Growth & development


Child growth & development

So many parents are concerned about their child’s development, not just physically but mentally and emotionally as well. Poor growth and a lack of essential vitamins can impair your child’s development. Parents may even feel helpless at times when their child struggles to grasp concepts and perform academically. Learning difficulties, ADHD, speech and developmental delays are issues that affect the growth and development of children.

What is attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

ADHD is a cognitive disorder that causes impulsivity and hyperactivity in children. It’s highly likely that genetics plays a role in the susceptibility of ADHD.

What are the signs of ADHD in children?

Inattentiveness, poor concentration and forgetfulness characterise ADHD.

Your child may have ADHD if he or she experiences the following symptoms:

  • Unable to sit still
  • Interrupts people while they talk
  • Struggles to concentrate and complete tasks
What does the diagnosis involve?

An accurate diagnosis for ADHD is vital, as, at times, language delays and autism spectrum disorder are mistaken for ADHD. Although there’s no specific test for ADHD, Dr Vahed will evaluate your child's symptoms. She gathers information, evaluation reports and assessments from teachers and parents. Based on this data, she uses a rating scale to review your child’s symptoms.

What does treatment involve?

Talk therapy, behavioural therapy and medication are forms of treatment for ADHD in children. Some medications restore chemical balance within the brain and minimise hyperactivity and inattention in children with ADHD. Although ADHD medication has numerous benefits, it also has side effects.

It’s essential to encourage your child to eat a healthy diet, exercise for at least an hour each day, get enough sleep, minimise screen time and practise yoga or tai chi to relieve ADHD symptoms.

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