In addition to medication, parents of children with ADHD often inquire about what kind of environment and lifestyle modifications they can create for their child to help better manage the disease and its symptoms.
Getting enough rest and maintaining good sleep hygiene is especially important for children with ADHD.
Parents are encouraged to remove TVs and other electronic devices from their child’s bedroom, and allow for at least 30 minutes of “wind-down” time before bed.
Having your child take a bath or read before bed often helps calm them down, along with creating a dark, quiet setting for sleep. Regular exercise is another helpful tool in managing symptoms of ADHD.
Team or organized sports serve as great exercise and social outlets for children. If your child does not enjoy organized sports, encourage them to get at least 30 minutes to an hour of physical activity each day.
Consistency is key for children with ADHD, therefore parents should make sure all caregivers for their child practice the same disciplinary methods and routines.
Privilege restriction tends to be the most effective method of discipline for children with ADHD.
By pairing proper lifestyle modifications with medications individualized for the child’s condition, symptoms of ADHD can be successfully managed and children with the disease can lead normal, daily lives.
Fortunately, Cone Health has an exceptional network of behavioral and developmental health professionals dedicated to properly diagnosing and treating patients with ADHD, as well as educating parents of children with the condition in the community.
Dr. Sarah Stephens is a pediatric resident at Cone Health and the University of North Carolina pediatric residency program.
Stephens received her Doctor of Medicine from Tulane School of Medicine in 2013.