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Why Is My Child So Hyper?

Your child is a bundle of energy for a number of reasons, and there's a lot you can do to help calm things down.

Is It Just Normal for His Age?

If your child is hyper, it could be because he's just a kid. It's normal for children of all ages to have lots of energy.

Preschoolers, for instance, can be very active -- they often move quickly from one activity to another. Older kids and teens are also energetic and don't have the same attention span as adults.

If your child's hyper behavior regularly causes a problem in the classroom, with homework, or with friendships and relationships, check with his pediatrician.

Could It Be ADHD?

It's natural to wonder if ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) could be the cause of your child's high energy. But just being hyper doesn't necessarily mean your child has the condition.

Watch out for these other signs of ADHD:

  • Does he interrupt frequently?
  • Does he have trouble following instructions and organizing tasks?
  • Is he forgetful?
  • Is he impatient?
  • Does he frequently speak out of turn?

If your child has ADHD, these problems will happen over a long period of time, and usually at home as well as school.

Did He Get It From Me?

If ADHD is the cause of your child being hyper, some studies do show that the condition tends to run in families.

There may be certain genes that make it more likely for people to develop ADHD.

Is He Eating Too Much Sugar?

"My son ate all his leftover Halloween candy and now he's bouncing off the walls!"

Have you ever said something like that? Many people think there's a link between being hyper and eating sugar, but research doesn't back that up. Several studies tested behavior and learning in children given sugar vs. a sugar substitute, and found no difference.

Other studies found that parents who think their children have eaten sugar rate their behavior as more hyper than parents who think their children have had a non-sugar substitute.

This doesn't mean it's a good idea to let your child gorge on sugar, of course, but cutting it from his diet probably won't end the problem.

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