Attention Deficit Disorder Specialist

Cardinal Pediatrics

Pediatrics located in Lowell, MA & Chelmsford, MA

If your child struggles to pay attention or sit still in class, an attention-deficit disorder could be the reason. At Cardinal Pediatrics in Lowell and Chelmsford, Massachusetts, the skilled pediatrics team can diagnose and treat attention-deficit disorder (ADD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to help your child focus and thrive. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.

Attention-Deficit Disorders Q & A

What are attention-deficit disorders?

Attention-deficit disorders, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention-deficit disorder (ADD), commonly occur in children and teenagers. They affect your child’s ability to pay attention, focus well, and sit still if they have ADHD.

These disorders interfere with a child’s ability to complete their schoolwork, harm their relationships with others, and disrupt their overall quality of life. Treatment with the experts at Cardinal Pediatrics can reduce unpleasant symptoms.

What are the symptoms of attention-deficit disorders?

Common symptoms your child may experience because of ADD or ADHD include:

  • Difficulty sitting still
  • Problems paying attention
  • Poor focus
  • Poor organizational skills
  • Blurting out answers at school
  • Impulsive decision making
  • Constantly moving around
  • Interrupting conversations
  • Feeling frustrated
  • Mood swings 

Attention-deficit disorders can cause problems with behavior, self-esteem, and your child’s grades at school. Fortunately, help is within reach at Cardinal Pediatrics.

What are the risk factors for attention-deficit disorders?

Attention-deficit disorders can happen to anyone, but factors that increase your child’s risk of having one include:

  • Family history of ADD or ADHD
  • Lead exposure
  • Other environmental toxins
  • Central nervous system problems
  • Maternal alcohol or drug use during pregnancy 
  • Premature birth

The cause of attention-deficit disorders isn’t entirely clear. Your child could have a mood disorder, learning disability, or anxiety disorder along with ADD or ADHD.

How does my child’s provider diagnose attention-deficit disorders?

To find out if your child has an attention-deficit disorder and which type, the Cardinal Pediatrics team reviews your child’s medical history and asks questions about their symptoms. 

Pediatric specialists evaluate your child in the office by completing a physical exam, taking blood tests if needed, and using activities that assess developmental milestones.

How are attention-deficit disorders treated?

Common treatments for attention-deficit disorders include behavioral therapy, medications, and lifestyle changes. The Cardinal Pediatrics team personalizes each ADD/ADHD treatment to give your child the best chance to succeed. They may combine medications with therapy to achieve the best results.

Help your child at home by using to-do lists and establishing a routine. Encourage them to eat nutritious foods, exercise regularly, and get recommended amounts of sleep based on their age.

To find out if your child has an attention-deficit disorder and discover a treatment plan, call the Cardinal Pediatrics office or schedule an appointment online today.