Does your child have trouble staying quiet or waiting for their turn? For young children who have problems managing their behavior, it can be tough on both them and you as a parent. If you suspect that your child has ADHD, this is a clinical condition that requires attention at a young age. Fortunately, here at Southwest Dental Clinic in West Jordan, UT, we can examine your child's behavior, determine if ADHD is present, and discuss treatment options—read on to learn more
Signs Your Child May Have ADHD
A person with ADHD experiences changes in their brain development and brain activity that affect attention, self-control, and the ability to sit still. Signs are often detected in children as young as three, and symptoms can begin before the age of 12. ADHD manifests differently depending on the individual, but you know your child better than anyone, and you will likely notice if something seems off. Although all kids can at some times be impulsive or hyperactive, a child with ADHD frequently:
- Have a lack of focus
- Become easily distracted
- Have difficulty following through with tasks
- Struggle to follow instructions or pay attention to details
How Does a Pediatrician Diagnose ADHD?
At our West Jordan office, the pediatric staff diagnoses ADHD using a formal assessment. ADHD has three distinct sub-types that include hyperactive, inattentive, and combined. During your child's check-up, we will evaluate them as they age, and ask you questions about their development. They will also address specific concerns you may have and develop a treatment plan that will help them thrive in all aspects of life.
Is There Treatment For ADHD?
As your child ages, hyperactivity decreases, and they usually won't meet the criteria for ADHD in adulthood. Children who have severe symptoms at a young age are more likely to face challenges during adolescence. Impulsivity and inattention can become a primary problem for schoolwork and can also lead to risky behaviors. Our West Jordan, UT, pediatric staff may prescribe medications to reduce symptoms of ADHD, in addition to cognitive behavioral therapy, to help them develop coping skills.
Schedule a Check-Up Today
If your child has ADHD, we can address your questions and concerns during a routine check-up at our West Jordan office. To learn more about the services provided, visit our website. For appointment scheduling, please call (801) 563-1975.