We all know that kids can be rambunctious at times. Whether it’s the excitement of the pending summer or just a little bit too much sugar during the holidays, there are many reasons why it may seem as if the kids may rule their environment. Of course, there are certain signs that parents should be on the lookout for to determine whether or not their child is just having normal bouts of inattentiveness or whether their lack of focus could mean that they have ADHD.
What is ADHD?
ADHD, which stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a common mental disorder that causes children to seem inattentive, impulsive and hyperactive. Even though all children will experience episodes of daydreaming and lowered attention spans, children with ADHD will display these signs more intensely and more regularly.
This disorder will affect most facets of the life such as school, home and their interactions with others. Once it starts to negatively impact their daily life it’s important to have your child properly evaluated by a pediatrician.
What are the symptoms of ADHD?
A child with ADHD may:
- Become distracted easily
- Forget what they were doing or have difficulty finishing a project
- Avoid completing certain tasks
- Ignore what others are saying and seem like they are often daydreaming
- Not follow directions
- Seem disorganized or may turn in assignments late
- Display disruptive behaviors like cutting in line or interrupting the teacher
- Be antsy and unable to sit still on a regular basis
- Lose items (e.g. glasses; books; homework)
- Have excessive energy and always be on the go
- Blurt out statements or cut people off
- Fidget and squirm
How is ADHD treated?
Fortunately, a pediatrician can easily provide a variety of ways for you and your child to manage their ADHD symptoms to improve their quality of life, as well as their school and home life. Your child’s treatment plan will involve several steps including medications, behavioral therapy and special school accommodations.
Children over the age of 6 years old can benefit greatly from a combination of behavioral therapy and medication, while behavioral therapy is often the first course of action for treating ADHD in children under the age of 6 years old.
Anytime a new medication or treatment is introduced to your little one we will continue to monitor their progress to ensure that symptoms are being properly controlled through this treatment plan. If there are any questions or concerns along the way know that your children’s doctor is here to make sure that your child gets the care they need to better manage their ADHD for the long term.