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ADHD refers to Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder and is a condition characterized by hyperactive behavior and difficulty concentrating. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ADHD affects approximately 6.4 million youth in the U.S. Children and teens with ADHD often experience difficulty in school due to an inability to remain focused, listen to others, and concentrate. Fortunately, treatments are available. The doctors at Downers Grove Pediatrics are your Downers Grove and Bolingbrook, IL, pediatricians for treating ADHD.
ADHD Signs and Symptoms
Several signs and symptoms are associated with ADHD. If your child displays symptoms of ADHD, see a pediatrician for a formal diagnosis. ADHD tends to occur in boys more often than girls, but both can be affected by it. Signs and symptoms associated with ADHD include:
- Hyperactive behavior or excessive fidgeting
- Trouble concentrating or staying focused
- Difficulty paying attention in class
- Difficulty listening to others
- Difficulty staying organized
- Persistent procrastination
- Distracted easily
Treatment for ADHD
ADHD can interfere with your child’s ability to remain focused and on task when needed. The good news is there are many treatment methods available for helping your child manage the symptoms of ADHD. Your Downers Grove or Bolingbrook, IL, pediatrician can develop an individualized treatment plan for your child. Common treatment methods for ADHD include behavioral therapy and medications.
Behavioral therapy is the most common method for treating ADHD. Behavioral therapy involves teaching parents and children affected by ADHD techniques for managing such symptoms as hyperactivity and difficulty concentrating or remaining focused. As an example, providing positive reinforcement to a child affected by ADHD when desired behavior is displayed is one way to promote the continuation of that behavior. When needed, prescription medications can also be used to help improve focus, concentration, and listening.
Many treatment options are available for ADHD. If your child displays symptoms associated with ADHD, a pediatrician can make a formal diagnosis and develop an individualized treatment plan for your child. To schedule an appointment for your child with a Downers Grove or Bolingbrook, IL, pediatrician who treats ADHD, call Downers Grove Pediatrics at (630) 852-4551 for the Downers Grove office or at (630) 759-9230 for the Bolingbrook office.
It’s easy for parents to be able to pinpoint when there is something physically wrong with their child. They may have a fever, body aches, or abdominal pain. When these symptoms arise parents often know to seek care from their pediatrician. Mental health issues, on the other hand, are just as important to treat as physical complaints; however, these symptoms and problems aren’t always as clear-cut.
Good mental health allows children to feel confident, think properly and develop the proper skills needed for social, personal, and even professional success throughout their lifetime. A child’s environment can greatly impact their emotional and mental states, and it’s important that parents are in tuned with their children, their emotions and what’s going on for them to spot problems right away so that they can seek proper care.
Here are some ways to foster healthy mental well-being in your child:
- Provide your child with unconditional love
- Foster a safe, nurturing environment
- Help build their self-esteem and confidence
- Encourage their passions and dreams
- Provide guidance and discipline when necessary
Along with these simple tips it’s also important to ensure that your child is:
- Getting regular exercise
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet
- Getting adequate sleep
Modeling Good Mental Health
Your child mirrors everything you do so by giving them a positive role model your child can mirror good behaviors that foster good mental health. When you take care of yourself your child also learns the importance in self-care. When you find joy in your life your child will also make a priority out of finding things that bring them joy.
Talk to a Pediatrician
We know that it isn’t always easy to determine what behaviors are normal and which ones warrant a deeper look. This is where your children’s doctor can provide you with the information you need. A pediatrician can answer questions about everything from healthy social and emotional skills to behaviors that could be problematic.
It’s also important that parents do not ignore their own mental well-being. After all, mentally healthy parents also provide better care and a positive, happy environment for their children to thrive. If you are having trouble with your own mental well-being it’s okay to talk to your child’s pediatrician about your issues.
If you have questions about your child’s mental health and wellness don’t hesitate to sit down and discuss your questions or concerns with a pediatrician who will be able to guide you along the way to make sure that you are providing your child with everything they need for optimal mental and emotional well-being.
Find out when it’s time to see a specialist about your child’s allergy symptoms.
While some children may deal with the occasional bout of seasonal allergies, if they are dealing with persistent or severe allergy symptoms, then you should turn to our Bolingbrook, IL, pediatricians for answers. Once you have come in for a consultation, we can decide whether it’s best for your little one to see an allergy specialist or if we can treat the issue ourselves.
About allergy treatments
Here are tips for managing your child’s allergies:
- Figure out what your child is allergic to: Often requiring allergy testing from our Bolingbrook office, this task is easier said than done! However, you look out for warning signs on your own to help. For example, if you find that your child always gets sick or breaks out in hives after eating a specific food, then this is a warning sign that they may have a food allergy. Records these symptoms and then bring these findings into your child’s pediatrician.
- Determine what their allergy symptoms are and what they are not: It’s common for allergy symptoms to present similarly to a cold. Your child may have a runny nose, watery red eyes, sneezing or coughing. At first, you may even mistake their symptoms for a cold. Common over-the-counter medications like antihistamines or nasal steroid sprays may work, but it’s important to talk to your pediatrician first before giving your child any medication.
- Take precautions: Along with taking certain medications to ease symptoms, the best way to prevent symptoms from occurring in the first place is to avoid the allergen whenever possible. For example, if your child is allergic to certain outdoor allergens, then it’s a good idea to avoid the outdoors on days when the pollen count is high. Alternatively, close up windows and doors and turn on air conditioners during warmer months.
- Consider allergy shots: If your child’s allergy symptoms are severe or impacting their life then you may want to ask our pediatricians about getting immunotherapy, or allergy shots. These shots are administered regularly over the course of a couple of years to desensitize the body to the allergen.
Give us a call!
If you suspect that your child may be dealing with allergies, then it’s time to call Downers Grove Pediatrics. We have offices in both Bolingbrook and Downers Grove, IL, that are at your conveniece. Call us today to schedule an evaluation: dial 630-759-9230 for Bolingbrook, and (630) 852-4551 for Downers Grove.
At some point in our childhood, we might have experienced chicken pox. While chicken pox most often occurs in children under the age of 12, it can also occur in adults who never had it as children.
Chickenpox is an itchy rash of spots that look like blisters and can appear all over the body while accompanied by flu-like symptoms. Chickenpox is very contagious, which is why your pediatrician in places a strong emphasis on keeping infected children out of school and at home until the rash is gone.
What are the Symptoms of Chickenpox?
When a child first develops chickenpox, they might experience a fever, headache, sore throat or stomachache. These symptoms may last for a few days, with a fever in the 101-102 F range. The onset of chicken pox causes a red, itchy skin rash that typically appears on the abdomen or back and face first, then spreads to almost any part of the body, including the scalp, mouth, arms, legs and genitals.
The rash begins as multiple small red bumps that look like pimples or insect bites, which are usually less than a quarter of an inch wide. These bumps appear in over two to four days and develop into thin-walled blisters filled with fluid. When the blister walls break, the sores are left open, which then dries into brown scabs. This rash is extremely itchy and cool baths or calamine lotion may help to manage the itching.
What are the Treatment Options?
A virus causes chickenpox, which is why your pediatrician in will not prescribe an antibiotic to treat it. However, your child might need an antibiotic if bacteria infects the sores, which is very common among children because they will often scratch and pick at the blisters—it is important to discourage this. Your child’s pediatrician in will be able to tell you if a medication is right for your child.
If you suspect your child has chickenpox, contact your pediatrician right away!
The importance of immunizations
Childhood immunizations are one of the most important safeguards against communicable diseases and their serious, long-term complications. Your pediatrician closely adheres to the vaccination schedules published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Why? Well, there's nothing more important than your youngster's health and well-being, and immunizations effectively guard them.
Just what is an immunization?
Most immunizations are given as "shots," or injections, but some, such as the Rotavirus vaccine, are oral medications. However administered, vaccines boost your child's immune system in its battle against diseases which easily spread from person to person.
Each vaccine contains a small amount of a killed or weakened micro-organisms. These altered viruses or bacteria raise the body's defenses against a particular illness such as chicken pox. pneumonia, polio, tetanus, and more...up to 14 in all by time your child is two years old, says the CDC.
Are immunizations necessary?
Your pediatrician, his or her colleagues and decades of research prove that vaccines protect the health of individual children and of the community at large. Also called herd immunity, community immunity works best when as many babies and youngsters receive all their "shots" on schedule. Community immunity protects youngsters who cannot receive vaccines because of cancer treatment, HIV infection or other serious reason. It also shields the general population when people travel from countries which cannot provide access to these important medications.
Both the AAP and the CDC publish and recommend set vaccine schedules carried out at well-baby and well-child visits at the doctor's office. In addition, there is a "catch-up" schedule for children who have begun their immunizations late or had them interrupted by illness or other serious concern.
Your pediatrician's services
They're so important. Your child's doctor keeps your child's immunization records and can distribute them to schools, camps, college, sports, daycare and other organizations who require proof of up-to-date vaccines. The doctor also monitors your child for any adverse reactions, although typically, vaccines produce no more than:
- Localized redness and soreness at the injection site
- Low grade fever
- Pain and swelling