Is your child simply daydreaming or could they have ADHD?
It seems like more and more children are being diagnosed with ADHD these days. So much so that you may be concerned when you notice your child having trouble paying attention or seeming a bit flighty. Most kids’ attention spans are going to be short. There are also going to be moments where they bounce off the walls. These moments don’t necessarily mean your child has ADHD. Have questions about ADHD? Our Jacksonville, FL, pediatricians Dr. Alexandra Kostur, and Dr. Roman Criollo are happy to answer all of your questions.
What are the warning signs?
Symptoms of ADHD will vary from child to child, making it difficult for parents to tell whether these are just typical behaviors or whether these are signs of ADHD. A child with ADHD may be more likely to:
- Make careless mistakes with homework
- Misplace and lose items frequently
- Fidget, rock, and have trouble sitting still
- Have trouble waiting their turn
- Be prone to outbursts and cutting in on conversations
- Daydream and space out
- Have trouble playing quietly
Are ADD and ADHD different?
We know that this can be a bit confusing when you see ADHD and ADD being used (sometimes interchangeably). ADD was the original term for this disorder, but it changed to ADHD in the mid-90s. Now, any child with symptoms of attention deficit disorder is diagnosed with ADHD (not ADD). However, this does not mean that a child has to display symptoms of hyperactivity in order to be diagnosed with ADHD.
How is ADHD diagnosed?
If you suspect that your child might have ADHD, the best thing you can do is to talk with our Jacksonville, FL, pediatricians. When your child comes into the office, we can evaluate their behaviors to see if they are displaying signs of ADHD.
There is no one test that is used to diagnose childhood ADHD, but rather a series of evaluations that need to show that your child experiences several of the symptoms, that they have been happening for months on end, and that they impact their academic, social, and emotional wellbeing. We can also work together with your child’s psychologist or counselor to provide a definitive diagnosis.
How is ADHD treated?
Most people assume that the only way to treat ADHD is with medication, but our pediatricians will map out a comprehensive treatment plan that provides a variety of interventions and strategies to not just manage your child’s symptoms but also to set them up for academic and social success. Every child’s needs are different. Some of the treatment options we provide include:
- Behavioral therapy
- Educational assistance and support
- Parent education
- Skills training
- Support groups
- Lifestyle changes (e.g., dietary changes, regular physical activity, practicing good sleep hygiene)
If you are concerned that your child could have ADHD, the first person you should turn to is your Jacksonville, FL, pediatrician. We can evaluate your child’s behaviors and provide you with the next steps if we suspect that ADHD could be a possibility. To schedule an evaluation with our pediatricians, call Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics today at (904) 446-9991.