Calming the hyperactive child can be problematic for parents, who often lose patience. But patience on the part of parents is most important in calming the hyperactive or suffering child (ADHD) Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Dissorder.
There are some ideas on how parents can calm their hyperactive child. These relaxation techniques take up as much time as the classic screaming or scolding but produce much better effects on the child.
Try these quick soothing techniques to calm your baby when he has hectic days or is very nervous. They are not a specialized treatment for ADHD, for which you should consult a specialist, but they are useful in everyday life.
• Deep breathing is one of the easiest ways to calm the body. Teach your child to breathe deeply (that is, to breathe in their nose and to breathe in their mouth) when they begin to feel frustrated or nervous. It is a good way to relax for parents.
• Prepare a warm bath with soothing salts and oils or a lot of foam.
• Take your child for a walk or send him alone for a walk around the block if he is old enough. By walking not only your little one will burn extra energy but being a fairly repetitive activity will calm him and clear his thoughts.
• Give your hyperactive child a mini massage. Touching is a very important point for children suffering from ADHD. Massage his temples, shoulders or fingers easily through his hair to calm him down.
• Create a "Boredom Box" with creative alternatives for your child. Fill the box with drawing tools, coloring books, puzzles, modeling clay, jewelry making tools and other kits for artistic activities. Hyperactive children get bored easily and their minds need stimulation. In the absence of other activities, overactive children will get bored and will do things you may not like, so it's best to keep them busy.
These tips are good for the time when the child is already very stressed, but there are also methods that minimize the effects of hyperactivity.
Create a relaxing environment at home
Children suffering from attention deficit and hyperactivity have problems when it comes to staying calm in a messy environment. A more organized and simpler environment, without extra stuff, will reduce the sensory overload of the child suffering from ADHD.
The baby's bedroom is the most important room. The room must be very well organized. Use plastic boxes to store all the toys that are usually scattered everywhere. Pull the blinds to allow the natural light to enter the room as much as possible. Do not hang too many posters or paintings on the wall. It varies the child's bedroom in calming colors (light green, blue), not in bright, primary colors.
A well-established routine at home can be very beneficial for an overactive child. The hyperactive child needs a preset program to feel safe. For hyperactive children, a "military" routine is best suited. Waking up in the morning, meals, homework and bedtime should be done at about the same time every day, if possible.
If you can, find a space in the house that you can turn into a relaxing corner. It does not have to be a very large space, but it must be a bit safer. A corner of the room is ideal for putting a large armchair type pillow and some books, coloring books, magazines and other objects to invite to quiet activities.
Encourage the child to withdraw into this space when he or she becomes nervous, but does not make it a place of punishment. This corner is a positive space in which he can relax alone.
Keeping a journal
For the child who is old enough to write, keeping a journal is a great way to clear their thoughts and relax.
It encourages the development of a daily habit of writing a page or two in the journal, depending on age, with his personal thoughts. Whatever comes to mind is all right.
These thoughts are a very personal matter and should remain private. Never read his journal, respect his privacy.
Most parents know that the biggest enemy of the overactive child, from a food point of view, is sugar. Try to reduce your sugar intake as much as possible. Start your day with a consistent breakfast that contains protein, fat and carbohydrates.
An egg sandwich, a slice of bread with butter and fresh fruit are very good choices. And the cereals are good in the morning, but they contain sugar so it is good to limit their consumption. Fruit juices also contain a lot of sugar and should be avoided. It encourages the consumption of water to avoid dehydration of the overactive child.
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