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ADHD affects many children and teenagers, making it difficult for them to concentrate on tasks, maintain relationships, and do well in school. Dr. Rubina Azam and the highly experienced pediatricians at Baldwin Pediatrics help children in Panama City, Florida, manage their ADHD symptoms with customized treatment plans. Call the practice today or request your appointment online to get started.
ADHD, otherwise known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a chronic condition that can affect your child’s ability to concentrate. They may have difficulty staying on task at home and at school.
Roughly 6.4 million children aged 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD in the United States. Studies show boys are three times more likely to have ADHD than girls. ADHD often continues into adulthood.
Three types of ADHD exist, each with differing symptoms. They're called hyperactive-impulsive, inattentive, and combined ADHD.
Children diagnosed as hyperactive-impulsive may have trouble sitting still, so they tap their fingers or jiggle their legs. They tend to be on the go and run around when they shouldn’t. At times they’ll talk too much or blurt out answers in the classroom because they have difficulty waiting their turn.
These children have difficulty paying close attention to details. They’re unable to focus on tasks at school. On their own, they have trouble organizing tasks, keeping track of their belongings, and paying attention.
Children under the “combined” category have both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive symptoms. Combined is the most common type of ADHD in the United States.
If your child shows any of the above symptoms for at least six months, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Azam. A medical examination is the best way to diagnose your child and get them on a treatment plan.
A specific test to diagnose ADHD doesn’t exist, but it’s common for a child to have a medical exam to rule out other potential illnesses. This involves providing your child’s medical history, any current prescription, and school records, if necessary.
Treatment plans consist of medications, behavioral therapy, and education. ADHD symptoms can’t be cured, but their severity can be reduced with treatment. Dr. Azam determines which treatment is the best for your child’s specific needs and symptoms.
If you’re worried your child may have untreated ADHD, schedule an appointment with Baldwin Pediatrics. The outstanding staff will answer any questions you have and work with your child to provide the best quality treatment. Book your child's appointment online or call today to learn more.