Pediatrics & Pediatric Obesity Medicine located in Wellesley, MA & Waltham, MA
The challenges of ADHD can make it hard for your child to perform everyday tasks. If your child struggles to stay focused in school and maintain organized habits, consider an ADHD assessment. At Newton Pediatrics, the expert pediatricians regularly work with parents to help their children lead happier, more fulfilling lives. To make an appointment for your child, call the office in Wellesley or Waltham, Massachusetts, or use the online booking feature today.
ADHD Q & A
What is ADHD?
ADHD, also known as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, is characterized by two primary traits: inattentive or hyperactive/impulsive.
If your child has inattentive symptoms, they might:
- Frequently daydream
- Have difficulty staying focused or concentrating
- Frequently lose things
- Have forgetfulness
- Get easily distracted
- Have problems remembering instructions or listening to others
Hyperactive and impulsive symptoms may include:
- Difficulty waiting for turns
- An inability to sit still
- Talking nonstop
- Having excessive energy
- Acting without thinking
- Getting bored very easily
Children often exhibit one primary trait, but they can have a combination of symptoms. ADHD was previously known as ADD (attention deficit disorder), but people now understand ADD as only having inattentive problems rather than the combined symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity/impulsiveness.
When do children develop ADHD?
ADHD develops typically in early childhood, around the time children begin school. Research indicates that children between the ages of 4-17 exhibit symptoms of ADHD.
Some children will find a gradual improvement in their symptoms as they get older, but others might still struggle with symptoms in their adulthood.
Children and parents may find it hard to navigate work, life, and relationships without proper care for ADHD.
How is ADHD treated?
Newtown Pediatrics may recommend several treatments to help your child cope with ADHD symptoms and enhance their quality of life.
Medication Your child may need prescription medication, such as stimulants, to treat ADHD. Some children may have mental health challenges, like depression or anxiety, coupled with their ADHD. In this case, they may need antidepressants or anti-anxiety medicines.
Behavioral counseling teaches your child to recognize the thoughts and emotions that trigger unwanted behaviors.
Nutritional counseling Eating a healthy diet may enhance your child’s cognitive functioning and provide them with essential nutrients to boost their wellness and performance in daily life.
Newtown Pediatrics has a licensed clinical social worker who can also help your child discuss feelings and concerns with their condition and develop effective tools to manage ADHD in their day-to-day life.
To see if your child can benefit from an ADHD assessment and behavioral health counseling, make an appointment at Newton Pediatrics by calling the nearest office or using the online booking feature today.
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