Why Does Short-term Memory Loss Occur in Children?


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Understanding Short-term Memory Loss in Children

Is your child unable to recall and relate his day at school? Do you notice your child struggling with maths? Well, if you can relate to the above situations reading this post is a good idea.

The human brain has many complex functions. Controlling memory is one vital function of the brain. Do you know that even children may suffer from short-term memory loss? If you are clueless about this condition, do not panic. Simply keep reading the article to know more about the causes of short-term memory loss in children, its common symptoms and some simple tips to help your child fight the condition better.

What Causes Short Term Memory Loss In Children?

There are several factors that may cause a short-term memory loss in children.

  • Attention Deficit Disorder: In 2009, a study revealed a link between attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and inconsistent short-term memory loss. The neurobehavioral disorder makes it tough for the individual to focus on a particular task for a reasonable amount of time.
  • Poor Working Memory: A general lack of intelligence and inattentiveness characterises this condition.
  • Dyscalculia: It arises due to an inability to process visual information. Such children are usually able to grasp different academic concepts but are unable to understand mathematical problems.
  • Poor Auditory Memory: A child suffering from this condition can hear and understand information correctly, but is unable to recall it later.

[ Read: Parenting Tips For Children With ADHD ]

Short Term Memory Loss Symptoms In Children:

Here are a few things you need to watch out for:

  • Inability to recall a particular event, person or place that the child should ideally remember.
  • Inability to recall a traumatic event such as death or abuse.

Children who are suffering from short-term memory loss, often have a problem recalling events that took place even a day before. If they do try to concentrate on recalling a particular event, they may still end up missing important information. They may also be unwilling to pursue activities that require continuous mental attention, including homework.

[ Read: How To Improve Working Memory In Children ]

Tips On How To Cope With Short Term Memory Loss In Children:

If your child is suffering from short-term memory loss, he may need proper medical attention to identify and treat the cause of his condition. Here are a few simple steps you can take as a parent to help your child cope with this condition and recover better:

1. Encourage your child to exercise regularly. It not only helps improve his physical health, but also enhances his cognitive function and memory. Exercise also helps strengthen the connection between the left and the right side of the brain.

2. Make sure your child has a balanced diet. Vital nutrients like omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin E and C help boost memory. Deficiency of nutrients too may cause a memory loss.

3. Encourage your child to have a creative outlet to express himself. He may choose to participate in hobbies like painting, photography, writing, etc. These activities can help him fight stress and aid his memory.

4. Encourage him to enrol for a body and wellness training program such as HABIT [1], by the Mayo Clinic. The program works best for those suffering from a mild cognitive impairment.

[ Read: Benefits Of Exercise For Children ]

Dealing with a child suffering from a short-term memory loss requires a lot of effort and care. As a parent, you need to be supportive of your child.

We hope this article helped you get an insight into this neurobiological condition.

Did these tips help you motivate your child to cope with short-term memory loss? Do let us know in the comments box.

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