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By Orchard Pediatrics, PC
April 20, 2020
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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. 

By contactus@orchardpediatrics.com
January 16, 2020
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Save your dollars!!  For colds, coughs, and sore throats, Great Grandma's remedies are still the safest and most effective.  We know how tempting it is to use over-the-counter medications that promise instant relief for colds and coughs.  But these medications have limited, temporary effectiveness at best, and all have potential side effects - some serious - especially in kids.  There are plenty of safer alternatives that actually offer comfort and can help everyone get more sleep!

What to use instead:  Acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil), Nasal Saline, chicken soup, clear fluids, popsicles, honey (over 12 months of age), steam, hard candies (if past choking age), suckers.

Read what the American Academy of Pediatrics has to say:

Coughs and Colds: Medicines or Home Remedies?

Read more from the Mayo Clinic:

Cold remedies: What works, what doesn't, what can't hurt

 

 

By contactus@orchardpediatrics.com
November 27, 2019
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It's dark outside. The weather looks ominous.  Everyone has a cold.  We're too busy.  We're stressed.  How can we say "Happy Thanksgiving" and mean it?  Here are two great ways:

1.  We're serious about silliness!!  Check out this great article from Motherly

2.  Gratitude is good for your health!!  Here are some tips on how to teach it!

By contactus@orchardpediatrics.com
November 10, 2019
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Yikes!  Just saw the weather forecast for this week.  Yes, it feels way too early to pull out the winter gear!  But it's always less stressful and more fun when we're prepared for it.  Now let's enjoy some fresh air and exercise!

Here are the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for winter clothing and outside activity safety. 

Click here for the chart below.  You can use it to decide if your baby or older child will be comfortable and safe outside when it's cold.

 

 

By contactus@orchardpediatrics.com
August 26, 2019
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It's that time of year again with all of it's mixed emotions.  We hope everyone has a smooth transition back to the school-year routine and a school year filled with learning and growing.  

Remember to get enough sleep and find some downtime as the year gets rolling!

Here are some links about back-to-school concerns you may want to check out or share!!

Back to School Tips: Making the First Day Easier

School Avoidance:  Tips for concerned parents

Back to School:  Battling the Butterflies

Help Your Child Get Organized

stopbullying.gov What Kids Can Do

P.S.:  We'll send a Mail Chimp to let you know when Influenza Vaccines are available!