Although ADHD in most cases does not get detected until the child is sent to school where he is told to focus, concentrate, and be disciplined (which she fails to), in some cases some early symptoms of ADHD do show up:
- More squirmy or fidgety
- Less able to cuddle
- More impatient
- More easily frustrated
- Requires more attention
- Has more colic
- Has a more difficult temperament
- Daydreaming or frequent zoning out
- Is disorganized with objects and even instructions
- Talks or babbles too much
However, most of these symptoms are fairly generic and often found in almost all babies, and they do not point towards the exclusive presence of ADHD in a baby.
One more common observation is that babies with ADHD can exhaust and frustrate their parents to no end. They seem to never run out of energy or will-power.
The three most common types of ADHD are:
- Inattentive ADHD or attention deficit disorder (ADD)
- Hyperactive-impulsive ADHD
- Combined ADHD, which has traits of both inattentive and hyperactive ADHD
However, keep in mind that ADHD, unlike other diseases, does not in any way handicap your baby physically. It is just a psychological occurrence, that when dealt with properly and channelled in the right direction, can be harnessed successfully.
Also, there is a debate on whether ADHD needs medication, especially in the case of babies. Before administering any kind of medicine, one should consult specialists in the field.
Children with ADHD can grow up to be individuals with great dexterity, enthusiasm and vigour, and multi-tasking abilities. Simultaneously they may have drawbacks like restlessness, impatience, and the tendency to get bored easily.
Also, AHDH should never be used as a reason to either over-sympathise with your child, or as an excuse for bad behaviour.