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Posts for: January, 2020

By ABC Pediatrics
January 24, 2020
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: ADHD  

Kids are active by nature, prone to bursts of energy, bouts of impatience, and occasionally acting out. But when the inability to sit still, concentrate and practice self control become constant occurrences, it could be a sign your child has a chemical imbalance called attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, commonly known as ADHD.

At ABC Pediatrics in McKinney, we can help you manage your child's ADHD on an individual level. Our specialists are here to listen, advise, and monitor your child's ADHD and help them be healthy and happy. Here is what to know about ADHD:

What are the signs of ADHD?

The signs of ADHD can vary among youth and adolescents, with some experiencing hyperactivity, impulsiveness, forgetful tendencies, squirming, or disorganization. Among their peers, they may be prone to interrupting or talking excessively without the ability to read social cues and stop to listen. With adults and teachers, your child may exhibit a refusal or inability to take direction, focus on the matter or task at hand, or sit quietly.

At our McKinney office, we will go over which of these signs your child exhibits, and the severity of those signs, to determine the best course of action.

What can I do to help my child manage their ADHD?

Helping your child manage their ADHD is done on a case by case basis, with some youth responding to basic lifestyle changes and others benefiting from a prescription medication.

At our office, we don't take prescribing stimulant, cognition enhancing, or anti-hypertensive drugs lightly. Modifying your child's diet, sleep schedule, and fitness level may prove helpful, as could family, individual or cognitive behavior therapy. The specialists at our office may also recommend a combination of medication and therapy or lifestyle habit adjustments.

Contact ABC Pediatrics in McKinney, TX, at (972) 569-9904 if your child is exhibiting signs of ADHD. Together we can make a plan that fits your family.

By ABC Pediatrics
January 16, 2020
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Asthma  

While there is no cure for asthma, there are ways to manage your child’s asthma symptoms and to reduce the risk for a flare-up. Of course, to be able to properly control your child’s asthma it’s important to understand more about this condition and what triggers your child’s symptoms. A pediatrician will be a valuable asset when it comes to discussing asthma treatment options and addressing any concerns that you might have.

Know Your Child’s Triggers

There are a variety of environmental elements and conditions that can also trigger airway inflammation and lead to an asthma attack. It’s important to figure out what your child’s triggers are so you can avoid them as much as possible. Of course, this is something that your pediatrician can help you determine as well. Common triggers include:

  • Outdoor allergens such as pollen and mold
  • Indoor allergens such as pet dander
  • Viral infections
  • Exercise
  • Weather changes

Stick With Your Plan

Once a pediatrician has diagnosed your child with asthma, the next step is to create an asthma management plan (also referred to as an action plan). This plan is designed based on your child’s specific triggers to minimize the severity and the frequency of your child’s flare-ups, which also reduces the need for emergency medical care. So, what’s including in an asthma action plan? Here’s what should be in your child’s action plan:

  • The medications prescribed to your child, along with how much they take and when they should take them
  • Possible triggers
  • Pinpointing the early signs of asthma flare-ups and what to do when they occur
  • How to handle an asthma attack
  • When to seek immediate medical attention

Take Medications as Directed

Medication is the most common way to manage asthma symptoms. Your pediatrician will prescribe a long-term controlling medication that your child will use daily to reduce airway swelling. When signs of a flare-up appear, a quick-acting inhaler can reduce swelling and prevent it from getting worse.

Know Signs of a Flare-up

Once your child has experienced a couple of flare-ups you’ll begin to pick up the warning signs so that you can start to recognize when another one might occur. These warning signs might come in the form of a persistent cough or wheezing. When these symptoms appear it’s important to have your child’s medication readily available.

If your child is showing symptoms and warning signs of asthma it’s important that you bring them in for an immediate medical checkup. Call your pediatrician today to learn more about ways to help your child better control their asthma symptoms.