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By Mundelein Pediatrics
May 05, 2020
Category: Child's 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 Jennifer Devaney, M.D.
July 23, 2019
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: ADHD  

ADHD is a behavioral and mental disorder that’s most commonly diagnosed in school-aged children. Statistics published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that as many as 6 million American children are diagnosed with this condition. If you suspect that your child may be struggling with some of the symptoms of ADHD, call to have your child evaluated by a pediatrician at Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL.

What Is ADHD?
ADHD is an acronym for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, sometimes shortened to Attention Deficit Disorder. It causes children to behave abnormally in school and around their peers. It can make it difficult for them to excel in their studies, since they are often too distracted to concentrate on learning. Though sometimes adults over 18 are diagnosed and treated for this issue, it is most common in young children and three times more common in boys compared to girls according to the CDC.

ADHD: Common Symptoms and Signs
If you believe your child’s behavioral issues may be caused by or related to ADHD, a pediatrician at Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL, can provide you with a diagnosis and guidance. Keep in mind that the symptoms of ADHD may show differently in girls versus boys. Here are a few signs to look out for:

- Inability to sit still or listen for a meaningful period of time.
- Constantly interrupting and talking over others.
- Withdrawing from social situations.
- Being too sensitive and emotional when faced with normal conflicts.
- Inability to stay organized (messy room, desk, confusion about assignments).
- Fidgeting and inability to stay still.

Treating ADHD
One way that doctors treat children diagnosed with ADHD is with medication. The medication’s purpose is to help the child concentrate, calm down, and stay focused on his or her tasks. Another common treatment is behavioral therapy, which helps both the parent and child learn techniques for better concentration, organization, and social behavior. Changing a child’s diet could also help, as consumption of too much sugar and processed foods could be causing or amplifying symptoms.

Get Help Raising Healthy, Happy, Productive Children
Though some children go undiagnosed and untreated, ADHD is a manageable condition. The team at Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL, can help you treat your child’s ADHD symptoms and get him or her back on track at school and in social environments. Call (847) 548-7337 today to schedule an appointment with a pediatrician.

By Mundelein Pediatrics
July 27, 2018
Category: Children's Health
Tags: ADHD  

Do you parent a child age 6 to 17 who just can't sit still, concentrate, or make age-appropriate decisions? Has your son's teacher said he is adhdimpulsive? Has your daughter's dance instructor said her energy is great, but she cannot follow directions or stay with the group? These signs and more may indicate ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. At Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL, our pediatricians and support staff help parents get the help their children need for living with ADHD.

What is ADHD?

It's a neuro-developmental disorder which affects literally millions of children, adolescents, and yes, adults. Not a true illness but a brain difference which expresses itself in sometimes extreme behaviors, ADHD typically shows up before the age of 12, says the Center for Disease Control (CDC). While girls often have ADHD, boys typically are diagnosed at three times the rate.

Symptoms of ADHD

There are many symptoms of ADHD, and severity varies from person to person. Common signs are:

  • Extreme restlessness
  • Inability to concentrate and finish tasks
  • Excessive talking
  • Forgetfulness
  • Impulsiveness and poor judgment
  • Interrupting
  • Inability follow a conversation or line of reasoning
  • Sleep problems

Unfortunately, children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder suffer with strained interpersonal and family relationships, stress, anxiety, depression, and, as they age into the teen years and beyond, substance abuse and employment problems along with more issues that may surface. In other words, ADHD is nothing to ignore.

Of course, the school setting often proves difficult for these children to tolerate as learning problems can co-exist as well as classroom management problems for the teachers. Problems at school may be the first indication that something is amiss.

When to get help in Grayslake

ADHD can be managed, but parents need to seek help from their pediatricians. At Mundelein Pediatrics, the doctors screen their young patients for behavioral and learning problems and search out medical reasons for these difficulties. Additionally, the professional staff is an excellent resource for referrals to child psychologists, psychiatrists, and neuropsychologists who are experts in testing, behavioral modification, and medications helpful for ADHD and its related issues.

Are you ready to seek help?

At Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL, parents and children find compassionate, skilled care in a non-threatening atmosphere. We encourage open sharing of problems and frank discussion of possible solutions so your family can enjoy best optimal health and well-being.

If you suspect your child has ADHD, please call the office for a consultation: (847) 548-7337.

By Mundelein Pediatrics
January 11, 2018
Category: Children's Health
Tags: ADHD  

When it comes to your child, a diagnosis of any kind can be scary or cause anxiety. However, though they affect daily life, conditions like adhdADHD are manageable with help from your pediatrician. Find out more about ADHD, what it means for you and your child, and which steps to take in managing it with Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL.

What is ADHD? 
ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, affects about 6% of the population and affects people of all ages. While every person with ADHD has one or more of its symptoms, the condition differs patient to patient and occurs on a wide range of levels of severity. Patients may have trouble functioning in settings such as school or work, finding it difficult to focus on completing tasks. ADHD can also affect a patient’s home and social life. ADHD is often referred to as ADD, though the conditions are similar but different.

Does my child have ADHD? 
The symptoms of ADHD may not be immediately obvious. Patients with ADHD may experience symptoms such as:

  • easily distracted
  • chronically late
  • restless or hyperactive
  • fails to follow instructions
  • prone to procrastination
  • difficulty staying focused
  • difficulty completing tasks
  • forgetfulness
  • impulsivity

How is ADHD diagnosed? 
Patients must meet certain criteria to be diagnosed with ADHD. Their condition must significantly affect at least two areas of the patient’s life, such as work, school, home, or social life. The symptoms must be excessive and ongoing. ADHD may present itself in three main forms:

  • ADHD Combined: The patient experiences both inattention and hyperactivity.
  • ADHD Predominantly Inattentive: The patient experiences more inattentiveness than hyperactivity.
  • ADHD Predominantly Hyperactive/Impulsive: The patient experiences more hyperactivity or impulsiveness than inattentiveness.

How can my Grayslake pediatrician help treat my child’s ADHD? 
Your child’s pediatrician can help your child control and manage their ADHD and live a normal, productive life. Behavioral therapy to learn how to appropriately deal with behavioral problems, learn coping skills, and improve communication skills has shown to be helpful in treating ADHD. In some cases, your doctor may suggest medication to effectively manage the symptoms of ADHD.

For more information on ADHD or what it means for your child, please contact your child’s pediatrician at Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL. Call 847-548-7337 to schedule your appointment with your child’s pediatrician today!

By Mundelein Pediatrics
November 02, 2016
Category: Children's Health
Tags: ADHD   behavioral counseling  

Wondering if your child’s fidgeting and inattentiveness could be due to ADHD?

It seems like everywhere we turn we hear about ADHD (known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). With the growing use of ADHDelectronics and the ease of getting everything from movies to video games with just the click of a button, it can sometimes be hard to tell if our children’s lack of attention stems from ADHD or just being inundated with our fast-paced world. Our Grayslake, IL pediatricians have the answers you’ve been looking for.

What are some warning signs that I should look out for?

Yes, it is normal for children to be inattentive sometimes. However, there are some telltale signs that there could be something more going on.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, if your child shows any of these behaviors for at least six months and they are under the age of 7, it might be time to visit our Grayslake children’s doctor:

  • Your child just can’t stop squirming: They always need to move their arms or legs or hands. It feels like they just don’t stop moving.
  • They can’t sit for any period of time: Children with ADHD have a lot of issues just sitting still. You may notice that your child just always need to be up and moving and just can’t seem to stay in their seat.
  • Your child doesn’t seem to learn from past mistakes or experiences: It may feel like you’ve told them the same thing a hundred times but they just don’t seem to listen.
  • Your child seems restless: It might go hand-in-hand with not being able to sit still, but you also notice that your child needs to run or climb on things all the time.
  • Your child can’t patiently wait their turn: Sure it could just be the excitement of playing a board game, but if you find that your child is cutting to the front of the line all the time or just can’t seem to wait for other people to take their turn during game night this could be a warning sign.
  • Your child doesn’t seem to care who’s speaking: they need to interrupt often: They may blurt out answers in class without raising their hands or cut someone off without even realizing that they did it.
  • Your child has issues following directions.
  • Your child often loses things, whether it’s their homework, a favorite toy or a schoolbook: Your child just seems forgetful a lot of the time.
  • Your child is unorganized: While children can certainly be messy, a child with ADHD just can’t seem to stay organized, which often means that it’s difficult for them to complete a task.

These are all symptoms that children can be known to exhibit at some point, so we don’t want you to be too worried. However, if your child is exhibiting these symptoms often and it’s affecting their daily life, it’s time to turn to Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL for a proper assessment.