Despite millions of children being diagnosed with ADHD in the US, there are still a lot of misconceptions and inaccuracies regarding this childhood disorder. Whether one of our West Bloomfield, MI, pediatricians has already diagnosed your child with ADHD or you suspect that your child may have it, here are some things that every parent should know about this condition.
There are three classic ADHD symptoms
The main symptoms of ADHD are impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattentiveness. Children with ADHD do not need to display all three symptoms in order to be diagnosed with this condition. In fact, some children may only display one of these symptoms while other children may display all three. Just like other health problems, symptoms of ADHD will vary from child to child.
There are different types of ADHD
Just as there are three classic symptoms of ADHD there are also three main types:
- Predominantly inattentive: Children with this type of ADHD have a lot of difficulty concentrating, staying focused, and following instructions. They may also become disruptive in class.
- Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive: Just as the name suggests, children with this type of ADHD are both hyperactive and impulsive, meaning that they have trouble sitting still or waiting their turn; they are often disruptive in class and may have lots of excess energy. Children with this type of ADHD may also squirm and fidget a lot.
- Combined hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive: This is the most common type of ADHD and children with this type will display all three main symptoms. These children and teens will be disruptive, may be forgetful, have trouble concentrating and staying focused, may leave tasks incomplete, may make careless mistakes, and may exhibit above-average energy levels.
ADHD is a brain disorder
Studies have shown that people with ADHD have brains that are structurally different from those who do not. Therefore, it’s important to understand that your child can’t just get rid of their symptoms by trying harder and focusing more on schoolwork. ADHD also has a genetic component; therefore, parents who have ADHD are also more likely to have children with this disorder.
Your pediatrician can diagnose ADHD
Many of the symptoms of ADHD are also the result of other problems such as behavioral disorders, trauma, or anxiety. This is why it’s best to turn to our West Bloomfield, MI, children’s doctor for a definitive diagnosis. There are several factors that will need to be present in order to make a proper diagnosis, including:
- How long your child has been displaying symptoms
- The type of symptoms they are experiencing
- Whether these symptoms are impacting more than one environment (e.g. school; home; social interactions)
Concerned? Give us a call
Is your child displaying symptoms of ADHD? If so, call Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield, MI, today at (248) 855-7510 to let us know your concerns, and to schedule an evaluation for your child or teen.
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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!
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!
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We know that deciding what's best for your family can be confusing. To help you sort it all out, here are parents' frequently asked questions from The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) about cow's milk alternatives. Read more...
Milk provides protein, fat, calcium and Vitamin D. So what are the alternatives if your child doesn't like it or can't have dairy?
This chart shows how milk alternatives differ in the amount of protein, fat, calories and iron they provide. You can also use the calcium RDAs chart and "Sources of Calcium" foods list below to make sure your child is getting enough.
Sources of Calcium
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