Your child’s health is probably your number one priority. Learning that your child has a condition like ADHD can be a shock, but learning what it takes to treat and manage the condition can help you maintain a positive outlook to guide your child on their journey into adulthood. Learn more about the warning signs of ADHD, diagnosing this condition, and its treatments with Dr. Ayman Rawda at Pediatrics on Demand in Oak Lawn, IL.
What is ADHD?
ADHD is short for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and can occur in children, teens, or adults. ADHD affects about at least 5% of children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Does my child have ADHD?
The symptoms of ADHD include hyperactivity, fidgeting, and trouble sitting for longer periods of time. People with ADHD are often impulsive, making snap decisions or not thinking about the consequences of their actions. They may interrupt someone while listening to a story. Children with ADHD often have problems in school, “zoning out” when they should be working or forgetting to do their homework or bring their book to class often.
How will my child’s pediatrician diagnosis ADHD?
Diagnosing ADHD does not involve one definitive test, but instead uses an overall assessment of a child’s behavior. The assessment begins when a child has shown the symptoms of ADHD for longer than six months. These symptoms must be present in more than one setting, such as school, home, and social settings. The diagnosis will also include a physical examination, vision assessment, and hearing screening. Some children may experience other conditions or environmental factors which cause them to exhibit the symptoms of ADHD, making their family, medical, and lifestyle history important to their ADHD assessment.
Treating ADHD in Oak Lawn, IL
The treatment for ADHD will depend on the severity and type of ADHD the child has been diagnosed with. One of the most common treatments for ADHD is a prescription medication to help control its symptoms and manage behaviors. Often, children grow out of the need for medication, making occasional breaks necessary to reassess their symptoms and reevaluate their prescription.
For more information on diagnosing and treating ADHD, please contact Dr. Rawda at Pediatrics on Demand in Oak Lawn, IL. Call (708) 424-0900 to schedule your appointment today!