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By Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics
March 10, 2021
Category: Children's Health
Tags: ADHD  

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:

  • Medications
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Educational assistance and support
  • Parent education
  • Skills training
  • Counseling
  • 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.

By Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics
June 09, 2020
Category: Children's Health
Tags: ADHD  

How your pediatricians in Jacksonville, FL, can help if your child has ADHD

You want the best for your child, and that includes doing well in school. If your child is having trouble paying attention, it could be a sign of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, commonly called ADHD, a condition that can lead to problems even when your child becomes an adult.

Fortunately, your pediatrician can help diagnose and treat ADHD. The pediatricians at Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics in Jacksonville, FL, offer a wide range of pediatric services, including treatment for this condition.

So, how can you tell if your child might be suffering from ADHD? There are a few signs and symptoms for you to look for, including:

  • Squirming, fidgeting, or hand/foot-tapping
  • Inability to remain seated for extended periods
  • Running, climbing, or other activity at inappropriate times
  • Blurting out answers to questions and excessive talking
  • Difficulty or inability to focus on details/follow directions
  • Poor organizational skills
  • Frequently losing items
  • Frequently distracted or forgetful

The bottom line is, the main characteristics of ADHD are inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, according to the Child Development Institute.

Undiagnosed and untreated ADHD can have serious consequences which can affect your child’s ability to learn and function well later in life. These are just a few of the consequences your child may experience:

  • Poor grades
  • Bad behaviors
  • Difficulty keeping friends
  • Belligerent, aggressive behaviors
  • Mood swings, depression, and frustration
  • Emotional growth issues
  • Problems sleeping

ADHD is a developmental condition, and it can be managed and treated using a combination of different therapies. Your pediatrician may recommend:

  • Behavioral therapy, with both child and parent, to focus on minimizing inappropriate, destructive behaviors.
  • Lifestyle modifications, which may include dietary restrictions on sugar intake, as well as increasing vitamins, nutrients, and exercise.
  • Medication therapy, using medications that will improve brain function and increase focus.

You want the best for your child, and that’s important, especially if you think that your child may have ADHD. To learn more about the signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of ADHD, talk with the experts. Call the pediatricians of Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics in Jacksonville, FL, at (904) 446-9991. Call now!

By Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics
May 05, 2020
Category: Children's Health
Tags: ADHD  
ADHDParents want the best for their child, which is why check-ups and appointments with their pediatricians are so important. Yet your pediatrician isn’t just available for when your child is sick or has physical ailments. They can also help with mental and behavioral conditions, including the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. If your child struggles with focus, impulsivity, attention, or hyperactivity, schedule them for an evaluation. It’s also important to note that children must be at least four years old for a diagnosis.
 
The Three Facets of ADHD
There are three parts to pediatric ADHD: impulsivity, inattention, and hyperactivity. Each of them is signs and are necessary for a diagnosis. Here is some information about each of them.
 
Inattention: your child spends a lot of time daydreaming or not paying attention, struggles to listen, is easily distracted, makes careless mistakes, rarely finishes tasks, and is disorganized to the point of losing or forgetting important things. 
 
It’s important to understand that children with ADHD can pay attention, it’s just harder with topics that don’t interest them. They can tune out when tasks get repetitive. Working with them to organize their schoolwork and tasks is essential. Try to provide them with a quiet and calm environment to work in.
 
Impulsivity: your child can’t wait or acts without thinking, interrupts others, and has problems taking turns.
 
Children with ADHD have trouble with self-control, which leads to the impulsive characteristics mentioned above. They have a harder time censoring themselves. This results in them invading people's personal space or asking overly personal questions. Impulsivity problems also lead to moodiness and overreactions. 
 
Hyperactivity: your child seems to constantly be moving, without being able to sit still without squirming. They also talk too much and loudly, often playing in areas that aren’t permitted. 
 
It’s normal for younger children to have high energy levels. It’s only when your child seems to be constantly moving that it could be an issue with hyperactivity. When they do sit still, they are still moving. They may tap their fingers, shake their legs, or move their feet. 
 
Diagnosing ADHD
A diagnosis won’t happen right away. There are many steps in the process before an accurate understanding is available. Your pediatrician will most likely want statements from not just you and your child, but other caregivers and teachers. 

At the appointment with your child’s pediatrician, they’ll want you and others to fill out a questionnaire about your child’s behavior. Symptoms need to be present in multiple settings, like at home and school and cause issues at both. 
 
The criteria change depending on your child’s age, so it isn’t one-size-fits-all. Your pediatrician will work with you to get an accurate picture of your child’s situation. 
By Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics
May 28, 2019
Category: Children's Health
Tags: ADHD  

Is your child impulsive and inattentive to what you and his or her teachers say? Does your child's restlessness seem above and beyond what other kids his or her age exhibit? If so, you may wish to ask your Jacksonville pediatrician, Dr. Alexandra Kostur, about ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. At Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics, Dr. Kostur and nurse practitioners Lori Barnhart and Julie Stephens help you pinpoint this common syndrome and get the help your family needs.

The details on ADHD

It's a syndrome, or brain difference, which affects up to 11 percent of youngsters four to 17 years of age, states the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Boys with the diagnosis outnumber girls with ADHD by a ratio of three to one. In addition, adults may have ADHD, impacting their social and family relationships, professional performance and more.

What are the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? They are many and varied, including:

  • Impulsive, irrational actions
  • Inattentiveness to tasks, details and instructions
  • Poor concentration
  • Perceived laziness
  • Poor organizational skills
  • Forgetfulness
  • Inability to complete complex tasks
  • Excessive and disruptive activity and loud talking

The Attention Deficit Disorder Association says that ADHD has little to nothing to do with diet or brain injury. Rather, it likely is a difference in brain structure and neurotransmitter levels that is inherited. In other words, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder runs in families and lasts throughout life.
Can ADHD be managed?
Yes, this syndrome and its associated behaviors can be managed, and your Jacksonville pediatrician is a wonderful resource on how to do just that. Medication is sometimes a treatment option, along with strategies such as positive reinforcement, behavioral redirection and life coaching (meeting goals, organizational skills and more) can be applied effectively. Dr. Alexandra Kostur may also suggest behavioral therapy.
Find out more
At Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics, Dr. Kostur and her dedicated staff provide care for your child's physical, emotional, mental and behavioral needs. If you need help with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or other issues, please contact our office for a consultation. Call (904) 446-9991.

By Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics
January 08, 2018
Category: Pediatric Health
Tags: ADHD  

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 ofadhd 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!