What your pediatrician in Jacksonville wants you to know
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD, is a common condition affecting both children and adults. There are a lot of misconceptions about ADHD and your pediatrician wants you to know the facts. Dr. Alexandra Kostur at Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics in Jacksonville, FL wants to answer a few frequently asked questions about ADHD.
So, what is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD?
ADHD is a genetic developmental disorder leading to inability to stay on task, inattentiveness, and hyperactivity.
What causes ADHD?
Although genetics plays a major role in developing ADHD, there are other causes which may play a role in ADHD. Other potential factors include a low birth weight or premature delivery, or maternal health and medications used during pregnancy.
What are some signs and symptoms of ADHD?
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), common signs and symptoms of ADHD include:
- Difficulty paying attention
- Problems listening or concentrating
- Difficulty with organization
- Forgetting or losing things
- Daydreaming frequently
- Excessive talking
- Inability to stay still
- Squirming and fidgeting
- Frequently making mistakes
- Frequently taking risks
- Difficulty in social situations
How is ADHD diagnosed?
Your pediatrician will perform a complete medical examination including developmental testing. You as a parent, along with your child’s teacher and your child will be asked specific questions about behavior and difficulties learning or getting along with other children.
How is ADHD treated?
The most common treatment for ADHD is behavioral therapy for your child and behavioral management for you as a parent. Medications may also be prescribed along with dietary changes, including taking vitamins and decreasing sugar intake.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD can go undiagnosed, leading to decreased learning ability, poor performance in school, and difficulty forming relationships with other kids. It’s important to know what to look for and what to do if you suspect your child may have ADHD. Don’t worry because your pediatrician, Dr. Kostur is here to help, so call Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics in Jacksonville, FL today!