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By Pediatrics of Central Florida
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 Pediatrics of Central Florida
December 23, 2019
Category: Pediatric
Tags: ADHD  

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.

Contact Us

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