ADHD in Children (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) –

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ADHD is short for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It is a common brain disorder among children. ADHD is a condition that affects millions of children.

What are the different types of ADHD? Types are inattentive type, hyperactive-impulsive type, and combined type. What are the Symptoms of ADHD in Children? Hyperactivity-impulsivity symptoms are being in motion constantly, frequent fidgeting or squirming in their seat and talking without restraint. Inattention symptoms can include not being able to focus on tasks. Not following directions and having difficulty in organizing.

What are the Causes of ADHD in Children? Several factors may influence the risk of a child having ADHD. Children can inherit ADHD. Children whose mothers smoke during pregnancy may have higher risk of ADHD. Children exposed to lead, PCBs, or pesticides may also be at an increased risk. How is ADHD in Children Treated? Treatment options for ADHD focus on therapeutic and medical options. Prescription medications can also help to control symptoms. The medications are designed to help children focus better. Prescription medication will continue throughout childhood and into adulthood.

How is ADHD in Children Prevented? A healthy diet, routine doctor visits, and avoidance of alcohol and drugs. Cigarette smoking and second hand smoke increases the likelihood of ADHD. After the baby is born, parents must be aware of chemicals in the home. Intervention during the preschool years may mitigate the effects of ADHD. Intervention may include time for creative play and plenty of exercise. Be sure to speak to your doctor about your concerns.

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