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This is a normal habit in newborns that typically goes away around 6-7 months; however, this seemingly innocuous habit may actually be a cause for concern if thumb sucking continues beyond 2-4 years, where it can alter the shape of the face or cause teeth to stick out.
Many children desire a pacifier between feedings, but this should not be a replacement for feedings. It’s important to recognize when your child is sucking because they are hungry and whether they merely want to self-soothe. If your child still has an urge to suck and they don’t need to nurse, then a pacifier is a safe way to soothe and ease your child’s needs (if they want it).
- Do not tease or punish your child for using a pacifier, but instead praise them when they do not use it. Provide them with rewards when they go without it.
- Some children use pacifiers out of boredom, so give your child something to do to distract them such as playing with a game or toy (to keep their hands busy).
- If incentives and rewards aren’t enough and your child is still using a pacifier, your pediatrician may recommend a “thumb guard” that can prevent your child from sucking their thumb. While you may feel in a rush to get rid of your child’s pacifier, it’s important to be patient. All children eventually stop this habit.
ADHD manifests itself in children as inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and inappropriate social behavior. It is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders diagnosed in about 4% to 12% of all children, according to the CDC.
There are three main classifications of ADHD: Inattentive Presentation, Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation, and a combination of both. Boys are twice to thrice as likely as girls to have hyperactive or combined ADHD. Children who have ADHD may struggle to pay attention, remember details, or sit quietly. In school, this can lead to learning difficulties and misunderstood behavior.
The pediatricians of Virginia Pediatric Group want you to recognize the symptoms of ADHD in children so you can empathize with your child if they are struggling. Visit the Virginia Pediatric Group in Fairfax, VA, to diagnose your child and find treatment options.
Symptoms of ADHD in Children
The symptoms of ADHD in children, most typically, are behaviors associated with hyperactivity, impulsiveness, and inattentiveness. Children with ADHD may exhibit behaviors such as:
- Fidgeting, not sitting still
- Forgetting details, losing things
- Talking out of turn
- Putting themselves in danger with careless mistakes
- Inability to complete tasks
- Poor organizational skills
It is important to recognize that all children can display any one of these symptoms, but that does not mean they have ADHD. Children are naturally full of energy and will mistakes as they grow-up. When these symptoms manifest frequently, hindering their ability to learn and socialize, treatment may be recommended by your Fairfax pediatrician. The pediatricians of Virginia Pediatric Group will devise a treatment plan that meets the needs of your child to help manage their ADHD.
Treating ADHD in Children
Treatment for ADHD can involve a combination of psychostimulant medication and psychosocial treatment. Medication is used to balance the chemicals that cause impulsiveness and distraction. Medication can help children focus, improving school work and social skills. For psychosocial treatment, parents, teachers, and children can learn how to manage behaviors and approach certain situations complicated by attention deficits or hyperactivity. You and your child can learn the skills to manage ADHD. ADHD can affect a child well into adulthood, learning how to manage it now will save them in the future.
If you have any questions about ADHD in children, please call the Virginia Pediatric Group at (703) 573-2432. Your child may be suffering from ADHD if they frequently exhibit the symptoms described here. Get help from a skilled child doctor in Fairfax, VA, at Virginia Pediatric Group.
- Frequent urination, particularly at night
- Excessive thirst or hunger
- Weight loss, despite increased appetite
- Cuts, bruises, and wounds that don’t heal or are slow to heal
Unlike type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes symptoms usually appear gradually. While type 2 diabetes has always been considered “adult-onset” diabetes, this has changed over the years, thanks to the obesity epidemic in children. If your child is obese or overweight, they may be at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Symptoms of type 2 diabetes are similar to type 1 diabetes, the only marked differences in symptoms are,
- Blurry vision
- Severe fatigue
- Tingling or numbness in the hands and feet
Even though there is no cure for diabetes, there are ways that your child’s pediatrician can help manage their symptoms. The goal of treatment is to control blood sugar levels to prevent complications and lessen symptoms.
- A popping or snapping sound at the moment of impact or injury
- Trouble straightening out the limb or affected area
- Unable to put weight on the area
- Limited range of motion or unable to move normally
First, your pediatrician will run X-rays to determine the location and severity of the break. Your doctor will place a splint or cast around the broken bone to provide support and stabilization and to restrict certain movements that could impede healing.
- Increased urgency to urinate, even if there is no output
- Cloudy or strong-smelling urine
- A decreased output of urine
- Children may complain of a burning sensation when urinating
- Older children may complain of lower stomach or back pain
- Younger children may cry when urinating
- Wetting the bed
If your child is showing symptoms of a UTI you must see your pediatrician right away. A simple urine sample is all that’s needed to be able to detect the presence of bacteria. We can examine the urine sample under the microscope and provide results in a matter of minutes. The kind of bacteria that’s present will help us determine the type of antibiotics we will prescribe.
It’s important to seek treatment right away, as untreated UTIs can lead to more serious problems including kidney infections, abscesses, and sepsis. Your pediatrician can prescribe antibiotics. Your child should also be getting plenty of fluids during the course of their treatment to help flush out bacteria.