Is It ADHD or Just Inattention?
All toddlers and young children are active, excitable, and less than 100 percent attentive to what Mom and Dad have in mind -- you'd be worried if they weren't. But some children are dramatically more active, impulsive, and inattentive than other kids their age are, and that's when you might start to wonder, as a parent, if what you?re seeing is attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
The stereotype of kids who have ADHD is that they have trouble in school -- they can't sit still, can't wait their turn to talk, can't follow the teacher's directions, are always losing their jacket or backpack, and can't seem to get their homework done. In fact, the symptoms of ADHD show up in all the parts of a child's life.