Could your child have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? The disorder has been diagnosed in more than 6 million children in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A visit to your child's Moline, IL, pediatricians, Drs. Nafees Khan and David Bunker, is the first step in determining if your son or daughter has ADHD.
What is the difference between ADD and ADHD?
Attention-deficit disorder (ADD) and ADHD are the same disorder. The name was changed to ADHD in the late 1980s, but it's taken a while for the new name to achieve acceptance among the general public.
What are the signs and symptoms of ADHD?
Children who have ADHD may find it difficult to sit still for even short periods of time, which can make school a challenge. When these children are forced to remain in their seats, they may fidget and squirm constantly.
Although the word "hyperactive" is included in the title of the disorder, a child may have ADHD even if he or she doesn't display any signs of hyperactivity. Other symptoms of ADHD may include:
- Difficulty Paying Attention: Daydreaming can be a problem with kids who have ADHD, particularly if they're bored at school.
- Impulse Control Difficulties: Taking turns and waiting in line can be very difficult for some children who have the disorder. Other signs of impulse control problems can include aggressive behavior, inappropriate comments, trouble following rules or acting out.
- Constant Chatter: Does your child receive frequent warnings about talking in class? Kids who have ADHD may find it difficult to remain silent for even a few minutes.
- Homework Issues: Your child may lose homework, fail to complete it, or even forget to turn in completed work.
What treatment options are available for ADHD in the Moline area?
Medication isn't the only option if your son or daughter is diagnosed with ADHD. In fact, behavioral therapy can be very beneficial and provide your child with coping skills and strategies that make following the rules at school and home much easier. Joining a social skills group may also be a good option if your child has difficulty making or keeping friends due to ADHD. Medication is usually only recommended if these options aren't helpful.
Have you noticed any of these common ADHD signs? Call Drs. Khan and Bunker, your child's pediatricians in Moline, IL, at (309) 762-0777 to schedule an appointment.