How to Recognize ADD and ADHD in Children

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It is completely normal for young child to have a short attention span, which is especially true for toddlers as there’s always something new in their environment to learn about. But when children grow older and still show a difficulty focusing and maintaining behavior, it could point to underlying conditions such as ADHD or ADD. There are a variety of versions for both conditions, so it’s best to have your child seen by a pediatrician to provide the best solution, which we can do at Village Pediatrics in Plano, Tx.

Learn more about ADHD and ADD conditions, and how we can help.

Conditions

ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a neurological condition found to be common in children that can also follow them into adulthood. This condition has extensive criteria, but typically affects children’s attention span, impulse behavior, and hyperactivity.

Signs of ADHD can include:

  • Difficultly focusing on tasks at school or home
  • Easily frustrated by hard or long tasks
  • Fidgeting body movements, unable to stay seated in class
  • Lack of attention to detail
  • Struggles to manage behavior at home or school
  • Extreme disorganization

It’s important to note that ADHD affects more than just learning and behavior, it can lead to a harder life throughout childhood if left untreated. Children with ADHD can also suffer from low self-esteem, be more prone to accidents, find it hard to be accepted by peers, struggle in social settings, and more.

ADD

Attention deficit disorder is very similar to ADHD and the two conditions are often associated with each other. Although ADD is considered to have a lesser impact on hyperactivity, ADD can still affect daily functions making it extremely hard to remain focused, concentrate on school work, follow instructions and can cause distress when working on difficult tasks.

Treatment options

Both conditions can strain your child’s performance at school and home, while also posing a challenge to build and maintain social relationships. But be assured that there are various solutions available. ADD and ADHD can be treated by visiting with a pediatrician who can properly diagnosis them and identify the best method of treatment. Generally treatment options for children may include medications, counseling resources or behavior therapy. A pediatrician might even suggest natural solutions for the child such as dietary supplements, adjusting the sleep schedule or alterations to the diet.

These conditions not only influence the way a child functions at home or school, but can also make it difficult to build and maintain social relationships. If you or your child’s school have been monitoring their daily functions, and suspect they have symptoms of ADHD or ADD, please contact our office to schedule an appointment today.

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