Let me describe my 4yo, in random order of importance or significance. Maybe none of it is significant. Maybe there is a label out there for him. Maybe there is an explanation based on brain development/chemistry.
(Fyi, we dont consume much sugar is this house, and dont consume any food dyes i am aware of. We have honey, and sometimes chocolate. )
-sneaks drinks of orange juice in the middle of the night so there is none left for breakfast
-sneaks chocolate eating
-used to eat handfuls of the sugar sitting on the table if we went to a restaurant
-always has difficulties leaving the house, no matter how prepared, and will end up crying about something
-often says his clothes are uncomfortable no matter what he is wearing
-when he was born (a homebirth) he turned the wrong way when crowning, the midwife remarked she had never seen this, afterh e was born, it became apparent that the cord was wrapped around his body, so that his turning allowed him to unravel from it.
-would often accidentally hurt me as a baby, (like swipe my eye or something, (other babies never did this), as a toddler, accidentally hurt me, now seems to have more control, but somehow doesnt seem quite aware of his body
-when he gets an idea, he somehow CANNOT change it, its like his brain is stuck, and requires time to change gears. This causes tantrums.
-he is left handed
-he rarely eats breakfast, but will have it as a later snack. We have always had breakfast in this household
-last winter came out with a big rash on his cheek that didnt go away until it warmed up. This has not come back this winter.
Something about the inability to CHANGE his mind, to become fixated on something no matter the cost, and the sugar thing, makes me think there is some kind of brain chemistry thing going on. The left handedness may be connected, as well as this slightly off centredness when it comes to his body awareness in space.
(fyi, he is somewhat athletic though)
Doc suggested adhd, i dont really buy the concept of adhd as it describes a cluster of symptoms but does not explain the cause. I want to UNDERSTAND my son, not give him a label (unless the label enables me to understand him :shrug)
ps. edited to add-the other symptom, is that he is constantly putting things in his mouth. Even now at almost 5! I shudder to think of what he has put in his body over the years from this chewing of plastics and other things.
Edited by contactmaya - 12/24/12 at 1:00pm