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AD/HD in toddlers?
vifa7 posted:
At what age can AD/HD show up?
momuv4girls responded:
I believe it can show up in very young - even toddler age.

Most Dr.s are leery to medicate those that are toddler age, but it really depends on the severity of symptoms and how it affects their daily life.

If you are concerned, I suggest you speaking to the child's pediatrician first.

Take care!
vifa7 replied to momuv4girls's response:
Thanks Kathleen.
The last 4 months we had 3 foster children, all age 2 and on 1
I notice a lack of focus (he can't watch Disney Junior for 1 minute ) and moments of temper and violent outburst where he plants his nails in my hand and drawing blood. He can't be trusted with our Maltese by himself or he will strike or kick the dogs. In our presence at our behest he will gently touch the dogs. Then he cries a lot in comparison with the other and seems to attach himself more to my husband than me.
When mad he will start pulling on his hair so hard where he screams because it hurts him so we have to cut his hair. he will try to take all his clothes off when in his crib and even succeeded to climb out of it so my husband lowered the mattress. For his age he even don't talk baby talk like the others. He points at things he wants or pulled us to the refrigerator if he want to drink or eat.
We discussed all this with his case worker and next week he is getting his first therapy with child specialist.
momuv4girls replied to vifa7's response:
That's great he will see a specialist. Foster Children often have extra challenges (but I'm sure you know that already) - - so, when you see behaviors out-of-the-norm, its really important to seek out professional treatment sooner rather than later.

It sounds like more than AD(H)D in my opinion, but with him being so young and getting help now, there is great cause for hope.

Bless you for rescuing these young ones!!
Gina Pera responded:
I've had mothers tell me they could sense "hyperactivity" in the womb.

ADHD does not just "descend" upon a person.

It might not be obvious at earlier ages, especially if symptoms are mild. But it is there early on, unless the ADHD is caused by some type of trauma or injury.

Symptoms will express in "age appropriate" ways. Obviously, a baby or toddler is not going to be seen as having trouble reading, following instructions, or remembering important details. Instead, ADHD symptoms might express in the baby having difficulty focusing on faces, being able to self-sooth, sleep well, and similar.

A toddler might be more emotionally dysregulated, reacting with outsize emotions as not being allowed to do something, or more prone to staring at the TV because it provides high stimulation. There are many examples of how ADHD can "show up" very early.

Gina Pera

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