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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.
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A hit to the head during a soccer game or a hard fall from skateboarding may result in a serious head injury and even a concussion. The American Academy of Pediatrics describes a concussion as any injury to the brain that disrupts normal brain function on a temporary or permanent basis. These injuries are typically caused by a blow to the head, most often occurring while playing contact sports such as football, hockey, soccer, wrestling or skateboarding.
For some children, concussions only last for a short while. Other times, a person can have symptoms of a concussion that last for several days or weeks following the injury. Not all symptoms of concussions will be obvious, and in some cases take several hours to set in. Look for these signs of a concussion if your child suffers a head injury:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Memory loss or confusion
- Poor concentration
- Vision problems
- Irritability or changes in mood
- Sensitivity to light or noise
Seek Medical Attention
If your child injures his head or you believe he may have a concussion, it is important that the child discontinues play immediately and visits a healthcare provider for an evaluation. All concussions are serious and should be monitored right away. A pediatrician can properly diagnose the concussion and its severity, and then make appropriate treatment recommendations.
Rest from all activities is the best treatment for concussions. Your pediatrician can make appropriate recommendations for when the child should return to future play. Recovery time depends on the child and the severity of the concussion.
Preventing Head Injuries
Not all head injuries can be avoided, but you can do a few important things to prevent them.
- Buckle Up. Make sure your child is properly buckled up in a seat belt, car seat or booster seat.
- Safety Gear. If your child plays sports, make sure he wears appropriate headgear and other safety equipment.
- Awareness. Children should be taught how to play safe and understand the importance of reporting any type of head injury to their parent or coach.
All head injuries should be taken seriously. Early detection and treatment is the best way to prevent serious complications. It’s never a bad idea to contact your pediatrician when you have questions or concerns about your child’s head injury.