Once your child has been diagnosed with ADHD you may be wondering, “What now?”
While your child might seem flighty at times or maybe forgetful, children with true ADHD have severe attention issues that negatively impact everything from school performance to social interactions. Most diagnoses occur before the age of 12. Our West Bloomfield, MI, pediatricians are usually the first doctors to turn to if you suspect that your child has ADHD. While ADHD can’t be cured, there are ways for our pediatric team to help your child manage their symptoms. Here are the ways that childhood ADHD is treated,
Age Impacts Treatment
If your child is under six years old, then their ADHD will be managed will be a bit differently than in children that are over six years of age. In children under six years old, we will most likely hold off on providing medications to manage their symptoms and instead turn to behavioral therapy. It’s important that parents also go through specialized behavioral management so that they understand what changes need to be made to their child’s current behaviors to improve school and home life. Children over six years old will often use a combination of behavioral therapy and medication.
Medication is Most Effective When Combined with Other Treatment Options
Every child is different. Some children will show a significant improvement in their behavioral symptoms when taking medication while other children may not show as much improvement in their ADHD symptoms. This is why it’s important to work with your West Bloomfield, MI, children’s doctor to tweak medications and treatment options based on the results you are currently seeing. We see the most improvements in children that combine ADHD medication with therapies and other strategies.
Lifestyle Changes Can Improve Symptoms
Along with behavioral therapy, developing coping skills and strategies, and taking medication, there are simple lifestyle changes that can also help your child better cope with their symptoms. These lifestyle changes include,
- Creating good sleep habits and making sleep a priority. Children should get anywhere from 8-11 hours depending on their age.
- Creating a healthy diet that is rich in omega 3s, iron, magnesium, and zinc. Make sure that they are getting complex carbs, protein, and lots of veggies in their diet while avoiding sugar.
- Making sure that your child is getting regular physical activity for at least one hour every day. Exercise is important as it boosts serotonin and dopamine in the brain and can help with mental clarity.
If you are concerned that your child is showing symptoms of ADHD here in West Bloomfield, MI, our pediatricians can provide you with both a diagnosis and treatment plan.
To schedule an evaluation or to discuss treatment options with us, call Orchard Pediatrics, PC at (248) 855-7510.
Children will undoubtedly get sick from time to time, but they shouldn’t have to face a serious disease. Many highly effective vaccines exist for helping your child build immunity to some of the most serious and deadly diseases, including polio, the measles, and both Hepatitis A and B. The highly trained and skilled providers at Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield follow the immunizations schedules developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). We can help you keep up with your child’s immunizations.
Importance of Immunization
Immunization is extremely important for the health of your child. The vaccines that provide immunization protect your child and others from harmful diseases. As children build up immunity, their bodies will be resistant to any diseases they have been vaccinated against.
In addition to protecting your own child, immunization also protects other children who cannot be vaccinated. For example, children with certain health conditions or who are undergoing chemotherapy have a weak immune system are unable to be vaccinated. However, these children are still protected when everyone around them has immunity to certain diseases. Immunity prevents others from being carriers of a disease and passing it on to unvaccinated children with weak immune systems.
Immunization is also beneficial because it has the potential to eradicate a deadly disease and protect future generations, such as your children’s children. This can be observed in the case of smallpox, which was once a deadly disease. Years of vaccination led to widespread immunity from the disease so that it was eventually wiped out, which means current and future generations are protected from contracting it. Eradication of other diseases could potentially occur with continued vaccination.
The AAP has developed several immunization schedules that specify when certain vaccines should be administered to children. Some vaccinations require multiple doses, which are indicated on the AAP schedules. The majority of vaccinations can be completed from birth through the time a child starts school, with a few follow up doses needed around the start of adolescence.
The AAP has developed an immunization schedule for birth to six years of age, as well as one for youth between the ages of seven and 18 years. A third catch-up schedule is also available for children who start the vaccination schedule late or who have fallen more than one month behind schedule. The experienced providers at our pediatric practice in West Bloomfield can help you keep up with immunizations for your child.
Keeping up with your child’s immunization schedules is the best way to protect them from a variety of harmful diseases. Schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable doctors to discuss your child’s immunizations by calling Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield at (248) 855-7510.
Asthma affects American children more than any other chronic health condition, says the CDC. Management is key to a healthy childhood. So, your team of four physicians at Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield, MI, provides families with asthma symptom recognition, medication, trigger reduction, and more. Read on to learn how your child can thrive despite asthma.
Symptoms of asthma
Asthma is a chronic lung disease characterized by inflammation of the airway and lungs. Triggered by environmental factors, such as cold air, smoke, intense odors, or pollen, asthma also flares up after a cold, during periods of stress, and in response to exercise.
Most children with asthma wheeze, cough (particularly at night), and feel very short of breath. Additionally, they may be extremely fatigued or experience tightness in the chest. Some asthma episodes may be life-threatening and require emergency medical attention.
Despite its dangers and your concerns as a parent, your child can live well with asthma. At our West Bloomfield office, your physicians want to see children with asthma symptoms for a complete physical examination that includes chest auscultation and a lung function test.
Then, your pediatrician will outline a care plan aimed at trigger avoidance, medications, and more. KidsHealth reports that making an asthma action plan and adhering to it is important to sustained well-being and day-to-day functionality.
For instance, your child should take their medications as prescribed. Typically, asthmatics use a long-term control medication and carry a rescue inhaler for sudden onset of symptoms.
Both children and parents benefit from an asthma diary to track symptoms and what may cause them. Understanding the warning signs of an attack can help you, as the parent, stay on top of medication administration.
Finally, caregivers, teachers, sports coaches, and others who routinely interact with your child should know how to help them in the event of a flare-up. This is particularly important for kids who have severe, hard-to-control asthma.
Live well with asthma
Your child can achieve this, but it takes careful attention, planning, and teamwork. For more information on childhood asthma, contact Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield at (248) 855-7510.
Get access to one of our pediatricians when your child is sick.
Your child’s not feeling well and you want to be reassured by a doctor that it’s no big deal. But how are you supposed to do that when you’re following “shelter in place” rules? Ensuring that every child stays healthy is of the utmost importance to our pediatricians, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. That’s why our Bloomfield, MI, medical team is providing telemedicine visits to our patients during regular office hours, which also includes Saturday appointments.
When is telemedicine recommended?
If your child is dealing with mild symptoms the last thing you want to do right now is bring them into a doctor’s office, especially if you don’t have to. These telemedicine appointments allow our West Bloomfield, MI, children’s doctor to be able to talk with you, hear about the symptoms your child is experiencing, see their symptoms and then determine an action plan. These visits are great for common non-emergency-related issues such as,
- Runny nose
- Sinus infection
- Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
- Skin infections
- Cuts and wounds
- Sore throat
- Digestive problems (e.g. diarrhea; stomach pain; vomiting; constipation)
- Flu-like symptoms
- Possible urinary tract infection
- Behavioral issues
- Strains and sprains
How to keep your kids healthy during COVID19
The last thing you want to worry about is your child getting sick, especially now. Luckily, there are some easy practices and habits you can adopt to keep your child healthy and safe. These habits include,
- Washing hands frequently and properly with soap and water. How long should you wash your hands? Sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice, the CDC recommends.
- Disinfect all surfaces daily, from doorknobs and chairs to light switches and countertops.
- Teach your child to cough or sneezing into their arm or to use a tissue (then have them wash their hands immediately after).
- Avoid anyone who is sick.
- Make sure to launder clothes regularly in warm water.
- Avoid any playdates or social interactions right now until COVID-19 has been properly contained.
- Make sure children are getting regular activity and are eating healthy.
If your child has developed a fever, rash or other symptoms that have you concerned, it’s comforting to know that the pediatricians at our Bloomfield, MI, medical practice are only a call or click away. To schedule a telemedicine visit with a doctor at Orchard Pediatrics, call us at (248) 855-7510.
Find out what makes these two attention-related disorders different from one another.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and attention deficit disorder are two terms that get bandied about a lot. They may often seem like the same thing from what you hear from those around you or read in articles, but our West Bloomfield, Commerce Township, and Farmington Hills, MI pediatricians are here to clear up a few misconceptions surrounding these two conditions.
While both ADD and ADHD are brain-related conditions that affect how someone concentrates, the one big difference between the two is that those children who have ADHD are also hyperactive. Children with ADHD are often fidgety and can’t sit still. They may not be able to sit in their seat while at school and they are more likely to cause disruptions to a classroom.
On the other hand, children may have ADD without parents or teachers even noticing since there are no outbursts of energy or disruptions. Instead, they may be prone to daydreaming or being in a world of their own most of the time.
Of course, while ADD was once considered a subtype of ADHD, it seems as if things have changed a bit and even little ones with ADD are being placed under the blanket term ADHD. This has caused a bit of controversy with doctors and psychologists who believe that they truly are two different conditions.
Fortunately, regardless of whether your child has ADD or ADHD, the treatment options are the same. While your child will be prescribed medication from one of our Ventura children’s doctors, they will also need to go through behavioral modifications, which we can discuss more in-depth during your visit. These modifications help your child implement different ways to cope to lessen their symptoms and make it easier for them to concentrate.
Is your child displaying symptoms of ADD or ADHD? If so, Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield, Commerce Township, and Farmington Hills, MI is here to help. Don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call. We are happy to schedule your child’s next appointment at a time that’s most convenient for you.
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