ADHD

Question
Posted by: Concerned Mom | 2008/07/29

Q.

ADHD Baby

Can a baby have ADHD.
I am worried about my seven month old son. I feel he is far more active than his peers.
All he wants to do is move around. He is crawling and only wants to move around. He is not interested in activities like action songs and clapping hands. I can' t read to him because he just crawls or climbs away from me. He does not appear to look me in the eye or watch my face when I try and talk to him. The minute he is in my arms he starts wriggling. He does not play with his toys, he only crawls and climbs.
I am starting to worry?

Expert's Reply

A.

ADHD Expert

Dear Concerned Mom,
A baby can have ADHD, unfortunately at such a young age there are no assessments that can be done. Some children respond well to being massaged regularly (every 2-3 hours) through the day on their arms, legs and shoulders. Other children respond better to the brushing technique where arms, legs and backs (stomach is usually too ticklish) are brushed using baby powder and a very soft rubber bristled brush. These brushes are available through most occupational therapists, who will also be able to show you how to perform the brushing to get the most benefit without hurting him in any way. Once he is a little older a dietician may be able to give you some pointers on which foods to avoid and times of eating to hinder his activity level to some extent. Pointing out certain behaviours to your Paediatrician at your relevant appointment will help you to keep a record which will be useful should you decide to have him assessed in later years.
Kind regards.

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