Caring for Children with ADHD
The best time of my life was when I gave birth to Rodgers. As I held my son at the maternity home, I felt all the joy and happiness that mothers feel for their children. My husband was there too smiling and happy about our child. We had been trying to have a child for almost two years and finally God had answered our prayers.
The day that I left the maternity for home, I was met with a surprise as both friends and family had converged to receive the bundle of joy. I knew life would not be the same again. The child had come to strengthen the bond of our family.
Then it came to raising him. All was well with the boy. He fed well slept well; he was just brilliant if I may say. Then came his first birthday, by this time, he was getting started to walk and talk. Then came his second and our son was becoming a man running playfully in the house either calling mama or papa. Everything was going according to our dreams and we were all happy about it.
It was some months after his second birthday that I realized that the boy was having difficulty concentrating in anything. Even the toys which adorned his room didn’t seem to impress him like they did initially. I never gave it much thought though. I felt that he was becoming distracted because he didn’t have the company of other children to play with. We decided to take him to a kindergarten despite his young age so that he could have the opportunity to mingle with other children.
Symptoms of ADHD
It was at the kindergarten that I realized that something was not okay with him. Within the first three weeks at the kindergarten, the instructors there felt that our son had bad parenthood and thus couldn’t listen to anyone. They felt that he had already mustered bad behavior which he would display without care of reprimand.
This was quiet odd. I felt mad at the instructors because I had done everything according to the book to ensure that I raised our son to become a good person. I had a pile of parent magazines as well as several magazines about kids and I usually employed the advice of professionals in raising the child, what could have gone wrong.
My husband felt that we could have made a mistake by sending the child to school at a very tender age. Maybe he needed to have stayed home for at least another year. I shared his concerns too. We decided to let him stay at home for some time as we observed him. Back at home, we had him spend the day with the nanny as my husband and I went to work.
It was during this time that the nanny reported something unusual with the boy. He was becoming hyperactive and obsessed about anything, mostly activities that involved movement. We decided to observe him one weekend and our fears we confirmed. We took him to a healthcare provider, who after evaluation suggested that the boy could be suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
The health care provider suggested some changes in our lives to improve his ability to concentrate and give him a conducive environment to which had less distraction. She also suggested that we started medication for the son that could help control his brain activities. Furthermore, the health care provider suggested dietary changes, such as a special diet for ADHD or a gluten free diet.
ADHD Children Need be Monitored and Given a Good Environment Which Supports Growth and Development
Back at home that evening, my husband and I talked about it and we realized that we needed to change a lot of things in the house. We wanted to offer the best for our son, and the best way to do that was to implement the changes recommended by the healthcare provider. It was painful, because we had to get some stuff locked away including most of his toys. We then prepared a schedule for the nanny to help the boy follow while we were at work. We both decided to give our son all the attention that he deserved in every moment that we had time.
Today the boy has grown big and leads a normal life. I believe that the changes we did in his earlier life were pertinent in ensuring that we were able to monitor and control his condition and hence he grew to be what we ever wanted him to become.