There are many ways in which to manage your child’s ADHD symptoms.
Has one of our Moline, IL, pediatricians, Dr. Nafees Khan or Dr. David Bunker, recently diagnosed your little one with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)? If so, you may have a lot of questions and concerns regarding their new diagnosis. One of the first things parents have to consider is the best treatment options to help their children better manage their day-to-day symptoms. Here are just some of the ADHD treatments to consider,
In most cases, our Moline children’s doctor will talk to you about the different kinds of medications available and help you decide the right one of your child. While some patients may not relish the idea of putting their child on medication to manage their ADHD, it’s important to understand that this is one of the most effective treatment options available. Once we determine the right medication for your child, you’ll be able to see an improvement in their symptoms.
Of course, medication isn’t the only way to treat ADHD symptoms and, in fact, it shouldn’t be the only option. Incorporating other treatment options along with medication can actually be far more effective than just using medication alone.
While ADHD medication works to alter the chemicals in the brain, behavioral therapy is the best way to handle certain behaviors that cause issues for your child, whether at home or at school. By identifying these negative behaviors and providing a reinforcement and reward system through therapy we can help reduce these unwanted behaviors and start promoting healthier ones that will make social, personal and school life more rewarding and enjoyable for your child.
Of course, there are other types of therapies including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that may work better for your little one. Our Moline doctors will be able to better assess which type of therapy will yield the best results based on your child’s own needs.
Did you know there are actually simple approaches you can take everyday that can help lessen your child’s symptoms? Alternative therapies such as meditation, as well as exercise and diet can significantly impact their health. Make sure they are getting regular exercise, which is great for both the mind and the body, and that they are getting a balanced and healthy diet.
We know you may have questions about caring for your child’s ADHD and you should have a pediatric team on your side to answer questions, assuage concerns and provide the care and support your whole family needs. Call Franklin Pediatrics in Moline, IL, today.