Pediatricians & Pediatric Urgent Care located in Panama City Beach, FL & Panama City, FL
According to the American Psychiatric Association, around 5% of children in the United States have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). At Future Pediatrics, with two offices in Panama City and Panama City Beach, Florida, pediatrician Ahmed Abo Baker Mohamed, MD, FAAP, provides successful treatments for children and adolescents dealing with ADHD. Future Pediatrics believes that every individual is unique and deserves highly personalized care and medical support. From medications to lifestyle changes and other effective coping strategies and tools, the caring team is here to help. Call your nearest office or book online today.
What is ADHD?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can affect self-control, focus, and other important life skills.
ADHD is essentially a brain disorder characterized by a continuous pattern of hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention that can negatively affect daily life and normal functioning. ADHD can occur at any age, but it’s more common in children and adolescents.
What are the symptoms of ADHD?
Many children with ADHD are often fidgety and easily distracted. They also often act impulsively. Some of the most common symptoms of ADHD include:
- Excessive talking
- Having a difficult time sitting still (fidgeting)
Some children with ADHD have trouble with certain skills and functions, such as:
- Managing emotions
- Flexible thinking
- Organization, preparation, and planning
Children with ADHD might also have trouble paying close attention to detail, finishing tasks, and following conversations or instructions.
What causes ADHD?
It isn’t entirely clear what causes ADHD, but many experts have associated the condition with differences in brain anatomy.
Various factors could play a role in the development of ADHD, such as:
- Brain injuries
- Premature delivery
- Cigarette smoking, alcohol use, or drug use while pregnant
- Low birth weight
Exposure to environmental toxins in utero or at a young age, such as high lead levels, might also be involved in triggering ADHD.
How is ADHD treated?
After a comprehensive evaluation, the Future Pediatrics team creates a customized treatment plan to determine the best course of action to manage your child’s ADHD and enhance their general health and quality of life.
After obtaining a clear picture of your child’s mental health and overall wellness, the team might suggest:
- Behavioral therapy or talk therapy for children
- Lifestyle changes, including exercise and nutrition
- Stress management and mindfulness techniques
- Training and education about ADHD
- Coping and management strategies
If your child has ADHD, it’s also useful to manage distractions, get organized, and create a routine. Help your child develop clear and realistic goals and try to create a positive environment that encourages a healthy, happy youthful mind.
Be sure your child is getting high quality sleep and plenty of rest. Try to help your child manage their circadian rhythm by maintaining a regular sleep schedule.
The Future Pediatrics team walks step by step with your child through evaluation and diagnosis, treatment, follow-up, and life-long care. For valuable support and more information on managing your child’s ADHD, call Future Pediatrics or schedule online today.