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By ABC PEDIATRICS
May 04, 2020
Category: Child Health
Tags: ADHD  
ADHDParents want the best for their child, which is why check-ups and appointments with their pediatricians are so important. Yet your pediatrician isn’t just available for when your child is sick or has physical ailments. They can also help with mental and behavioral conditions, including the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. If your child struggles with focus, impulsivity, attention, or hyperactivity, schedule them for an evaluation. It’s also important to note that children must be at least four years old for a diagnosis.
 
The Three Facets of ADHD
There are three parts to pediatric ADHD: impulsivity, inattention, and hyperactivity. Each of them is signs and are necessary for a diagnosis. Here is some information about each of them.
 
Inattention: your child spends a lot of time daydreaming or not paying attention, struggles to listen, is easily distracted, makes careless mistakes, rarely finishes tasks, and is disorganized to the point of losing or forgetting important things. 
 
It’s important to understand that children with ADHD can pay attention, it’s just harder with topics that don’t interest them. They can tune out when tasks get repetitive. Working with them to organize their schoolwork and tasks is essential. Try to provide them with a quiet and calm environment to work in.
 
Impulsivity: your child can’t wait or acts without thinking, interrupts others, and has problems taking turns.
 
Children with ADHD have trouble with self-control, which leads to the impulsive characteristics mentioned above. They have a harder time censoring themselves. This results in them invading people's personal space or asking overly personal questions. Impulsivity problems also lead to moodiness and overreactions. 
 
Hyperactivity: your child seems to constantly be moving, without being able to sit still without squirming. They also talk too much and loudly, often playing in areas that aren’t permitted. 
 
It’s normal for younger children to have high energy levels. It’s only when your child seems to be constantly moving that it could be an issue with hyperactivity. When they do sit still, they are still moving. They may tap their fingers, shake their legs, or move their feet. 
 
Diagnosing ADHD
A diagnosis won’t happen right away. There are many steps in the process before an accurate understanding is available. Your pediatrician will most likely want statements from not just you and your child, but other caregivers and teachers. 

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. 
 
The criteria change depending on your child’s age, so it isn’t one-size-fits-all. Your pediatrician will work with you to get an accurate picture of your child’s situation. 
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 - MCKINNEY
June 06, 2019
Tags: ADHD  

How your pediatricians in McKinney, TX, can help with ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD, can sometimes be difficult to diagnose. It’s often hard to tell the ADHDdifference between normal behavioral milestones like testing boundaries, and abnormal behaviors like aggressiveness.

Your pediatrician can help. The pediatricians at ABC Pediatrics in McKinney, TX, offer a full range of pediatric services including diagnosing and treating behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, and ADHD.

There are some definite signs and symptoms of ADHD. According to the Child Development Institute, your child may have ADHD if he or she experiences:

  • Difficulty staying seated for long periods
  • Chronic squirming or fidgeting
  • Chronic lack of organization
  • Forgetting or losing things
  • Frequently not listening or following directions
  • Difficulty paying attention to details
  • Excessive talking or blurting out comments
  • Running, climbing, or other activities at an inappropriate time or place

Without treatment, ADHD can lead to problems which can continue into adulthood, including:

  • Learning difficulties and poor grades
  • Destructive behaviors and aggression
  • Difficulty forming friendships
  • Severe mood swings and depression
  • Sleep disorders and insomnia

Your pediatrician offers several effective treatments to manage ADHD. These treatments are often used together to help with ADHD:

  • Medication therapy, using medications that help to increase brain function, sharpen the ability to focus, and increase self-control mechanisms; some of the most common medications include Adderall and Ritalin.
  • Behavioral therapy, involving both the child and the parents and focusing on tools and techniques to reduce inappropriate, aggressive, and destructive behaviors.
  • Lifestyle modification, which can include diet (avoiding sugar, and increasing nutrients and vitamins) and increasing exercise and activity level.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can affect your child in dramatic and unexpected ways. If you think your child is experiencing symptoms of ADHD, it’s time to take action. It’s time to call the pediatricians at ABC Pediatrics in McKinney, TX. Your child deserves to enjoy a great life, so call today!

By ABC Pediatrics - McKinney
December 06, 2018
Tags: ADHD  

How our doctors in McKinney TX, can help your child

An ADHD diagnosis can be a startling experience, especially when your child is the one being diagnosed. However, this common condition is manageable. In fact, learning how to manage its symptoms early can help you and your child lead a normal, happy life. Learn more about childhood ADHD, its diagnoses, and how your doctor can help treat it by reading below, and contact Dr. Suzanne Davis, Dr. Steven Rodrigues, Dr. Marisa Rosales, and Dr. Rachel Johnston at ABC Pediatrics in McKinney, TX, if you are interested in a consultation.

Does my child have ADHD?
Children with ADHD may exhibit various symptoms, all of which include inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Depending on the type of ADHD your child has, they may show different symptoms. Some of the more common signs of ADHD include:

  • Interrupting
  • Fidgeting
  • Leaving tasks unfinished
  • Lack of focus
  • Inability to follow instructions
  • Forgetfulness
  • Inability to stay organized
  • Ignoring or putting off tasks
  • Trouble keeping their emotions in check
  • Lack of empathy

Diagnosing ADHD
An ADHD diagnosis is not based on one definitive test. Instead, your doctor takes many aspects of your child’s life into account and looks at the big picture of their behavior and development. They will gather information from caregivers, schools, parents, and teachers and combine it to gain a comprehensive understanding of your child’s symptoms. In addition to assessing your child’s symptoms, the doctor will perform a full physical examination including vision and hearing tests.

Treating ADHD
Treating ADHD depends on the type and severity of the condition. Often, treatment is a combination of both medication to decrease hyperactivity/increase focus and behavioral therapy to help them learn to manage triggers and symptoms. Working with your child’s doctor is the best way to ensure that your child has the best treatment plan possible.

For more information on childhood ADHD or managing its symptoms, please contact Dr. Suzanne Davis, Dr. Steven Rodrigues, Dr. Marisa Rosales, and Dr. Rachel Johnston at ABC Pediatrics in McKinney, TX. Call (972) 569-9904 to schedule an appointment with your child’s pediatrician today!

By ABC PEDIATRICS
June 06, 2018
Tags: ADHD  

ADHDAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood neurodevelopmental disorder. The pediatricians at ABC Pediatrics in McKinney, TX, offer a number of diagnostic and management options for ADHD.

Frequently Asked Questions About Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Q: Is ADHD a form of Autism?

A: Although ADHD and some autism spectrum disorders have common symptoms that commonly overlap, ADHD is not part of the autism spectrum.

Q: What is the Difference Between ADHD and ADD?

A: ADD and ADHD are broad terms that describe symptoms and behaviors that break down into a few types of ADHD depending on the individual child's situation according to the CDC:

  • Predominantly Inattentive Presentation (difficulty paying attention, following instructions, and finishing tasks)
  • Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation (fidgeting, restlessness, difficulting sitting still for long periods of time, issues with impulse control
  • Combined Presentation (symptoms from both groups

ADD and ADHD are sometimes used interchangeably, but ADD is more in line with the predominantly inattentive subtype of ADHD in children that do not exhibit hyperactivity.

Q: What Causes ADHD?

A: Scientists are currently conducting research into definitive causes of ADHD. In addition to a genetic link, there are a few factors believe to contribute to or increase the risk of ADHD in children such as:

  • Environmental factors like lead poisoning
  • Premature birth/low birth weight

Q: What are the Symptoms of ADHD?

A: The most common symptoms include:

  • Constant squirming, fidgeting, and inability to sit still
  • Behavioral problems
  • Impulse control
  • Talking over others, interrupting
  • Difficulty focusing or following instructions and completing tasks
  • Forgetting or misplacing things
  • Difficulty concentrating

Q: Is There a Cure for ADHD?

A: While there is no cure at the moment, there are a number of methods available to help manage and regulate symptoms.

Q: How is ADHD Treated?

A: ADHD treatment varies depending on the type and on a case by case basis depending on the child. Common treatment methods include medication and behavioral therapy. Your pediatrician may also recommend lifestyle modifications like diet and exercise.

ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment in McKinney, TX

To learn more about ADHD symptoms, diagnostic, and treatment options, contact ABC Pediatrics by calling (972) 569-9904 to schedule an appointment with a pediatrician today.