Summer is the Time to Solve Your Child’s Behavioral Problems

Do you feel like your child’s personality has been submerged beneath some chronic tendencies lately? Perhaps you cannot contain their excitement at an arcade or other high-load environment to the extent that discipline and rational conversation about rules and time limits are futile. On a weekend night, you can’t even go out to eat because they slam into the chair over and over again as if it is a bouncy house, shaking the table, scaring away other customers.

At school, the teacher reports behavioral problems and social isolation. Your child is smart, with a great vocabulary and quick wit, but unable to stay focused long enough to complete assignments. They may worry about more than other kids, constantly asking you about perceived threats or concerns. The anxiety could interfere with sleep and cause them the miss meals.

If your child is around 8 years old and has become increasingly enveloped by these tendencies at the expense of their personality, intellectual, and social development the summer is a perfect time to make changes and find out what is creating this fog around their being.

The hypothetical child above could be dealing with ADHD. We’ve all heard about this condition, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; it’s possible that because of rumors about unnecessary, kneejerk diagnoses, we believe we can outmaneuver it with parenting. Unfortunately, it is a real condition, a complex of related behaviors as compared to the age group.

Can an Urgent Care Clinic Help?

Our physicians follow a standard protocol

Assess family and personal history

Clinical assessments including physical, nutritional, and behavioral areas

Diagnose related conditions and rule out others

Discuss medication options if necessary

What should I try in the meantime?

Maintaining a structured schedule with physical activity, balanced nutrition, and a fixed bedtime can help reduce symptoms. Finding environments that have a calming effect without too much visual or auditory distraction may help cerebral tasks.

Poor sleep and nutrition can exacerbate, and in extreme cases mimic ADHD.

Documenting your child’s good and bad days can be valuable for you and your doctor when assessing progress.

Why is summer the best time to find a solution?

Starting a new medication can be disruptive during a school year. Routine is important alongside medication. It can take a couple of months to find the proper dosage, medicine combination and settle into the routine that is best for your child. Dosages can vary say between 5 and 15 mg depending on your child’s metabolism and observed side effects.

There are plenty of cases in which a child’s behavior and social problems are corrected without medicine or with a short stint and commensurate life changes. Come in for an assessment this summer and find out what is holding back your child.

Emily Perry