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By Northside Pediatrics Associates
May 06, 2020
Category: Child Health
Tags: ADHD  
ADHDParents want the best for their child, which is why check-ups and appointments with their pediatricians are so important. Yet your pediatrician isn’t just available for when your child is sick or has physical ailments. They can also help with mental and behavioral conditions, including the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. If your child struggles with focus, impulsivity, attention, or hyperactivity, schedule them for an evaluation. It’s also important to note that children must be at least four years old for a diagnosis.
 
The Three Facets of ADHD
There are three parts to pediatric ADHD: impulsivity, inattention, and hyperactivity. Each of them is signs and are necessary for a diagnosis. Here is some information about each of them.
 
Inattention: your child spends a lot of time daydreaming or not paying attention, struggles to listen, is easily distracted, makes careless mistakes, rarely finishes tasks, and is disorganized to the point of losing or forgetting important things. 
 
It’s important to understand that children with ADHD can pay attention, it’s just harder with topics that don’t interest them. They can tune out when tasks get repetitive. Working with them to organize their schoolwork and tasks is essential. Try to provide them with a quiet and calm environment to work in.
 
Impulsivity: your child can’t wait or acts without thinking, interrupts others, and has problems taking turns.
 
Children with ADHD have trouble with self-control, which leads to the impulsive characteristics mentioned above. They have a harder time censoring themselves. This results in them invading people's personal space or asking overly personal questions. Impulsivity problems also lead to moodiness and overreactions. 
 
Hyperactivity: your child seems to constantly be moving, without being able to sit still without squirming. They also talk too much and loudly, often playing in areas that aren’t permitted. 
 
It’s normal for younger children to have high energy levels. It’s only when your child seems to be constantly moving that it could be an issue with hyperactivity. When they do sit still, they are still moving. They may tap their fingers, shake their legs, or move their feet. 
 
Diagnosing ADHD
A diagnosis won’t happen right away. There are many steps in the process before an accurate understanding is available. Your pediatrician will most likely want statements from not just you and your child, but other caregivers and teachers. 

At the appointment with your child’s pediatrician, they’ll want you and others to fill out a questionnaire about your child’s behavior. Symptoms need to be present in multiple settings, like at home and school and cause issues at both. 
 
The criteria change depending on your child’s age, so it isn’t one-size-fits-all. Your pediatrician will work with you to get an accurate picture of your child’s situation. 
By Northside Pediatrics Associates
February 21, 2020
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: ADHD  

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.

By Northside Pediatrics Associates
February 14, 2019
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: ADHD  

Could your child have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? The disorder can affect every aspect of your child's life and make it ADHDdifficult to form friendships. Your Conroe, TX, pediatricians, Drs. Ayotunde Faweya and Michael Okogbo of Northside Pediatrics Associates offer strategies and treatments that can help kids with ADHD.

 

What is ADHD?

ADHD is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain and usually begins before children are 7. Although hyperactivity is a common sign of the disorder, some children have a subtype of ADHD and don't experience hyperactivity.

 

What are the signs of ADHD?

Kids who have ADHD can't stop moving. They constantly squirm and fidget, which can cause problems at school, particularly if they leave their seats and wander around the classroom.

In fact, teachers are often the first ones to spot signs of ADHD. Children who have ADHD may daydream when a school subject bores them or forget to turn in completed homework. They may have difficulty following directions, can't resist talking in class or find it hard to concentrate for long periods of time.

ADHD also affects your child's social life and may make it difficult for your child to make or keep friends. Kids who blurt out inappropriate comments, refuse to share, or don't understand social cues often find the social aspects of school especially challenging.

At home, you may notice that your child needs frequent reminders to put away toys or start homework, misplaces belongings or can't sit quietly through a TV show.

 

How is ADHD treated?

Some parents are reluctant to seek treatment for their children because they assume that medication is the only solution for ADHD. Although some kids do find that life is easier if they take medication, many benefit from behavioral therapy and social skills groups that teach children how to control impulsive behaviors and strengthen relationships. Your Conroe, TX, pediatrician can discuss appropriate treatment options for your child during your next visit.

Does your child have several of these symptoms? Call your Conroe, TX, pediatricians, Drs. Ayotunde Faweya and Michael Okogbo of Northside Pediatrics Associates, at (936) 270-8655 to schedule an appointment for your child.

By Northside Pediatrics Associates
March 08, 2018
Category: Children's Health
Tags: ADHD  

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, also known as ADHD, is a condition affecting nearly 6.4 million children and teens in the U.S., as adhdindicated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Children and teens with ADHD find it difficult to concentrate and remain focused, which often makes school more challenging for them. At North Pediatrics Associates, Dr. Ayotunde Faweya is your pediatrician for diagnosing and treating your child’s ADHD in Conroe, TX.

ADHD Symptoms

ADHD affects both boys and girls, but is more common in boys. Several symptoms can be indicators your child might have ADHD. If your child exhibits many of these symptoms regularly, ADHD is a possibility. ADHD symptoms include:

  • Difficulty staying focused in school
  • Trouble concentrating on homework
  • Hyperactive behavior
  • Easily distracted
  • Persistent forgetfulness
  • Difficulty listening to others
  • Constant and excessive fidgeting
  • Tendency to procrastinate regularly
  • Difficulty remaining organized
  • Strained peer relationships

Treatment of ADHD

ADHD has no cure, but treatments are available for helping your child manage the symptoms. Learning to manage symptoms such as hyperactivity can help your child improve concentration and be able to better focus in school. In Conroe, child ADHD treatments include medications and behavioral therapy.

ADHD medications are helpful for managing specific symptoms. For instance, medications can improve focus so your child can better concentrate and listen. Behavioral therapy is a method for improving problematic behaviors, such as hyperactivity. For instance, one behavioral therapy technique involves delivering praise when your child exhibits desired behaviors, which can encourage your child to continue behaving in the desired manner. Other techniques can be implemented by your child to better manage self-control when feeling hyperactive.

If your child is struggling to manage the symptoms of ADHD, effective treatments are available. The right combination of medications and behavioral therapy can help your child experience increased success in school and other structured environments. To discuss treatment options for your child’s ADHD in Conroe, schedule an appointment with Dr. Faweya by contacting North Pediatrics Associates at (936) 270-8655.