Palm Leaf Pediatrics
Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialists & Pediatricians located in Miami, FL
Over 6 million children in the United States are diagnosed with ADD and ADHD each year. Maria Roberta Moro, MD, at Palm Leaf Pediatrics in Miami ensures your child receives the compassion and care they need to thrive, both now and in the future. Dr. Roberta Moro offers advanced diagnostics for evaluating symptoms of ADD and ADHD. She also works with those in your child’s life to ensure the right resources are in place to help your child succeed. Learn more about diagnosing and treating ADD and ADHD symptoms by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online today.
ADD and ADHD Q & A
What are ADD and ADHD?
Attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are two common childhood conditions that affect the brain and influence your child’s ability to stay focused and on task.
If they have ADD, your child may exhibit symptoms of being easily distracted and not able to pay attention at both home and school. They may also be forgetful and find it difficult to follow direction, often resulting in difficulty in completing homework and classwork and poor grades as a result.
With ADHD, symptoms also include impulsive actions and hyperactivity, making it difficult for your child to sit still. Your child may have a tendency to talk excessively and constantly interrupt others in conversation as well.
When should my child see a doctor for ADD and ADHD symptoms?
In most cases, symptoms of ADD and ADHD occur before your child reaches age 12. It’s important to seek a medical evaluation for symptoms that affect or interfere with your child’s life at home, in school, and during social situations.
Dr. Roberta Moro can assess your child’s symptoms and determine if they relate to ADD or ADHD or are the result of an underlying medical condition. Untreated ADD and ADHD symptoms can lead to additional behavioral problems in your child and result in failure at school, depression, and low self-esteem.
What treatment options are available for ADD and ADHD?
Dr. Roberta Moro and the team at Palm Leaf Pediatrics offer several treatment options to help your child manage symptoms of ADD and ADHD. Initially, she may recommend behavior therapy to give your child the necessary coping skills for dealing with attention difficulties and impulsive thoughts and actions.
When behavior therapy isn’t enough to reduce the severity of ADD and ADHD symptoms, Dr. Roberta Moro may recommend medications. ADD and ADHD medicines can stimulate your child’s brain and reduce episodes of inactivity and lack of focus. She may need to try several medication types to find the right one for your child.
To ensure your child receives comprehensive support for ADD and ADHD, Dr. Roberta Moro can provide resources for your family, your child’s teachers, and other caretakers. She also continues to monitor your child through follow-up visits, regularly assessing how well therapy and medications are working.
Learn more about the available treatment options for ADD and ADHD by calling Palm Leaf Pediatrics or scheduling an appointment online today.