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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.
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.
Could your child have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? The disorder can affect every aspect of your child's life and make it difficult 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.
Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, also known as ADHD, is a condition affecting nearly 6.4 million children and teens in the U.S., as indicated 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 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.