When an older child struggles to concentrate or follow instructions, they may have a developmental condition called attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The experienced team of providers at Bright Futures Pediatrics, in Las Vegas, Nevada, offers comprehensive assessment and personalized treatment for children with ADHD. To schedule an appointment at their Southwest or Centennial Hills office, call the friendly staff or book online today.

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What is attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder?

ADHD is a cognitive and behavioral condition that makes staying focused, concentrating, completing tasks, and following instructions difficult for children. While it is common for all children to experience these things when they’re young, children with ADHD don’t grow out of these behaviors as they get older.

Typically, your pediatrician diagnoses ADHD by age 12, though your child may have signs much earlier. While there is no clear cause for this condition, research shows there may be links between ADHD and children who:

  • Had a traumatic birth
  • Had a low birth weight
  • Have other developmental delays
  • Have a family history of ADHD or other developmental delays
  • Have had exposure to environmental toxins
  • Were exposed to drugs or alcohol before birth

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, ADHD may affect a child’s academic success, social interactions, and sense of well-being. Early diagnosis and intervention are essential for helping your child learn strategies for managing their condition as they get older.

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

If your child has extreme difficulty concentrating on tasks or is especially impulsive or hyperactive, your pediatrician may perform an ADHD evaluation.

Signs that indicate your child may have ADHD include:

  • Difficulty following simple instructions
  • Difficulty completing tasks
  • Impulsive behaviors inconsistent with age
  • Lack of attention when spoken to
  • Forgetfulness or being easily distracted
  • Inability to follow through on tasks
  • Inability to focus on one task for an extended time
  • Talking fast or interrupting often
  • Restlessness or inability to sit still
  • Constant movement, including running, jumping, or climbing

The Bright Futures Pediatrics team assesses your child for ADHD by asking you questions, observing their behavior, and completing a specialized ADHD questionnaire. If they diagnose your child with ADHD, they develop a personalized plan of care to help your child manage their symptoms.

What are the treatments for ADHD?

Bright Futures Pediatrics offers ongoing ADHD management and quality treatment as your child gets older and moves into adulthood. They believe that education and family support is essential in helping your child succeed at home and at school.

Your pediatrician develops a plan of care that fits the needs of you and your child. Their treatment plan may include:

  • Medications
  • Nutrition counseling and dietary changes
  • Family or behavioral therapy
  • School cooperation
  • Lifestyle changes

It may take time to find the right combination of treatments that offer your child the best chance of success, but Bright Futures Pediatrics is with you every step of the way.

For quality assessment and personalized ADHD management, call the nearest office or schedule an appointment online with Bright Futures Pediatrics.