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Symptoms of ADHD in Children

What your developmental pediatrician in Oakhurst wants you to know

If you’ve noticed your child has trouble concentrating or completing tasks, it’s easy to assume it’s just part of your child’s personality. The adhdtruth is it could be a treatable condition. Your child could be exhibiting signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, commonly known as ADHD.

Dr. Alison Smoller at Developmental Pediatrics of Central Jersey in Oakhurst, NJ wants to share the signs and symptoms of ADHD. She proudly serves patients from all over the state of New Jersey including Pennsylvania, and she can help you and your child.

According to the Child Development Institute, the main characteristics of ADHD include inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. These characteristics can show up in many different ways, including:

  • Fidgeting, squirming or tapping hands and feet
  • Inability to remain seated for long periods of time
  • Inappropriately running, climbing or other activities
  • Excessively talking and blurting out answers to questions
  • Inability to focus on details
  • Difficulty listening and following directions
  • Poor organizational skills
  • Frequently losing items
  • Easily distracted and forgetful

If your child does have ADHD, it can dramatically affect many aspects of your child’s life including learning, socialization and behavior. Your child may exhibit:

  • Destructive behaviors
  • Poor grades
  • Inability to form friendships
  • Aggressive, belligerent behaviors
  • Moodiness, depression, and frustration
  • Physical growth issues
  • Difficulty sleeping

ADHD is a developmental disorder that can be effectively managed and treated using a combination of therapies including:

  • Behavioral therapy, involving both child and parents; this therapy focuses on techniques to minimize destructive, aggressive and inappropriate behaviors.
  • Lifestyle modification, including diet (limiting sugar, increasing vitamins and nutrients), and exercise
  • Medication therapy, using medications to increase focus, improve brain function, and increase self-control; common medications include Adderall and Ritalin, among others.

If your child is displaying the signs and symptoms of ADHD, it’s time to take action while your child is still young. Early treatment of ADHD can result in a much better treatment outcome and less likelihood of problems as an adult. It’s time to call Dr. Alison Smoller at Developmental Pediatrics of Central Jersey. She proudly serves patients from all over the state of New Jersey including Pennsylvania. Don’t wait, call today!

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