Posts for: December, 2019
Does your child have a hard time sitting still? Do they seem to find it hard to pay attention at school or during activities, like watching a movie or playing a board game? Children who have ADHD show an ongoing pattern of a specific set of symptoms. If you are having trouble distinguishing between ADHD and usual child behavior, schedule a consultation with the doctors here at Pediatrics of Central Florida. We have three convenient locations in Orlando, St. Cloud, and Kissimmee that provide quality medical care your child deserves.
What is ADHD?
Inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity are common signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD. This neurodevelopment condition makes it difficult for children to inhibit their spontaneous responses, which can be very frustrating for the child and the parent if left untreated. Children with ADHD may appear disobedient, but that doesn't necessarily mean they are acting out on purpose. Children with ADHD who are distracted, although not overly excited, may appear to be spacey and unmotivated.
Signs and Symptoms of ADHD in Children
Children with ADHD often exhibit a combination of these behaviors:
- Do not listen when spoken to directly
- Have difficulty organizing tasks that require effort
- Become easily distracted by irrelevant thoughts, or stimuli
- Fail to follow through on instructions
To discuss additional causes and behaviors of ADHD, visit Pediatrics of Central Florida.
Treatment Options for ADHD
ADHD has no cure, but there are ways to manage this condition with medication. For instance, medicine can help decrease the signs and symptoms by enhancing attention and improving focus. A child does not outgrow this condition, and it can become even more challenging as they age. If your child is struggling with ADHD, our pediatricians can help them concentrate and succeed at all the things they love to do.
Having a child with ADHD can be overwhelming. If you suspect that your child has ADHD, consult with the team here at Pediatrics of Central Florida. We are equipped to handle all of your child's health needs, from routine checkups to immunizations. We have three convenient locations for our patients in Orlando, St. Cloud, and Kissimmee. To schedule an appointment with one of our pediatricians, visit our website or dial one of these numbers:
- Kissimmee, FL (407) 846-3455
- Orlando, FL (407) 857-2816
- Kissimmee, FL (407) 933-5985
- St. Cloud, FL (407) 891-0479
An ear infection is one of the most common infections that children have to deal with. In fact, most children will experience at least one ear infection by the time they are five years old. Of course, it’s important to understand the telltale signs of an ear infection, as well as know how to treat the infection and when you should turn to a pediatrician for care.
An ear infection isn’t contagious and usually isn’t a cause for concern; however, you will want to monitor your child’s symptoms to make sure problems aren’t getting worse or don’t warrant seeing a doctor. In many instances, a child may develop an ear infection after they’ve had a cold.
Signs and Symptoms of an Ear Infection
So, how will you know if your child has an ear infection? Children who are old enough to talk will certainly be able to let you know that they are experiencing an earache or pain; however, a baby or toddler won’t be able to tell you that they are experiencing an earache. Therefore, signs that your baby might have an ear infection include:
- Increased fussiness
- A fever
- Pulling at the ears
- Crying or tantrums, particularly when lying down
- Having difficulty hearing noises or not responding to sounds
- Fluid draining from the ears
So, when should you wait out an infection and when should you call a pediatrician? You should give your child’s doctor a call if they have an ear infection and they are also experiencing:
- A rash
- Difficulty hearing
- Ear swelling
You should also turn to a doctor for care if your child:
- Has an ear infection and they are under 6 months old
- Is in significant pain or still experiences pain after two days of taking ibuprofen
- Also has other serious health problems
How is an ear infection treated?
In most cases an ear infection will go away on its own. If your child isn’t in significant pain and they don’t have a high fever your pediatrician may tell you to wait a couple of days to see if symptoms improve. If symptoms remain or get worse then you should bring them back to the doctor’s office.
While antibiotics are not normally prescribed to treat an ear infection they may be used if your child has a very high fever, is in significant pain or if their ear infection hasn’t improved within 48 hours. It’s important not to give your child any over-the-counter medications without first talking with your pediatrician.
Having healthy, happy children begins with a healthy diet. We know that in this day and age life gets pretty hectic and it isn’t always easy to eat right; however, for the health of your family it is important to make healthy eating habits part of your daily routine. The earlier in life that healthy eating habits are adopted by your children the easier it will be to keep them on this path to making smarter and healthier choices regarding their diet.
Of course, when you aren’t sure whether your child is getting the nutrients they need or you have questions or concerns about your child’s health a pediatrician can provide you with invaluable advice, insight and recommendations.
Maintaining a Healthy Diet for Your Children
A healthy diet is based on eating whole, nutrient-dense foods from each of the main food groups. This means getting a good balance of lean proteins, low-fat dairy, fruits and vegetables, and whole grains. It’s important to change up food options to make eating healthy more exciting. A healthy diet also means avoiding processed foods, sugar, trans fat and vegetable oils. Moderation is key. While your child shouldn’t be drinking sodas or eating baked goods every day, having a treat every once in a while certainly won’t hurt them and could keep them from binging on these treats when they are available.
Keeping Your Kids Healthy
Along with eating healthy it’s important that your children are also getting regular physical activity. This may come in the form of school or community sports. Kids and teens should get at least one hour or more of moderate to intense physical activity everyday, toddlers should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity and play every day and preschoolers should get at least 120 minutes of activity a day.
Of course, in order to keep your child’s energy levels up and their body ready for activity, they must be eating right. If you are concerned about your child’s diet or if you need to schedule their annual physical exam before sports season begins don’t hesitate to turn to your children’s doctor for screenings, checkups, and dietary advice and recommendations.
It doesn’t have to be confusing or difficult to ensure that your child is getting all the proper vitamins and nutrients they need through diet. If you are experiencing challenges getting your kids on board with a healthy lifestyle this is where your pediatrician can help. Call them today to schedule a consultation or to book your child’s next routine checkup.