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By Southwest Children's Clinic
November 02, 2022
Tags: adhd  

It’s normal for children to act out. You want your child to test boundaries and show independence, which are both normal milestones in a child’s development. If your child is demonstrating inattentiveness, fidgeting, not listening, and other behaviors on a regular basis, your child could have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD.

The Child Development Institute lists the characteristics of ADHD as:

  • Inattention
  • Hyperactivity
  • Impulsivity

These characteristics can contribute to some noticeable signs and symptoms, including:

  • Repetitive motions, like clapping hands
  • Continuous fidgeting and squirming
  • Inability to remain seated for an extended period of time
  • Running or climbing at inappropriate times
  • Excessive talking and blurting out comments
  • Inability to focus on details
  • Problems listening and following directions
  • Difficulty getting and staying organized
  • Frequently losing or forgetting things

ADHD can be difficult to recognize and can easily go untreated, which is why an ADHD screening from your pediatrician is so important. Your pediatrician has effective screening tools to help identify ADHD. If your child has ADHD, there are several therapies your pediatrician may recommend, including:

Behavioral Therapy, which involves both child and parents; this type of therapy can help establish techniques to limit destructive, aggressive, and inappropriate behaviors.

Lifestyle Modification, which involves dietary and exercise alterations; sugar intake is reduced, and vitamin and nutrient intake is increased. Exercise is increased, to help focus on healthy behaviors.

Medication Therapy, which involves using medications to increase focus, improve brain function, and increase self-control. Medications may include Adderall and Ritalin, among others.

If ADHD goes untreated, it can lead to problems when your child becomes an adult. Some of the ways ADHD can affect an adult include:

  • Destructive and harmful behaviors
  • Poor grades in school
  • Poor performance at work
  • Inability to form friendships
  • Aggressive, belligerent behaviors
  • Moodiness, depression, and frustration
  • Physical growth issues
  • Difficulty sleeping

If you are worried about your child having ADHD, you need to consult with your pediatrician. An ADHD screening is easy, and can help identify ADHD, so it can be treated. To find out more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of ADHD, call your pediatrician today.

By Southwest Children's Clinic
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 Southwest Children's Clinic
December 27, 2019
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: adhd  

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:

  • Fidget
  • 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.

By Southwest Children's Clinic
October 10, 2017
Category: Children's Health
Tags: adhd  

Are your child’s outbursts and attention issues the result of ADD or ADHD?adhd

While it’s normal for children to act out, misbehave or have difficulty concentrating at times, if these are issues that show up rather regularly then you may be wondering whether this is just a personality trait or if it could actually be characteristic of ADHD. Our West Jordan pediatricians are here to tell you more about ADHD and how it is treated.

What are the signs of ADHD?

First, it’s important that you are able to distinguish between a child’s occasional daydreaming and forgetfulness and classic symptoms of ADHD. ADHD, known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (and formerly known as ADD), can appear in different forms.

One child with ADHD may be fidgety and unable to sit still or concentrate while another child with ADHD may end up daydreaming through much of class and not listen to anything that the teacher is saying. Other children with ADHD may be both inattentive and also hyperactive.

The signs often appear before a child is seven years old. Of course, it is normal for younger children to have trouble paying attention or even sitting still. However, if they are old enough to understand and learn these habits but they are still facing challenges with these behaviors then it might be time to talk to our West Jordan, UT, children’s doctors about whether your little one might have ADHD.

How is ADHD treated?

There are a few different ways to handle ADHD in children and we can talk to you about the different options so we can choose the treatment or treatments that work best for them. In most cases, a prescription-strength stimulant like Adderall is typically prescribed to help a child stay focused. Of course, it’s important to note that medication can only solve some of the issues but isn’t the only way to improve ADHD symptoms.

Other ways to help reduce ADHD symptoms include:

  • Regular exercise
  • A healthy, balanced diet
  • Quality sleep
  • Behavioral therapy

We can provide you with a variety of ways to help positively reinforce good behaviors in your little one and ways to reduce problematic behaviors. Just remember that patience and consistency are key to change.

If your child is displaying symptoms of ADHD then it’s time you got an evaluation from a pediatrician you can trust. Call Southwest Children's Clinic in West Jordan, UT, today.

By Southwest Children's Clinic
January 07, 2016
Category: Children's Health
Tags: adhd  

Studies have shown that about 11% of school-aged children live with ADD and ADHD. This common condition can be a scary diagnosis for your child at first. However, it is actually quite common and treatable. With help from your pediatrician at Southwest Children’s Clinic in ADDWest Jordan, UT, you can understand this condition and learn which treatment option is best for your situation.

What is ADD/ADHD? 
Attention deficit disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are essentially one in the same. ADD is considered to be an outdated term, and both names are commonly used interchangeably. ADD/ADHD is more common in children than adults. Diagnosis includes the patient meeting all or most of the symptoms of ADD/ADHD consistently for six months in different settings. The diagnoses can be one of three subtypes: Primarily Inattentive, Primarily Hyperactive or Combined. Treatment depends on the subtype diagnoses.

What are the symptoms of ADD/ADHD? 
The symptoms for ADD/ADHD in children include:

  • hyperactivity
  • impulsive behavior
  • inattentive nature
  • constantly in motion
  • misplaces things often
  • difficulty finishing tasks
  • careless mistakes
  • constantly squirming or fidgeting
  • having “selective hearing” or not always listening

What are the treatments for ADD/ADHD? 
Treatments for ADHD include more than just taking medication. Exercise is one of the most effective ways to help treat symptoms of ADD/ADHD. Playing outside for 30 minutes a day is highly recommended to quell symptoms. This boosts the brain’s levels of certain chemicals, affecting focus and attention. Getting enough sleep is also important in treating ADD/ADHD. Patients should have a steady bedtime with no distractions, such as TVs or computers. Sleep or sound machines are helpful as well. Behavioral therapy has proven to be highly effective as a co-treatment alongside medication and may help reduce the overall dosage of medicine required.

Consistency is important when treating ADD/ADHD. For more information on ADD/ADHD, please contact Southwest Children’s Clinic in West Jordan, UT. Call (801) 563-1975 to speak with an associate about scheduling an appointment today!