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It’s important to recognize the signs of a learning disability so you can get your child the care they need.
Is your little one having trouble in school? Many children deal with academic struggles for far too long before discovering that they have a learning disability. Here in the West Bloomfield, Commerce Township, and Farmington Hills, MI, areas, our pediatricians want to make sure that learning disabilities are detected early on so we can provide immediate interventions to set them up for academic success.
What are the most common types of learning disabilities?
A learning disability makes it difficult for a child to understand, process, and retain information. While there are many issues that can impact learning, the most common types of learning disabilities that our West Bloomfield, MI, pediatricians see include:
Dyslexia: This disorder often involves mixing up the position of letters or words, as well as reading comprehension problems. Kids with dyslexia may also have delayed speech.
ADHD: A disorder that impacts a child’s ability to focus, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder may result in trouble sitting still, disruptive behavior, careless mistakes, and trouble paying attention in class.
Dysgraphia: This learning disability is also considered a neurological disorder and it impacts a child’s ability to write due to problems with fine motor skills and coordination. Kids with dysgraphia often have messy and illegible handwriting.
Dyscalculia: While a lot of kids may not love math, there are some kids that actually have a disorder that makes it difficult for them to process even basic math principles. Kids with dyscalculia may have trouble counting and have trouble with the order of operations.
What are the signs of a learning disability?
It usually isn’t until a child starts school that teachers and parents start to notice these red flags. Signs and symptoms of learning disabilities are vast and varied. Some signs include:
- Delayed speech
- Trouble expressing thoughts in a coherent way
- Trouble following simple instructions
- Difficulty learning new words
- The inability to recognize certain letters
- Issues memorizing numbers or the alphabet
- Acting impulsively
- Fidgeting and trouble sitting still
- Prone to emotional outbursts
- Easily distracted or often daydreaming
- Making careless mistakes
- Not listening when others are talking
- Increased irritability and tantrums
- Difficulty holding a pencil and other coordination issues
We want to make going to school a fun experience for your child. We understand the challenges that come with a learning disability and we are here to help. Our pediatricians provide comprehensive care to children and teens in the West Bloomfield, Commerce Township, and Farmington Hills, MI, communities. To schedule a consultation with us, call Orchard Pediatrics at (248) 855-7510.
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.
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.
How your pediatricians in West Bloomfield, MI, can help with childhood asthma
Childhood asthma can be scary for your child, and for you. Your pediatrician can help you and your child cope with asthma, so your child can live an active, happy life without the fear of an asthma attack. The pediatricians at Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield, MI, offer a full range of pediatric care services, including asthma treatment.
According to the Mayo Clinic, some of the most common symptoms of asthma include:
- Coughing and wheezing
- Problems breathing, especially during physical activity
- Tightness and discomfort in the chest
- Chronic, recurring bronchitis
For infants and very young children, you may notice these signs and symptoms:
- Slow feeding or eating and shortness of breath while eating
- Avoiding moving around or playing because of breathing problems
- Quickly tiring out, or coughing while being active
- Lingering illnesses like a cold or coughing
- Symptoms becoming worse at night
Asthma can be uncomfortable and annoying, and it can also potentially be life-threatening. An acute attack needs to be treated as an emergency and requires immediate treatment. An acute asthma episode can cause:
- Gasping and difficulty breathing
- Trouble speaking because of lack of breath
- Deep breathing which causes the abdomen to get sucked under the ribs
Your pediatrician can help childhood asthma with several effective treatments. Treatment begins with asthma testing to determine your child’s level of lung function. Common tests include spirometry and peak flow measurement to measure how well your child’s lungs function. Allergy testing may also be a part of initial treatment, because asthma is often triggered by allergies.
Underlying allergies may be treated by allergy shots or sublingual immunotherapy. Asthma is treated with a combination of medications including short-term rescue inhalers for acute symptoms, and long-term medications to help with breathing and lung function.
If your child has asthma, avoid cigarette smoke and environmental triggers, especially substances your child is allergic to. To find out more about childhood asthma symptoms and treatment, call the pediatricians at Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield, MI, today!