Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common childhood disorder. The symptoms of ADHD can affect a child's ability to succeed at school. However, ADHD can be effectively managed with treatment and parental guidance. All About Children Pediatrics, which is located in Eden Prairie, MN, offers full-service, state-of-the-art pediatric care to kids of all ages. Here's everything you've ever wanted to know about ADHD.
ADHD affects about 10 percent of school-age kids. ADHD is characterized by inattention, excessive restlessness, impulsivity, and distraction. Scientists are not sure what causes ADHD, although many studies suggest that genes play a large role. Children born prematurely have a higher risk of having ADHD.
Symptoms of ADHD
ADHD has many symptoms. Children with ADHD find it difficult to pay attention and are hyperactive, which means they have trouble sitting still. Children who have ADHD may forget things easily and daydream a lot. They may lose their things often, talk nonstop, and run around a lot. Children with ADHD may also act impulsively, make inappropriate comments, and be very impatient.
Diagnosis of ADHD
A diagnosis of ADHD depends on a complete evaluation. Many children who have ADHD are evaluated and treated by pediatricians. A pediatrician can help if the diagnosis is in doubt. Your child's doctor will do a physical examination and take a medical history. The doctor also may check vision and hearing so other medical conditions can be ruled out. You'll be asked questions about your child's development and behaviors at home, school, and among friends.
Treatment of ADHD
There is no cure for ADHD. Kids with ADHD can get better with treatment. Several medications can help. The most common types are called stimulants. Non-stimulants or antidepressants can also be prescribed to treat ADHD. Medications help kids learn, focus, and stay calm. Different types of psychotherapy are used for ADHD. Behavioral therapy can help teach kids to control their behavior. Many kids do well with both medication and therapy.
ADHD can impact your child's quality of life. Don't wait another minute- call All About Children Pediatrics at 952-943-8200 right now to schedule an appointment in our Eden Prairie, MN, office. Proper diagnosis and treatment of ADHD can improve your child's life for the better. Our outstanding pediatricians and certified pediatric nurse practitioners are dedicated to providing superior pediatric care in Eden Prairie, MN.