My daughter is 1 year 3 months old and a hyperactive.

Just to say how she is hyperactive I will describe some of her activities.

She never stay at one place for more than 5 minutes and she just keeps on moving from one place in the house to another place. She picks one or other items and throws out of the balcony and we can not always close door to the balcony. When we try to hold her in our hand, she just raises her hands and strengthen body so she easily slips out of our hand. If we tighten our hand(usually we don't do this as we are afraid that we might hurt her) she tries to bend her body and get out or our hand.

Usually she never plays with a toy or anything else or if she plays that is only for 5-10 minutes and after that she will throw it.

We certainly play with her and take her out to garden and for a walk also. And she likes it but once at home she again keep on moving and moving. And she is so young that we can not take her out all the day.

We try to play with her games like hide and seek(I hide behind the door and call out her name and then she keeps looking for me), sing some songs, rhymes, show her picture books or everything else we can do but still it is difficult to keep her interested.

Otherwise she looks completely normal as she learns things very fast. She tries to repeat whatever we speak and do. She can show us some of the items in the house if we speak out the name of the item. She can say (although not clearly) the name of some of the persons in our neighborhood.

How can we handle this situation or is is a normal thing that happens with other kids? I don't see such thing with other kids of same age around our neighborhood.

asked 06 Oct '09, 09:37

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Well she certainly sounds like a very bright and energetic little girl, I would check her;

1. Sleeping schedule Does she have any problems sleeping at night? Not getting enough sleep can make young toddlers behaviour seem manic, and if she naps too much during the day then she may have lots of excess energy.

2. Diet What does she eat? Can you improve her diet at all? Foods containing Salicylates

3. Enviroment Is she exposed to alot of noise, and are there lots of people around her? Does she get out enough?

4. Quality time with both parents Does she spend enough time with both her mother and yourself with family activities?

I think children are learning things much quicker these days, and therefore could be feeling bored much earlier that we would like to admit. I would suggest that you try to create more challenging activities for your little girl, stay at the park longer, play a "throw the ball and then collect it" type of game that will use up her energy, you say she like to throw things, so she should enjoy that. Finally play repeating games, she obviously loves repeating words, so use that to your advantage.

Good luck!

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answered 06 Oct '09, 10:53

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Thanks Emi for reply. She sleeps properly at nights except she wakes up once or twice in between for feeding. Usually, she sleeps between 11:30 and 12:00 at night and wakes at 8:30 in the morning. during the day she again sleeps from 10:30 to 11:30, then from 2:00 to 4:00 and then again from 7:30 to 8:00 As far as diet is concerned, Currently we give her whatever we normally eat as she doesn't like the baby food that we prepared for her. So may be we need to see here what we can improve. Playing with her at home is a concern as her focus is shifted to other things every five or ten minutes.

(06 Oct '09, 20:22) Ashish

Great that she has a good appetite and eats real food, but I would check for foods containing Salicylates. As the other post also said young toddlers that age have very short attention spans, so you could try to spot the actions / things that amuse her the most, and do those!

(07 Oct '09, 05:26) Emi

Maybe I'm just mis-reading your comment, Ashish, but are you saying that she naps three times during the day (the last being from 7:30-8pm)? If so, I'd suggest taking out that third nap and just setting bedtime at 8pm.

(04 Dec '09, 01:50) Emily

I think all one year olds have a very short attention span. It's around 18-24 months where they start playing with toys a little longer. My kids wouldn't play with other kids until age 2. Sounds like you have a smart little toddler!!

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answered 06 Oct '09, 12:06

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I for one have experienced this with my son. He started walking around 8 months and did not stop moving until recently. I remember feeling like no matter how hard I tried to keep him busy with activities, it was never enough to wear him out. I completely understand that this can be frustrating at times and exhausting, but eventually she will start to focus on one thing for longer than 5 minutes. I always tried to have at least one thing planned per day (and still do) to get us both out of the house with some fresh air. I joined a kids gym called, Gymboree and I took him to the open gyms a lot for him to run off his energy. Now that he is "growing up" I have noticed that he focuses on one thing better and will actually sit and play . . . it is a whole new world :)!! Good luck and just appreciate her naps and bed time :)!!

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