This is the first in a three-part series exploring hyperactivity in kids. 

The Rise of Hyperactivity

Fifty years ago, the typical classroom would have children brimming with enthusiasm, eagerness to learn, with the ability to focus and absorb information.  Of course, there were also some would hate being in school and their sullen faces would linger the whole day. There would also be that one hyperactive child that the teachers would not know what to do with.  Today, there are 5 or 6 hyperactive children per classroom.

I’m not surprised that kids nowadays tend to be a little…. difficult to handle.   In our first world society, where kids are bombarded with the pressures of school, after-school activities, worn-out parents and constant temptations from their electronic gadgets, it really is no wonder that they get stressed and sometimes lash out.  But children should also be able to chill out naturally. They should be able to play without crashing into a heap of raging tears and anger, and not be able to come out of it.

Hyperactivity: Possible Culprits

If your child was diagnosed with ADHD or Autism, that’s a different story.  I’m talking about kids that don’t have an ADHD diagnosis but are just so hard to handle that parents are walking on eggshells around them.  Bad behaviour that needs to be corrected? Maybe. But what if it’s something else? Maybe something is genuinely bugging them that causes them to act out.

Hyperactivity is defined as being unusually or abnormally active.   Some of the ways that hyperactivity manifests are constant movement, aggressive behaviour and impulsiveness, and being easily distracted.  This inability to sit still and focus causes issues at school, within the family, and can lead to accidents or injuries. To get a diagnosis, doctors will perform tests on the thyroid, brain and nervous system, as these all contribute to hyperactivity.   Hyperactivity can be caused by many things, such as poor nutrition, food allergies/sensitivities/intolerances, chemicals in food, and stress.

Most people automatically blame sugar as the reason for their children’s meltdowns.  While this can be the case, food allergies, food additives, certain nutritional deficiencies and foods that promote stress have all been found to have a role in poor behaviour.

In Part 2, we break it down and discuss some possible causes of hyperactivity in detail. (Note: All references are listed in the footer of Part 3.)

Disclaimer: None of this information is a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have any of these conditions, make sure you’re being monitored regularly by a licensed healthcare professional.

Rebecca Ramdeholl is a great wife, a weird Mom to two interesting girls, and a mediocre domestic goddess.  She loves steampunk, science fiction, and fantasy, learning how to do things off-grid, and communing with Nature.  She’s a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant and loves to teach others through writing about how to polish and shine their innards and add extra years and quality to their lives.  She directs most of her focus on guiding women 35+ in properly managing their stress, depression, and anxiety, and kicking life in the balls by getting a little bit stronger.  She works full-time on her blog and is the author of The Little Book of Ass-Kickers: 5 Ways to Get Your Health Back on Track Naturally, which you can download for free by subscribing to her website, Earthy Fix.