It is very difficult to make a proper diagnosis for very young children. Normal development has to be carefully evaluated. Most of the research has focussed on children with conduct problems and is mostly retrospective. But if a genetic predisposition or siblings with ADHD are present, the following symptoms might also be related to ADHD traits:
- Excessive crying
- Difficulties to be soothed
- Hypersensitivity to touching or certain clothes
- Feeding problems, irregular eating
- Sleep disturbances
ADHD is a genetically based disorder. So the mother or father (and often both) might also be affected by ADHD. Thus they might have additional problems with organizing and impulse regulation. Up to now there is very little help for these families. The best thing is to seek professional help by a doctor or psychotherapist. Psychostimulants are not recommended for very young children before preschool.