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By 7 DAYS PEDIATRICS
May 04, 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 7 DAYS PEDIATRICS
May 01, 2019
Category: Pediatric Care
Tags: ADHD  

Worried that your child’s daydreaming and lack of focus could actually be ADHD?

Hyperactivity and trouble staying focused can be telltale signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in your child. If you suspect that ADHDyour little one might have ADHD, it’s important that you turn to our Edison and South Plainfield, NJ, pediatricians as soon as possible for an evaluation. But first, it’s important to know what behaviors and patterns to look for first. Does your child,

  • Have trouble listening to instructions or paying attention in class?
  • Make careless mistakes?
  • Often have trouble staying focused or on task?
  • Often jump from one thing to the next but never completes anything?
  • Have trouble staying organized?
  • Frequently lose items like toys, homework, or books?
  • Often seem like they are daydreaming or not listening?
  • Seem easily distracted?

If you said “yes” to several of these statements, then your child may be displaying one of the classic signs of ADHD: inattentiveness.

Some children with ADHD may also display symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Here are some additional questions to consider. Does your child,

  • Have trouble sitting still?
  • Often squirm around in their seat or fidget?
  • Talk excessively or interrupt others?
  • Have trouble staying quiet or joining in on quiet activities?
  • Have trouble waiting their turn?
  • Blurt out answers in class without waiting to be called on?

It’s important to recognize that these behaviors should be present in all environments, not just at home or at school. These behaviors may also affect your child’s relationships and ability to socialize. If you have been noticing these issues for a few months, then it might be time to have your child evaluated for ADHD by one of our children’s doctors in Edison or South Plainfield, NJ.

If your child does have ADHD, it’s important that they get treated as soon as possible, so that we can help them better manage their symptoms and improve both their home and school life. After all, children don’t outgrow ADHD, but by getting them the therapy and medication they need early on, we can make it easy for them to grow up and adjust well to any environment.

If your child is falling behind in school or you’re having trouble with your child at home because of any of the behavioral issues above then it’s time to call (732) 538-3210 to schedule an ADHD screening at 7 Days Pediatrics in Edison, NJ, or South Plainfield, NJ.

By 7 Days Pediatrics
September 13, 2017
Category: Pediatric Care
Tags: ADHD  

We all want the best for our children. It’s only natural to hope your child succeeds in school, enjoys social activities and leads a happy life. Yet, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can prevent that from happening. The three main symptoms of ADHD are:

  • Inattention ­- The child has a hard time paying attention. They are easily distracted, often daydream, and are not very organized.
  • Hyperactivity - The child can’t sit still, has a hard time staying seated, and talks without stopping.
  • Impulsivity ­- The child appears rude, interrupts when others are talking, is impatient, and acts without thinking.

Don’t All Kids Act That Way?

Yes, all children behave this way from time to time. This is normal, and not cause for alarm. When a child has ADHD, however, this behavior pattern happens more often, is more severe and it gets in the way of leading a normal life. Sometimes children can go through a phase that resembles this disorder. Other times behavior modification can correct the issue

When to See a Doctor

Since many children do behave in ways that are similar to a child who has ADHD, you will need professional help to make certain they have the disorder. A pediatrician will put the child through a series of tests. The doctor will also get information from your child’s school and daycare. Your child will get a physical examination to rule out anything that might be causing the behavior.

ADHD is Not an Imaginary Disorder

There are still people that believe ADHD is an imaginary condition used to explain an unruly child. If you have any doubts at all, you can talk with any elementary school teacher to hear the truth. If they have taught for more than a year, they have most likely worked with students who have ADHD. The teacher can tell you first hand the dramatic difference that is made when a child with ADHD begins getting the treatment they need.

Don’t rely on anyone other than a medical professional to determine whether your child has ADHD or not. Getting the help of a pediatrician can only lead to a better outcome and a happier outlook for your child!