Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects millions of children in the U.S. each year. Board-certified pediatrician Yvrose Valcourt, MD, and pediatric nurse practitioner Whitney Lutz, NP, understand the nuances and challenges of ADHD. With offices in Aiken, Hardeeville, and Walterboro, South Carolina, and Augusta, Georgia, the pediatric specialists work with you and your child to develop an effective management plan that meets their unique needs. Call the pediatric office nearest you or schedule an appointment online to learn more. Telehealth visits are also available.
ADHD is a medical condition that affects brain development, growth, and function. It can influence a child’s ability to concentrate, sit for long periods, and control impulses. Children with ADHD may struggle with school performance, maintaining friendships, and completing daily activities at home.
Symptoms can last through adulthood, but seeking support now helps ensure your child has the tools to manage their symptoms and develop effective coping strategies.
ADHD affects all children differently. With many types, ADHD can cause inattention, hyperactivity, and even less obvious symptoms, like anxiety. The three most common types of ADHD are:
This type makes it difficult for a child to maintain attention, organize tasks, manage time, and follow instructions.
Fidgeting, restlessness, and difficulty sitting still are hallmark signs of this ADHD type. Excessive talking and poor impulse control can also be signs in children.
Children with this type experience inattentive and hyperactive symptoms. It’s the most common form in children.
While the root cause of ADHD remains unknown, many factors can increase your child’s risk of developing the condition, including:
If your pediatric specialist suspects your child has ADHD, they perform a physical exam and issue questionnaires to their caregivers, including parents, teachers, and childcare providers. They may also order additional testing to rule out other medical conditions.
With many effective ADHD treatments, your Valcourt Pediatric Associates specialist tailors your child’s care plan to address their unique needs. They consider your child’s ADHD type, age, and specific symptoms when recommending treatment to ensure the appropriate interventions, which may include:
The pediatric practice takes a combination approach to care that may involve multiple treatments. They also coordinate with other specialists to ensure continuity of care and comprehensive support for your child. Call Valcourt Pediatric Associates or schedule an appointment online to learn more.