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By Ad-Park Pediatric Associates, S.C.
December 18, 2014
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Attention deficit disorder or ADD is a condition that can affect our Addison pediatric patients, and we specialize in helping our patients living with ADD to minimize impairments that could keep a child from succeeding in school.

ADD is a condition that causes people of all ages to experience inattention or impulsivity. Some children may also experience hyperactivity, which is called attention hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Some signs a child may be experiencing ADD could include difficulty paying attention, being easily distracted, having difficulty finishing tasks that require concentration, trouble playing or sitting quietly and constantly procrastinating.

While many people are aware of some of the symptoms associated with ADD, many misconceptions exist about ADHD and the people who experience it. These include the following things you may not know:

1. Boys tend to be diagnosed with ADD at an earlier age than girls. Three times as many boys are diagnosed with ADD than girls. However, in adulthood, an equal amount of men and women are diagnosed with the condition. This means it is important to recognize that even if a girl is an adolescent or teenager, she may begin experiencing ADD symptoms.

2. Medication is not the only treatment for ADD. Medications can help a portion of children experiencing ADD. However, medication is not right for every family. We will work with you and your family to determine the best treatments. Other interventions could include nutrition, behavioral therapy and exercise.

3. Having ADD does not mean your child will also have a learning disability. While it's true that some children may experience both of these conditions, they are separate disorders. This is why you should see a physician and/or mental health professional that specialize in treating ADD in children as they can help you differentiate symptoms.

For more information on ADD, its symptoms and how our Addison doctor's office can help your child with ADD, please call (630) 543-3020

March 06, 2012
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Flu PreventionWith the arrival of flu season, many parents will be watching their children closely for symptoms of this dreaded virus.  The flu, also known as influenza, is a highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory tract (nose, throat and lungs).   The virus spreads easily in settings where many people are contained in close quarters such as schools and childcare, making children especially susceptible to the flu.

Often confused with the common cold, flu symptoms are typically more severe.  The following symptoms are good indicators that your child has the flu:

  • Rapid onset of fever (typically above 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Excessive tiredness, lack of energy and general weakness
  • Muscle aches and chills
  • Dry cough
  • Stuffy, runny nose

Other symptoms that accompany the flu may include sore throat, vomiting and diarrhea.

Remember, if your child comes down with the flu, keep them home from school or childcare for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone.  The flu is highly contagious and can infect other children and caregivers.  It can spread by direct contact, such as drinking from the same cup or through indirect contact, such as when a classmate sneezes on his hand and then touches the door handle.

Flu Prevention Tips

Annual outbreaks of seasonal flu typically occur during the fall through the spring. Knowing how to identify flu symptoms and prevent the virus will help you protect your family from getting the flu. Here are just a few tips to keep the virus away from your household.

  • Teach your children proper and consistent hand washing
  • Avoid sharing cups, bottles and other utensils
  • Encourage your children to keep their hands away from their eyes, nose and mouth to prevent germs from spreading
  • Practice the importance of coughing or sneezing into your arm or a tissue

To prevent seasonal influenza, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends children receive the influenza vaccination every year starting at six months of age.  Ask Ad-Park Pediatric Associates about flu vaccinations for your child.

When your child is experiencing the flu, extra rest and drinking plenty of fluids can help relieve symptoms.  Typical recovery time for the flu is one or two weeks.  Contact your Addison pediatrician at Ad-Park Pediatric Associates if your child’s fever persists, he develops a cough, or if he complains of ear pain. Flu is a serious illness that should be monitored closely.

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