How your pediatrician in Brookfield and Addison, IL, can help with ADHD
If your child loses things, doesn’t listen, or doesn’t complete tasks, these could be normal developmental stages like boundary testing, and showing independence. They could also be signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, commonly known as ADHD.
Dr. Walter Perez at A to Z Pediatric And Youth Healthcare provides a wide range of children’s medical services, including diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. He has two convenient office locations in Brookfield, and Addison, IL, to help you and your child.
Like most parents, you may have some questions about ADHD. These are some of the frequently asked questions and answers about ADHD.
What is ADHD?
ADHD is a developmental and behavioral disorder for which treatment should be initiated.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of ADHD?
According to the Child Development Institute, these are some of the most common signs and symptoms of ADHD:
- Difficulty remaining still for an extended period
- Frequently squirming or fidgeting
- Problems getting and staying organized
- Frequently forgetting or losing things
- Frequently not listening or following directions
- Problems paying attention to details
- Excessive talking or blurting out comments
- Inappropriate running or climbing
Does ADHD Need To Be Treated?
Untreated ADHD can set your child up for problems which can continue when your child grows into an adult. Some of the potential consequences of untreated ADHD include:
- Problems learning and poor grades
- Poor performance at school or work
- Destructive, aggressive behaviors
- Problems forming friendships
- Problems having relationships
- Severe mood swings and depression
- Sleep disorders and insomnia
How Is ADHD Treated?
Your pediatrician may treat ADHD using several methods, including;
- Medication therapy, to increase brain function, enhance ability to focus, and increase self-control
- Behavioral therapy with both child and parents, focusing on education and techniques to limit inappropriate behaviors
- Lifestyle modifications, including increasing vitamin and nutrient intake and decreasing sugar intake. Increased activity is also recommended
To discover more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of ADHD, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Walter Perez at A to Z Pediatric And Youth Healthcare. You can reach him in the Brookfield, IL, office by calling (708) 905-5993, or in Addison, IL, by calling (630) 757-4010, so call today.