ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment
Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, better known as ADHD, is a disorder that affects millions of children. A statistic published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that as many as 11 percent of children (approximately 6.4 million) ages 4 through 17 may struggle with this disorder. With so many school-aged children being diagnosed, we encourage all of our parents to learn as much as possible about children with ADHD and how it can be treated or managed successfully with the help of your pediatrician.
What Is ADHD?
ADHD is a developmental disorder that causes children to be overly rambunctious, hyperactive and distracted. Children dealing with ADHD may lack focus and experience strained relationships with peers and siblings. Not understanding how to parent a child with ADHD may present more concerning situations in unpredictable environments such as busy streets or parks where children with ADHD may not know to stop and become more aware of their surroundings. ADHD can cause many ailments for children if not properly treated which my include but are not limited to:
- Inability to pay attention in class or to parents
- General problems listening or hearing others
- Problems staying organized
- Laziness or procrastination
- Excessive activity or fidgeting (can’t stay still for a moment)
Solutions for Children with ADHD
The commonly accepted treatment for children with ADHD is behavioral therapy, where the child and his parent are taught techniques for better managing the hyperactivity and inability to concentrate. In severe cases the doctor may prescribe medication. Some experts believe that changing a child’s diet for the better (such as eliminating sugar and giving him more vitamins) and providing positive reinforcement can also help.
If you feel that your child may be exhibiting signs of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, schedule an appointment with our pediatrician at (708)424-0900.