What is Overactivity in Children?
It is quite natural for children to be energetic, lively, and mischievous and to have enquiring minds. Some children on the other hand can be loud, demanding, have difficulty sitting still, fidget constantly and always seek attention. Often this type of behavior is described as "hyper" or overactive. An overactive child does tend to be disruptive, difficult to manage and control, and very often creates negative attention. As a parent you would also have to consider whether your child’s behavior is appropriate for his or her age.
What Causes Overactivity in Children?
Children in kindergarten and between the ages of 5 and 6 years generally are a bundle of energy and cannot sit still for too long. If this behavior still continues by the age of 8, it is considered developmentally inappropriate. Usually overactive behavior is not a cause for major concern and it may also just be a behavioral problem.
Self control measures need to be implemented together with helping the child to channel his or her energy into a more constructive action. Maintaining structure, setting clear boundaries and routines can help a restless, excitable child become a happy, more positive and secure adult.
Being termed "hyper" or overactive can sometimes be very misleading and as a result be associated with an attention deficit disorder (ADD or ADHD). If children are displaying signs of poor concentration, (link to impulsivity, restlessness, overactivity and participating in dangerous activities that interferes with their day to day routine and the ability to forge friendships, you may need to contact your health practitioner.
This type of behavior has to be treated early to avoid further problems that may develop as they grow up. Learning disorders, problems affecting work life and sustaining interpersonal relationships often occur if these behaviors are left untreated. Adults may also display overactive behavior if they struggle to focus, struggle to maintain concentration or have difficulties directing their energies in a positive manner. Overactive behavior may also be a symptom of bipolar disorder, particularly during manic episodes as well as attention deficit disorder in adults.
Help for Overactivity in Children
Herbal and homeopathic remedies naturally help to reduce overactive behavior in children and adults while promoting calmness and the ability to focus and maintain concentration. A selection of herbs are used specifically to support and maintain brain and "nervous system" health as well as support and promote circulation of blood to the brain
Herbal ingredients such as Gingko biloba, Scutellaria laterifolia, Matricaria recutita, Centella asiatica, Avina sativa, Rosmarinus officinalis and Panax ginseng can help to enhance mental clarity, concentration and address mood swings in both children and adults.