Learn more about childhood ADHD and when your child's behaviors may require further evaluation.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) seems to be a hot-button topic, especially when it comes to whether or not a child’s behaviors may actually be the result of this medical condition or just normal childhood behaviors. From the Conroe, TX, office of your pediatrician, Dr. Ayotunde Faweya, here are the most commonly asked questions regarding ADHD.
What is ADHD?
This long-term neurobehavioral condition affects a person’s ability to stay focused. This problem interferes with concentration and may cause hyperactivity in children and teens. As a result, children often face challenges at school and at home, as well as their interpersonal life.
What causes ADHD?
While we don’t yet understand the exact cause of ADHD we do know that this is a condition that affects and alters the way the brain functions. It’s possible that ADHD could be genetic, meaning that this condition is more likely to run in families.
What are the signs and symptoms of child ADHD?
There are three main symptoms associated with ADHD: Impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattentiveness. Children do not have to display all three symptoms in order to have ADHD.
Symptoms will vary from child-to-child but in order for our Conroe, TX, children’s doctor to be able to properly diagnose ADHD, we will need to be able to see that your child has been dealing with those symptoms for more than six months and that these symptoms are impacting several facets of their life (e.g. home, school, relationships, hobbies, etc.).
A child with ADHD may:
- Fidget and have trouble sitting still or playing quietly
- Daydream and become easily distracted
- Jump from one project or assignment to another, never finishing anything
- Make careless mistakes and have trouble following instructions
- Often misplace items such as homework or textbooks
- Have trouble waiting in line or waiting their turn to be called on
When do ADHD symptoms usually appear?
Parents may start to notice these symptoms as early as a child’s preschool years (around 3-4 years old). Most symptoms of ADHD will occur before 12 years old.
How is child ADHD treated?
While there is currently no cure for ADHD our pediatrician can work with you and your child to find the right treatment options to manage their symptoms. Common treatment options for child ADHD include:
- Medication (e.g. Adderall)
- Behavioral modifications/therapy
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Social skills interventions
- Lifestyle and dietary modifications
- Support groups
Concerned? Give us a call
If your child is displaying the telltale signs of ADHD and it's impacting their social and academic life, call Northside Pediatrics Associates in Conroe, TX, at (936) 270-8655 to schedule a consultation with our pediatrician.