Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can make it literally impossible for your child to sit still in class or take turns while playing with other kids. Luckily, your child's Ocala, FL, pediatricians, Drs. Shahab Eunus and Mamatha Sandu, offer strategies and treatments that can help!
What is ADHD?
Endless energy is one of the benefits of being a child, however, this behavior can be problematic if your child never seems to wind down and relax. If your child has ADHD, the signs will probably appear before the age of seven. Although your child's pediatrician will take many factors into consideration before making a diagnosis, your son or daughter may be diagnosed with ADHD if the symptoms have been affecting at least two areas of their life for longer than six months.
How can I tell if my child has ADHD?
Common symptoms of ADHD may include:
- Hyperactivity: Does your child have a hard time in class due to constant squirming, fidgeting, or an inability to stay in their seat? Kids who have ADHD often have to constantly fight the urge to move. No matter how hard they try, they just can't stay still.
- Poor School Performance: Even the brightest kids can't succeed at school if their ADHD causes them to daydream or if they just can't focus on subjects that bore them.
- Impulse Control Issues: Some kids who have ADHD have problems with impulse control. They may take toys or objects they want without asking, blurt out inappropriate comments, or speak without raising their hands in class.
- Talking: Kids who have ADHD may be chatterboxes. In fact, they may not be able to stop talking when faced with consequences, such as missing recess.
- Problems with Relationships: ADHD can make it difficult to make friends, particularly if your child won't wait for their turn to talk, has poor listening skills, or has difficulty understanding social cues.
How can my child's Ocala pediatrician help?
Behavior modification therapy, social skills groups, and even dietary changes may help your child curb their impulses and improve their ability to concentrate. Although medication can be helpful, it's not needed for every child.
Are you concerned that your child may have ADHD? If so, call your Ocala, FL, pediatricians, Drs. Shahab Eunus and Mamatha Sandu, at (352) 237-5400 to schedule an appointment.