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ADHD in children is diagnosed when a child shows six or more specific symptoms regularly for more than six months in more than two settings. There is no single test for child ADHD. Children in the category should have an ADHD test.

Symptoms a child may exhibit are inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. These children seem to be in constant motion and they fidget and have difficulty playing quietly. They often talk excessively but do not seem to listen. They are easily distracted and can not finish tasks.

There are standard guidelines your health care provider will use to determine whether your child has ADHD. The guidelines are for children 6 to 12 years old. It is difficult to diagnose ADHD in children younger than 5 years old because children change rapidly from 1 to 5 years.

A physician will usually do a medical exam to rule out any physical reasons for the behavior. They will ask what symptoms the child has and how long they have occurred. They also need to know how the behavior affects the child and the family.

For those suffering with ADHD disorder there are several natural alternative options such as herbal treatments and homeopathic treatments. The ADHD diet is also popular and in many cases very effective. This diet eliminates food additives and sugars. It replaces them with organic foods and herbs like Stevia, a sugar substitute.

Bio feedback is another natural alternative treatment which has shown success. .

Some herbs have been shown to be effective in the treatment of ADHD. Ginkgo, Gotu Kola, Satint John's Wort, Skullcap and Stevia are all used with some success. Never give herbal supplements to children without checking with their health care provider.


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