According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 6.4 million children between the ages of four and seventeen in the U.S. have Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, otherwise known as ADHD. Children with this condition tend to have a more difficult time concentrating and remaining focused, which can make school extremely challenging at times. The doctors at Town and Country Pediatrics, your Mill Valey and San Francisco, CA pediatricians, diagnose and treat ADHD in children.
ADHD is associated with a variety of symptoms. Your child might have ADHD if he or she demonstrates several of the symptoms on a regular basis. See your Mill Valey and San Francisco pediatrician for an accurate diagnosis. While ADHD affects both boys and girls, it tends to be more common in boys. Symptoms associated with ADHD include:
- Hyperactive behavior
- Constant and excessive fidgeting
- Easily distracted
- Difficulty listening to others
- Tendency to regularly procrastinate
- Difficulty staying focused in school
- Trouble concentrating on homework
- Inability to remain organized
- Persistent forgetfulness
- Strained relationships with peers
Treatment of ADHD
There is no cure for ADHD, but there are effective treatments for helping your child manage their symptoms. Treatments include medications and behavioral therapy. Medications help control specific symptoms, such as difficulty listening or concentrating. Behavioral therapy helps with managing behaviors, such as hyperactivity. Depending on your child’s symptoms, a combination of medication and behavioral therapy might be best. Your Mill Valey and San Francisco pediatrician can determine the best course of treatment for your child.
ADHD can make it more difficult to be successful in a structured environment, such as a school setting. If your child is having trouble in school and exhibits many of the symptoms of ADHD, see a pediatrician for a diagnosis. If your child is diagnosed with ADHD, there are treatments that can help. To schedule an appointment with one of the doctors at Town and Country Pediatrics, call (415) 666-1860 for the San Francisco office, or call (415) 383-0918 for the Mill Valley office.