Signs of ADHD in Preschoolers

Suspect your toddler might have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD)? Discover the common signs and symptoms of ADD/ADHD in young children and toddlers. Gathering the right clues can lead to an earlier diagnosis and treatment.

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Gathering the right clues can lead to an earlier ADHD diagnosis and treatment.  Hemera/thinkstock

Wonder if you're seeing ADHD signs and symptoms in your toddler or young child? We are all familiar with TV supersleuths who put together evidence to solve a case. Sometimes, being a parent involves detective work, too. During the early years, in particular, when language is not sophisticated, a parent must look for other clues to determine whether her child is on track, identify problems, and find treatments.

When a young child is highly hyperactive or impulsive, parents are often advised to "wait and see." Parents of boys who receive an ADD/ADHD diagnosis are routinely told, when their son is in preschool, that he's "just being boyish." But parents who are good detectives learn which environments are "hot spots" for their little ones, and begin to alter their expectations.

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