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By Downers Grove Pediatrics
August 20, 2020
Category: Pediatric Care
Tags: ADHD  

Get all of your questions regarding ADHD answered by our Bolingbrook and Downers Grove pediatric team.

Is your child displaying habits and behaviors that are relatively normal for a child their age or is their persistent flightiness and daydreaming caused by ADHD? It isn’t always easy to tell whether your child is dealing with ADHD, which is where our Bolingbrook and Downers Grove IL pediatricians can help. Have questions about childhood ADHD? We have answers, here at Downers Grove Pediatrics.

What is ADHD?

ADHD, or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is often diagnosed in school-age children. This condition alters both neurological development and activity, affecting a child or teen’s ability to concentrate, stay focused, and practice self-control.

Will my child grow out of it?

Our Bolingbrook ADHD specialists will admit that ADHD symptoms and behaviors may change as your child gets older; however, this is considered a chronic condition that your child will have all their life. We can work with them to help them manage their symptoms effectively.

What are the signs and symptoms of ADHD?

The number one question from most parents is, “Does my child have ADHD?” As we said, it isn’t always that easy to tell. These are some of the most common warning signs and symptoms of ADHD:

  • Constant fidgeting and trouble sitting still
  • Often caught daydreaming
  • Doesn’t listen to instructions
  • Jumps from one thing to the next without completing anything
  • Frequently losing or misplacing items
  • Making careless mistakes on homework
  • Disorganized
  • Difficulty playing quietly
  • Issues with patience and waiting their turn
  • Temper tantrums or outbursts

For it to be true ADHD, children have to display several of these symptoms across all environments (e.g. school; home; social). These symptoms also have to be negatively impacting your child’s life.

Should I have my child tested?

If your child is displaying these symptoms and has been for several months, then it may provide you with peace of mind to have your child tested. If you are on the fence, you can also discuss this with your pediatrician when you bring your child in for their regular wellness checkup. If we notice any behaviors and habits that could be indicative of ADHD, then we may recommend further evaluation.

How is ADHD managed in children?

Every child’s treatment plan will be a bit different based on the type and severity of their symptoms; however, treatment plans may include:

  • Medication (e.g. Ritalin)
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Special educational services
  • Support groups
  • Dietary changes
  • Increased exercise
  • Supplements and vitamins
  • Other lifestyle changes

To schedule an ADHD evaluation for your child or teen at Downers Grove Pediatrics, call our Bolingbrook IL office at (630) 759-9230, or our Downers Grove IL office at (630) 852-4551.

By Downers Grove Pediatrics
May 04, 2020
Category: Child Health
Tags: ADHD  
ADHDParents want the best for their child, which is why check-ups and appointments with their pediatricians are so important. Yet your pediatrician isn’t just available for when your child is sick or has physical ailments. They can also help with mental and behavioral conditions, including the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. If your child struggles with focus, impulsivity, attention, or hyperactivity, schedule them for an evaluation. It’s also important to note that children must be at least four years old for a diagnosis.
 
The Three Facets of ADHD
There are three parts to pediatric ADHD: impulsivity, inattention, and hyperactivity. Each of them is signs and are necessary for a diagnosis. Here is some information about each of them.
 
Inattention: your child spends a lot of time daydreaming or not paying attention, struggles to listen, is easily distracted, makes careless mistakes, rarely finishes tasks, and is disorganized to the point of losing or forgetting important things. 
 
It’s important to understand that children with ADHD can pay attention, it’s just harder with topics that don’t interest them. They can tune out when tasks get repetitive. Working with them to organize their schoolwork and tasks is essential. Try to provide them with a quiet and calm environment to work in.
 
Impulsivity: your child can’t wait or acts without thinking, interrupts others, and has problems taking turns.
 
Children with ADHD have trouble with self-control, which leads to the impulsive characteristics mentioned above. They have a harder time censoring themselves. This results in them invading people's personal space or asking overly personal questions. Impulsivity problems also lead to moodiness and overreactions. 
 
Hyperactivity: your child seems to constantly be moving, without being able to sit still without squirming. They also talk too much and loudly, often playing in areas that aren’t permitted. 
 
It’s normal for younger children to have high energy levels. It’s only when your child seems to be constantly moving that it could be an issue with hyperactivity. When they do sit still, they are still moving. They may tap their fingers, shake their legs, or move their feet. 
 
Diagnosing ADHD
A diagnosis won’t happen right away. There are many steps in the process before an accurate understanding is available. Your pediatrician will most likely want statements from not just you and your child, but other caregivers and teachers. 

At the appointment with your child’s pediatrician, they’ll want you and others to fill out a questionnaire about your child’s behavior. Symptoms need to be present in multiple settings, like at home and school and cause issues at both. 
 
The criteria change depending on your child’s age, so it isn’t one-size-fits-all. Your pediatrician will work with you to get an accurate picture of your child’s situation. 
By Downers Grove Pediatrics
April 09, 2020
Category: Child Safety
Tags: ADHD  

Are you concerned about your child's impulsivity? Is he or she struggling in school? These symptoms and more may indicate a neurodevelopmental disorder called ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. At Downers Grove Pediatrics in Bolingbrook and Downers Grove, IL, your six board-certified pediatricians help children receive diagnosis and treatment of ADHD, giving your family the relief and direction you need.

What is ADHD?

Healthline reports that 10 percent of American children, more boys than girls by a margin of two to one, are diagnosed with a mental/developmental problem called ADHD. Definitive diagnosis typically comes by the age of seven. The majority of these cases carry over into adulthood, impacting interpersonal relationships and employment.

At Downers Grove Pediatrics in Bolingbrook and Downers Grove, IL, your child's doctor is the first and best medical provider to consult with your concerns. He or she can assess your child's symptoms, make recommendations for additional testing by a specialist and prescribe behavioral therapies and medications as indicated.

ADHD can be managed. However, families need much support, counseling and professional help to do so.

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

The American Psychiatric Association says ADHD presents with obviously abnormal levels of activity and behavior. The most commonly occurring symptom is extreme inattentiveness to tasks, conversations, and instructions at home and school. Other signs include:

  • Extreme emotional outbursts and tantrums, particularly in younger children
  • Very limited concentration, even during favorite TV shows and other activities
  • Impulsive behavior and poor judgment
  • Constant interrupting during conversations or teaching time
  • Restlessness and inability to sit still or even stay sitting
  • Forgetfulness
  • Poor organizational skills
  • Incessant talking
  • Poor school performance despite obvious intelligence
  • Little attention to detail
  • Misplacing clothes, homework, money and sports gear

Diagnosing and treating ADHD

Diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder comes from a review of symptoms as noticed by parents, family, teachers, and others in the school environment. Your pediatrician may initiate a referral to a learning/behavioral specialist for additional review and testing.

Some children benefit from behavioral therapies. Others need medications such as Ritalin to regulate the levels of brain chemicals such as dopamine. More are helped by a care plan which combines both. At-home strategies include reduction of sugars in the diet, increasing exercise and limiting screen time on computers, TV, phones and more.

What does your child need?

Bring your child and your concerns about ADHD for competent compassionate help from Downers Grove Pediatrics. We want to help! For a consultation with one of our pediatricians, contact one of our two locations. In Downers Grove, phone (630) 852-4551. In Bolingbrook, IL, call us at (630) 759-9230.

By John Cabana, MD
September 23, 2019
Category: Pediatric Health
Tags: ADHD  

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
  • Forgetfulness

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.

By Downers Grove Pediatrics
April 23, 2018
Category: Pediatric Health
Tags: ADHD  

Could your child’s daydreaming and inattentive behavior be normal or could they have ADHD?ADHD

Does your child seem off in the clouds most of the time? Have your child’s teachers told you that your child has trouble concentrating or is often disruptive in class? If so, then you may be wondering if it’s time to visit our Downers Grove and Bolingbrook, IL, pediatricians. Could your child have ADHD or could their behaviors just be a normal part of growing up?

Could my child have ADHD?

It’s very important to understand that only a qualified children’s doctor in Downers Grove and Bolingbrook will be able to tell you that your child has ADHD; however, there are certain ways to determine whether the behaviors your child is exhibiting are serious or disruptive enough to warrant a proper medical evaluation.

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

Q. Does my child have trouble staying focused (whether on homework, chores, etc.)?

Q. Does my child jump to a new task before finishing an old one?

Q. Does my child often make careless mistakes?

Q. Does my child regularly misplace or lose things like homework, toys, books, etc?

Q. Does my child often seem like they aren’t listening when spoken to?

Q. Does my child often seem disorganized?

Q. Does my child fidget or have trouble sitting still?

Q. Does my child disrupt others or me during conversation?

Q. Does my child seem rambunctious and unable to stop talking?

Q. Does my child often blurt out answers or disrupt the classroom?

If you answered “yes” to the majority of these questions then it may be time to schedule an ADHD evaluation with us. Remember, a lot of these behaviors and habits are a normal part of childhood; however, if this is happening frequently and affecting your child’s academic, social and/or home life then you should schedule an evaluation with a pediatrician.

How is ADHD treated?

Most people assume that doctors are keen to just prescribe medication to handle ADHD but there is more to it than that. Successful ADHD treatment often requires a combination of medication and behavioral therapy along with the full cooperation of family and school to ensure that they are getting the proper and individualized care they need to meet their unique needs.

Medication can be a great way to improve concentration and focus, which in turn can improve their academic performance; however, medication is not a cure all and every child will respond differently to ADHD medications. We will work with you and your little one to determine which medication is right for them.

Of course, therapy in conjunction with medication is the most effective solution for managing ADHD symptoms. Behavioral therapy is a great way to reinforce positive behaviors. By setting and sticking to a specific rewards-and-consequences system we often see a great improvement in children’s day-to-day lives and behaviors.

If you are a parent in Bolingbrook or Downers Grove, IL, whose child is displaying symptoms of ADHD then it’s time to call Downers Grove Pediatrics. We can help you get to the bottom of your child’s symptoms.