Over-the-Counter Hyperactivity Remedies for Children

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Children with more than a normal dose of hyperactivity are often diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Doctors can prescribe medications for hyperactivity, but many parents wish to skip traditional medications in favor of alternative medications, which they feel are safer, and which can have less intense side effects.

Valerian Root

Valerian root is an all-natural herb that is known for its calming effect. It works the same way for hyperactive children. Valerian root comes in liquid form and can be purchased at a health store, pharmacy, or online shop (see Resources). If your child doesn't like the taste of it, you can mix it with juice. The dose your child must take varies based on his age and weight. Check the directions on the package to find out how much your child needs each day.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea has the ability to calm a child (or adult, for that matter) during the day, and help her sleep peacefully at night. It can work wonders for a child with a hyperactivity disorder. If your child is old enough to have a hot glass of tea (not scalding of course), then make them a cup when they begin to get hyper. If they don't like hot drinks, serve the chamomile tea cold. You may want to give your child a glass in the daytime and one before bed.

Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is an herb that belongs to the mint family. It can relax a person's nerves, as it is considered an all-natural mild sedative. Lemon balm works as an over-the-counter medication for children with hyperactivity disorders. Parents can purchase it online, at their local health store or pharmacy. The dose for children ranges from 50mg to 75mg depending on age and weight. Follow all the directions on the packaging.

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