Have questions about ADHD and your child? We have the answers you need.
When is your child’s daydreaming and inattentiveness a problem? If they seem unfocused and it’s affecting their school, home and social life then you may be wondering whether they are dealing with ADHD. Our pediatrician Dr. Livania Zavala-Spinetti evaluates, diagnoses and treats ADHD in children and teens here in McAllen, TX. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding childhood ADHD,
What are the warning signs of ADHD in children?
ADHD symptoms fall under three categories: impulsivity, hyperactivity and inattentiveness. Common warning signs include,
- Making careless mistakes on their homework or tests
- Having trouble finishing tasks (jumping from one thing to the next)
- Fidgeting and an inability to sit still (may cut in front of the line or blurt out answers instead of raising their hand)
- Loses things easily
- Doesn’t seem to be listening (may seem like they are spaced out or daydreaming)
- May have trouble playing quietly
But my child isn’t hyperactive. Can they still have ADHD?
Absolutely. Most people picture kids with ADHD bouncing off the walls with unlimited energy, but this isn’t always the case. As we mentioned, all three of the classic ADHD symptoms do not have to be present in a child in order for them to truly have ADHD. Your child may display one, two or all three of these classic symptoms, and this will vary from child to child.
When do ADHD symptoms often appear?
While children around 4 years old can be diagnosed, most children don’t receive a proper diagnosis until they’ve started school. This is usually when teachers report certain behaviors or habits regarding impulsivity, hyperactive or inattentiveness that may be worth see a medical professional for an evaluation.
How is ADHD diagnosed?
Since there isn’t a single test used to diagnose ADHD, your child will need to visit a pediatrician for a comprehensive evaluation. Our McAllen, TX, pediatrician has spent years providing the best ADHD evaluations and care to children of all ages. In order to diagnosis ADHD we have to rule out other possible causes, as well as go through various assessments on their behaviors, academic and social functioning.
How is ADHD treated?
ADHD treatment plans typically offer a variety of options including behavior modification, counseling and special educational services. Some children may also benefit from medications designed to help them focus; however, medication should be coupled with other therapies and interventions to provide long-term success.
If you are looking for the best pediatrician in McAllen and Edinburg, TX, to evaluate or treat your child’s ADHD then call Edinburg Children’s Clinic today at (956) 331-6063 or (956) 682-4500 to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment.