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I am going insane with the amount of energy my 3 and a half year old has.......she is constantly going!!!! She doesn't have a nap in the afternoon anymore and i am concerned if she has ADD or hyperactivity!!! She has always been ahead for her age with talking and walking and singing and teachings but lately she seems too busy to sit still and learn new things. She has always loved reading books and now she won't sit still through one. Any suggestions or is this just normal??? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">:
 

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Hi!<br><br>
My guy is a lot younger than your dd (he's almost 2), so i'm not really sure what's normal for a 3 1/2 yr old. The first thing i think of when i hear about hyper kids is diet. A little while ago ds had a slurpy--the 7-11 slurpy that's full of weird chemicals and food dyes, and he was bouncing off the ceiling for a couple of days--he was *really* wrangy. I've heard good things about the Feingold diet for kids who do have adhd.
 

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My DD is only 17 months, but we just got home from spending the weekend with my 3-1/2 YO nephew who DOES NOT STOP! My poor sister! LOL<br><br>
I agree with diet - she cut out sugar completely and it's helped a bit, but at that age they are so curious and have so much energy. If only we could bottle it and sell it. I wouldn't worry about ADD or any such thing yet. Get her out. My sister takes Jacob to the park twice a day so he can expend some of that energy. For his birthday I enrolled him in Gymboree which my sister said also helps a lot.<br><br>
But I am telling you, the child does not stop! You are not alone...
 

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There is a difference between very active, curious kids & kids that are hyper-active. My nephew is just one busy, needs to be constantly moving & changing kind of kid (his dad is the same). It's a constant though. When my oldest was more "hyper-active" there were burst or times that it was over the top.<br><br>
If you are concerned look at diet. If there are times or if the level fluctuates, I would start journalling food & time to see if there are certain foods that your child could be reacting to. Sugar & food dyes are very obvious....but other things, like eggs, wheat, etc can also cause hyperactivity in people too.
 

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Thanks to everyone for their input.....my dd eats pretty healthy, and little sugars so i will monitor her diet a little bit more and see how things go.....Thanks everyone!!! My very first post and I didn't think i would get a response....very new to this sort of thing!!!<br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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