Signs Your Child Has ADHD
Could your child’s interruptive and hyperactive behaviors be the result of ADHD?
It’s normal for children to daydream, become restless, or to interrupt adults while they are having a conversation. However, if your child is dealing with ADHD then these behaviors may occur more regularly and consequently hold a higher possibility of negatively impacting your child’s daily life. Read below to learn more about the warning signs of ADHD and whether it might be the right time to visit our pediatricians at Children's Clinic La Jolla.
What is ADHD?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common childhood problem that can manifest itself in three different ways: inattentiveness, hyperactivity/impulsivity, or a combination of the two.
- Inattentiveness: A child who is inattentive will often have trouble concentrating. Children with these symptoms will often lose belongings and may have trouble completing tasks. These children will also often seem like they aren’t paying attention or like they are daydreaming.
- Hyperactivity/Impulsiveness: While a child that is hyperactive won’t display symptoms of inattentiveness, it will be impossible for them to sit still. These are the children that often cause the most disruption to classrooms, as they need to fidget or move around and often have trouble sitting in a chair. These children are also more likely to cut in lines, disrupt others while they are talking, talk excessively, and yell out an answer rather than waiting to be called on by the teacher.
- Combination: In some cases, children may also have both inattentive and hyperactive symptoms. These symptoms will vary from child to child and most symptoms appear before age 12. These symptoms will also occur in more than one environment, meaning that these behaviors and attitudes may affect everything from their schooling to their home and social environments.
When to See a Pediatrician
It’s important to be able to spot the warning signs of ADHD in your child as soon as possible so that our La Jolla, CA, children’s doctors can work with you to create an effective treatment plan and strategy. If your child is experiencing any of the above symptoms and it’s affecting their daily life, it’s time to schedule an evaluation.
There are several ways to help your child manage their symptoms, and the sooner we begin implementing certain lifestyle modifications and other treatment options into their life, the better.
Concerned? Contact Us Today!
Are you a parent whose child is displaying symptoms of ADHD? If so, it might be time to schedule a consultation with a pediatrician to find out what is going on. Let the compassionate, caring medical team at Children’s Clinic La Jolla in La Jolla, San Diego, CA help you. Call us today at (858) 459-KIDS!