other, and that's what's happening in ADHD patients". Your chiropractic practitioner, such as the ones at The Joint... The Chiropractic Place, can help to assess your child's needs and outline a feasible treatment plan for you.