The guidelines in diagnosing ADHD in children only cover those from the age of 4 to 17 years old. Hence, if you bring your toddler to the doctor’s clinic, they may not give you a diagnosis yet.
Still, they might ask you to keep a close watch on the signs of ADHD in toddlers, especially since ADHD in kids might make them more aggressive and fearless. These may result in fights between playmates or injuries.
With that being said, are there cases when doctors give ADHD diagnosis to toddlers? Yes, there are. The US Center for Disease Control reported that in 2016, 388,000 children aged 2 to 5 were diagnosed with ADHD.
Considering toddlerhood may be too early for diagnosis, will doctors still consider treatment?
It usually depends on how disruptive the signs of ADHD in toddlers are and their effects to the child’s development. For instance, frequent tantrums, emotional outbursts, being too aggressive, and regularly sustaining injuries, may warrant therapy for intervention.
Besides therapy (and possibly, medication), the following might also help:
- Understand ADHD and how it specifically affects your child.
- Continue to form strong bonds. It’s helpful if your child knows they are accepted and loved no matter what.
- Continue to validate their feelings. While it may seem like a small thing for you, it might be a big deal for your child.
- Emphasize their positive behaviors.