Are you wondering if your child’s issues with concentration could be due to ADHD?
All children will have issues with concentration once in a while. They may become easily distracted or make a careless mistake on their homework. It happens, and it’s usually nothing to worry about. However, if these habits are becoming the norm then you may be wondering whether or not your child may have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Discover some of the warning signs that might mean that it’s time to schedule an evaluation with your Kaufman, TX, pediatrician also serving Rockwall and Dallas, Dr. C. Turner Lewis.
ADHD Symptoms: What to Look Out For
The three classic symptoms of ADHD are:
It is important to recognize that children don’t always display all of these symptoms. In fact, some children may only exhibit one symptom while others may exhibit all three. That’s why it can take parents a while to figure out that their children’s behaviors are actually stemming from ADHD.
We break down these three main symptoms of ADHD:
As you may be able to guess, children with ADHD have a lot of trouble concentrating and staying focused. Children who display symptoms of inattentiveness may:
- Have trouble staying organized
- Often lose or misplace items
- Become easily distracted
- Often daydream or seem like their mind is elsewhere
- Have difficulty paying attention to lectures, conversations or books
- Jump from one task to another without completing anything
- Make careless mistakes or miss important details
- Have trouble following instructions
Hyperactivity and Impulsivity
These two symptoms can be lumped together since they are similar. Children who display symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity may:
- Fidget and move around a lot
- Have trouble sitting still or remaining seated
- Not be able to wait patiently in line
- Blurt out answers without waiting to be called on by the teacher
- Talk excessively and interrupt others while they talk
- Have difficulty playing quietly or participating in certain activities
- Have trouble with impulse control
- Be prone to temper tantrums and moods swings
Should my child be evaluated for ADHD?
Again, it’s important to recognize that a lot of these habits and behaviors will occur in children who don’t have ADHD; however, if your child is displaying many of these symptoms, if these symptoms occur frequently and if they manifest in all environments such as home, school or social interactions then it’s a good idea to schedule an evaluation with our Kaufman, TX, pediatrician, also serving Rockwall and Dallas, to find out if your child has ADHD.
Children's Medical Clinics, is dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate pediatric care to children and teens living in Kaufman, Dallas, Ellis, Henderson, Hunt, Navarro, Rains, Rockwall, Van Zandt, & Wood, TX. Whether you need to schedule an ADHD evaluation or you just need to schedule your child’s next checkup, don’t hesitate to give our pediatrician a call.
Immunizations are an important part of every child's health and wellness plan. In addition to protecting your children from potentially serious diseases like chicken pox and the measles, immunizations also help to keep vulnerable members of the family and community healthy as well. Dr. Turner Lewis, a pediatrician at Children's Medical Clinics in Kaufman, TX, offers immunization and pediatric services to patients from the surrounding counties of Rockwall and Dallas. Read on to learn how his services can help your child!
Immunizations help children and adults develop immunity to a number of illnesses, from the flu to meningitis. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide guidelines for pediatricians to administer immunizations that follow a specific schedule from infancy to age 12. The doses are spread out over several visits depending on the vaccination, and the pediatrician will let you know when it is time to set up an appointment for your child for each immunization.
What Vaccinations Protect Against
There are a number of once prevalent and potentially life-threatening and debilitating illnesses that have all but been eradicated thanks to childhood immunizations. Some of the diseases from which vaccines protect children and adults include:
- Whooping cough (rubella)
- German measles (rubella)
There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding immunizations, but the truth is that they are a critical factor in individual and community health and safety. Because certain people cannot receive immunizations due to factors like age and underlying health conditions, vulnerable members of your family and society rely on healthy individuals who can be immunized to avoid exposure, a phenomenon known as herd immunity.
Speak directly to your pediatrician with any questions or concerns about immunizations and your child or infant's health.
Find a Pediatrician Today!
For more information about immunizations and why they are essential for your child's health and development, contact Children's Medical Clinics by calling 972-932-1319 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lewis today! We are proud to serve the residents of Dallas, Ellis, Kaufman, Henderson, Hunt, Navarro, Rains, Rockwall, Van Zandt, & Wood.
Find out the best ways to handle some of the most common childhood learning and development disabilities.
Even though there is more information than ever before regarding childhood developmental and learning disorders there are still so many things we don’t quite understand and there is also a lot of misinformation out there. The goal of your pediatrician is to provide you with all the information you and your child need to understand their learning or developmental disorder and the most effective treatments and interventions available.
What are the most common learning disabilities?
One of the most common learning disabilities is dyslexia, which can affect how a child understands what they’ve read. It may also affect comprehension, spelling and other facets of reading and learning.
ADHD is another common learning disability that affects millions of children. Children with ADHD have trouble concentrating on work and may easily get distracted. ADHD can affect a child’s school, home or social life.
Other learning disabilities include:
- Processing deficits
What are the most common developmental disabilities?
A common developmental disorder is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Since autism is a spectrum, symptoms will vary in type and severity. It can affect a child’s ability to socialize or pick up social cues from those around them. They may prefer to be alone or not to be touched. While there is no cure for autism there are ways to manage the symptoms.
What are my child’s treatment options?
It’s important that if you think your child might be struggling with a learning or developmental disorder that you talk to your pediatrician. There are many ways in which to treat these symptoms through medications, therapy, lifestyle changes and behavioral modifications, and your doctor will work with you to determine the best treatment options for your child.
No matter whether you have questions about your child’s learning or development disorder or your child is displaying symptoms of one of these delays, it’s important that you have a pediatrician you can turn to for answers, support and treatment options. After all, your family and your pediatrician are a team designed to help your child live the best possible life.
Could your child’s itchy, red eye be pink eye?
“Pink eye” are two words that no parent loves hearing but it’s one of the most common eye problems to affect both children and adults. In fact, according to the CDC, there are about 3 million cases of pink eye in the US every year. What are the warning signs of conjunctivitis and should you see a pediatrician right away or let the problem run its course?
What is conjunctivitis?
Known as pink eye, this condition causes inflammation of the conjunctiva, or the clear layer of tissue that covers the whites of the eye. Conjunctivitis can affect one or both eyes and is extremely contagious. It’s most commonly passed around in schools. Conjunctivitis can be the result of a bacterial or viral infection, or it can be brought about through certain irritants such as pollen, smoke, or ingredients found in skin care products.
What are the symptoms of conjunctivitis?
Your child might have pink eye if they are experiencing any of these symptoms,
- Redness in the whites of the eyes
- Swollen eyelids
- Sensitivity to light
- Excessive tearing
- A gritty feeling in the eye
- Itching or burning eyes
How is pink eye treated?
The treatment your child receives will depend on the cause of their conjunctivitis. Those with allergic conjunctivitis will find that as long as they avoid the offending irritant that the symptoms will go away.
If a bacterial infection is the cause, then antibiotic eye drops will be prescribed. Symptoms should lessen within 3-4 days of treatment but it’s important that you continue using your antibiotics for as long as your children’s doctor recommends.
If a viral infection is to blame there is really nothing that needs to be done, you’ll just have to let the cold or virus run its course. To alleviate symptoms, you can use eye drops or apply a cold compress to the eyes to reduce inflammation and discomfort.
It’s important that you have a pediatrician that you can always turn to for care, no matter if it’s a routine checkup or an emergency visit. From conjunctivitis to sports-related injuries, your children’s doctor will be able to provide comprehensive care to your little one as they grow up to make sure they remain healthy and happy.
Childhood asthma is more common than you might think. In fact, it is the most common chronic disorder in children, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Asthma is a long-term respiratory condition that causes swelling within the airways, making it different for your little one to breathe. How do you know if your child might have asthma? The telltale signs include:
- Trouble or difficulty breathing
- Wheezing or whistling when breathing in
- Tightness in the chest
- Coughing that often gets worse at night
- Fatigue, especially with exercise or play
If your child is experiencing or complaining about any of these symptoms it’s important that you schedule an appointment with a pediatrician as soon as possible. It’s important to write down the exact symptoms your little one has been experiencing, particularly because their symptoms may not be present during their evaluation. If you have a family history of asthma, this is something that your child’s pediatrician will want to know.
During the evaluation your doctor will also perform a physical exam, taking time to listen to both the heart and the lungs for signs of asthma. Sometimes a test known as spirometry will be used to test the lung function (this is most common in children over the age of 6 years old). This test is used to measure how much air is in the lungs and how quickly your child can exhale. Other tests may also be performed to check for other health issues that could be exacerbating your child’s asthma symptoms such as a sinus infection.
Asthma is serious and requires medication to keep this problem under control. While there is no cure for asthma, your pediatrician’s goal for asthma treatment is to prevent the severity and frequency of asthma attacks. We want to prevent your little one from having to rush to the hospital for a severe attack. Luckily, there are medications that your children’s doctor can prescribe to lessen asthma symptoms.
The type of asthma medication your child receives will depend on several factors including age. Infants and toddlers may require inhaled steroids to control asthma symptoms. The dosage will also change depending on your child’s age. Along with long-term medications that will be taken every day to help control symptoms and keep inflammation down there are fasting-acting medications that your child will also be prescribed (e.g. albuterol), which is only used when your little one feels an attack coming on. Before any medication is given to your child, your pediatrician will talk to both you and your little one about how to use asthma medication properly.
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