The Effectiveness of Weighted Blankets for Treating Children With ADHD
What does ADHD look like? A child who never sits still, who is noisy and always seems displeased. One who may hit others and is often surly, or may even put himself in dangerous situations.
In 2016, 6.1 million US children between the ages of 2-17 were diagnosed with ADHD. The number of children aged 2-5 years was 388,000, 6-11 was 2.4 million, 12-17 About 3.3 million children.
Many people view this disease with some ambiguity and others believe that affected people only need to calm down or eliminate deviations. Researchers thought the disease was a behavioral disorder, but recently the concept has changed. Dr. Thomas Brown, assistant director At the Yale clinic for ADDitude magazine says that ADHD is a developmental disorder of the brain's self-management system and its executive functions.
Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may also suffer from a lack of self-esteem, troubled relationships and poor performance at school. These symptoms sometimes decrease with age, yet most people never completely get rid of symptoms, but tools and strategies can be followed to alleviate these symptoms.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can make life difficult for children. Several complications may occur: a quarrel in the classroom, which may lead to school failure,treated badly by children and other adult individuals, exposed to a greater number of accidents and injuries, low level of self-confidence, trouble with interaction and acceptance by peers and adults alike. Often being exposed to greater risks associated with alcohol and drug addiction and other criminal behavior.
A study conducted by the University of Orebro in Sweden showed that children with ADHD have a 50 percent reduction in serotonin, a protein produced by the brain, which leads to poor attention.
Drugs increase serotonin in the brain, which is a chemical in the body, is important for mood, sleep, concentration and a sense of calm and have a significant role in the production of melatonin - a natural sleep aid to the body.
Despite the effectiveness of drug therapy, it is a source of concern to many as a result of the presence of some side effects or the result of habituation, which requires more doses in the coming times and these problems may be a greater concern if a child is a casualty.
Weighted blankets provide another type of solution to obtain a serotonin boost without the need to resort to drugs or chemicals based. Melissa relies on the principle of deep touch stimulation in their blankets, which contribute to an increase of serotonin by 28% and dopamine by 31%.
In view of all of the above, weighted blankets have the effect of making children sleep more comfortably and deeply and it is also calms the mind and nervous system. If your child's mind is calm, his brain will be able to regulate incoming sensory input and adapt to environmental changes.
Weighted blankets are useful for children in a variety of situations, such as long car rides, in the classroom or while doing homework, transitioning from high to low energy activates and before bedtime.
If you have any questions about the size or weight of the appropriate blanket for your child or any other inquiry, we are ready to answer your questions and help you choose the right size and weight. You can contact us by phone at 623.234.4156 or communicate with us via our website https://melissasweightedblankets.com/.