Board Certified Pediatricians located in Lapeer, MI
In the United States, around 5% of children have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), reports the American Psychiatric Association. At Lapeer Pediatrics in Lapeer, Michigan, the dedicated team, led by Mohammad Al-Harastani, MD, FAAP, and Sami Al-Harastani, MD, offers proven treatment of children and adolescents suffering from ADHD. The experts know that every individual is unique and deserves highly individualized medical care and support. From lifestyle changes to medications and other effective coping tools and strategies, learn more about ADHD and get top-notch care from Lapeer Pediatrics. Click the online scheduler or call today.
What is ADHD?
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health condition affecting focus, self-control, and other important life skills. ADHD is characterized as a brain disorder. ADHD involves a continuous pattern of impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattention that affects normal functioning and daily life.
ADHD can happen at any age, but it’s more common in children and teenagers.
What are the symptoms of ADHD?
Many children with ADHD are easily distracted, fidgety, and impulsive. Some of the most common ADHD symptoms include:
- Excessive talking
- Difficulty sitting still (fidgeting)
Some children with ADHD have difficulty with certain functions and skills like:
- Organizing, planning, and preparing
- Managing emotions
- Thinking flexibly
Children dealing with ADHD might also have trouble finishing tasks, paying close attention to detail, and following instructions or conversations. All of these lead to learning problems.
What causes ADHD?
The exact cause of ADHD isn’t always clear, but many experts point to differences in brain anatomy. Several things could be involved in a child developing ADHD, including:
- Alcohol use, cigarette smoking, and drug use during pregnancy
- Low birth weight
- Brain injuries
- Premature delivery
Exposure to environmental toxins in utero and at a young age might also play a role in developing ADHD.
How is ADHD treated?
After a comprehensive evaluation at Lapeer Pediatrics, your child’s pediatrician creates a customized treatment plan to manage your child’s ADHD and enhance their quality of life and general health.
After your pediatrician has gotten a clear picture of your child’s overall health, they might suggest certain treatment options like:
- Mindfulness techniques and stress and sleep management
- Education and training about ADHD and management and coping strategies
- Behavioral therapy for children
- Lifestyle changes, including optimal nutrition, regular exercise, and outdoor activities
If your child has ADHD, it’s also helpful to get organized, manage distractions, and create a routine. Help your child develop clear, realistic goals and try to create a positive environment that fosters a healthy, happy mind.
It’s also important that your child gets good quality sleep and plenty of rest.
Lapeer Pediatrics provides specialized consultations regarding behavioral problems, school performance, growth and development concerns, and medical treatment for mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and ADHD.
Your pediatrician guides your child through evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, follow-up, and life-long care.
For valuable medical support and quality care of your child’s ADHD, call Lapeer Pediatrics today or schedule an appointment online.