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Parents of ADHD Toddlers, Preschoolers

How to tell if 2 year old might have ADHD?

Hi!  I have ADHD, and so do my mom and my brothers. 
My two year old son is doing things that seem to me consistent with ADHD, but perhaps they are just normal 2 year old behavior - I have nothing to compare to, since he doesn’t go to daycare, and he is my first child.

I’m just wondering if I can even tell this early, and if so, what are the signs? 



I think your two year old is to wait till he starts school when you’ll be able to really see.  I have a2 year old as well as a 7 year old my second son the two year old is very much different than my first son the seven year old the seven year old has been diagnosed with ADD tendencies. I often look at my 2 year old and think yeah you got to but I think it is just a 2 year old being two.

Posted by Jessi818 on Jul 26, 2014 at 3:16pm

Hi lizmari!

I think 2 is super young to diagnose ADHD for the reason you pointed out, two-year-old behavior and ADHD behavior can look exactly the same. The Diagnostic Manual also states that ADHD diagnosis should not take place before the age of 4, but I know severe cases are sometimes diagnosed at 3.

I encourage you to start a journal now of all the things you see that you think might be ADHD. That record could be very beneficial in a future evaluation and possible diagnosis.

As well, read more about diagnosing ADHD in toddlers in these articles:

See if you can get an evaluation with a pediatric OT. If your son is hyper, OT can really help and that is something you can do at any age, but the sooner the better. Also look into alternative ADHD treatments like diet and supplements and talk with his doctor about that.

ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Jul 28, 2014 at 3:05pm

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