Are you concerned that your child’s poor concentration or issues in school stem from ADHD?
It’s not all that unusual for children to seem off in their own little world every once in a while or become fidgety when they have to sit still but a child who has ADHD may have these issues more often. It may interfere with their schoolwork. They may even have significant challenges at home. If these scenarios are what you and your child are currently dealing with then it’s time to find out more about ADHD and how our pediatricians in the Quad Cities, Dr. Nafees Khan and Dr. David Bunker, can help your little one manage their symptoms.
There are three main traits of ADHD: Hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention. Signs and symptoms will differ a bit between children, particularly with what trait tends to be the most dominate. Some kids may be more impulsive but can focus better than other children with ADHD.
Children with ADHD who are inattentive have trouble staying on task or staying focused. It’s easy for them to get distracted by other things, particularly if the task at hand is boring to them. They may have trouble following directions or planning ahead. They often seem forgetful and lose things like toys or homework.
This trait is characterized by intense fidgeting and the inability to sit still. A child that is hyperactive will always seem like they are constantly on the go. They don’t seem to sit in one place. They may run around all the time or talk excessively.
A child that exhibits impulsivity may find it difficult to wait their turn. They may be quick to disrupt people who are having a conversation or be unable to wait in line. They may even have trouble understanding another person’s personal space. An impulsive child may have trouble showing patience.
If our children’s doctors in the Quad Cities determine that your child has ADHD, there are many ways to manage their symptoms to make their personal and school life easier and more successful. Here are some simple everyday measures:
- Eating healthy, balanced meals
- Exercising regularly
- Getting on a healthy sleep schedule
- Teaching your child to make friends
- Establishing rules and clear goals, particularly with homework and chores
We are happy to discuss behavioral interventions that will be most successful for your child. Sometimes prescription medication will be combined with behavioral interventions to better manage their ADHD symptoms.
Is your child displaying symptoms of ADHD? If so, then it’s time to schedule an evaluation with Franklin Pediatrics in the Quad Cities. We are here for you and your little one.