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By White Oak Pediatrics
December 16, 2020
Category: Child Health
Tags: ADHD  

According to a 2016 study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 6.1 million have been diagnosed with ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. If you suspect that your child has ADHD, you can consult with your pediatrician here at White Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, for an ADHD diagnosis and early intervention.

Despite the increasing cases of ADHD, however, it’s still a very misunderstood condition that’s gaslighted by myths like “adults can’t have ADHD” and “you are not hyper, so you cannot have ADHD." The fact is that ADHD is a very complex condition with various symptoms that can persist or morph throughout adulthood. With that said, below are some ADHD FAQs to help you learn more about the condition.

What Exactly is ADHD?

According to the DSM-V, ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is characterized by a chronic pattern of impulsivity or hyperactivity and/or inattention that significantly impacts development and executive functioning. Its symptoms typically manifest in several settings, like home, school, and work, or in relationships, which interfere with occupational, social, personal, and/or academic functioning.

What Are The Symptoms and Types of ADHD?

  • Primarily Hyperactive/Impulsive ADHD: Individuals who have this ADHD type usually squirm, fidget, and greatly struggle to stay still. They typically have a hard time controlling their selves, often blurt out answers, and interrupt others. Likewise, they seem to act like they’re driven by a motor so they move/run and/talk incessantly.
  • Primarily Inattentive ADHD: Individuals who have inattentive ADHD commonly make mistakes since they struggle to maintain attention, organize activities and tasks, and follow detailed directions. They’re excessively forgetful, usually lose things, and are distracted easily by external stimuli.
  • Combined ADHD: Individuals in this category present six or more characteristics of impulsivity and hyperactivity as well as characteristics of inattention.

What is The ADHD Diagnosis Like?

Although there’s no single test used for diagnosing ADHD, your pediatrician in Raleigh, NC, will perform several interviews, evaluations, and assessment tools to determine whether or not an individual has ADHD.

Is ADHD Curable?

ADHD isn’t curable, but is treatable and manageable, given the right supports and accommodations. This means that even if your child is under treatment, he or she will still have ADHD, but will be able to control the negative symptoms of ADHD. In this light, a proper and continuous treatment that involves stimulant prescription medicines, proper therapies, and lifestyle modifications is a must.

Reach Out to Us For More Details, Concerns, Questions, or Advice on ADHD

Book an evaluation here at White Oak Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, by calling (919) 787-0266.

By White Oak Pediatrics
November 25, 2020
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Breastfeeding  

Newsweek reports that breastfeeding is invaluable, providing infants important immunoglobulins, a natural defense against communicable disease. At White Oak Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, our five pediatricians and their staff encourage moms to continue nursing through the age of six months and beyond. Here's what you should know about nursing your newborn so you feel confident and your baby content and thriving.

Nutrition and overall health

Breast milk provides your baby nutrition practically perfect for his or her developing brain and body. It simplifies newborn digestion and, according to the US office for Women's health, protects against a myriad of health problems, including:

  • Communicable diseases, such as the common cold and flu
  • Allergies and eczema
  • Ear infections
  • GI problems, such as diarrhea
  • Childhood obesity

Additionally, as mom produces a milk supply and feeds her baby, her uterus returns to its pre-pregnancy size, and she sheds excess "baby weight" more easily and quickly. Even emotional and mental health improves as nursing moms experience less postpartum depression.

Bonding

Healthline cites research which indicates that both pre-term and full-term infants experience less learning and behavioral problems when they are breastfed. Scientists attribute this developmental boost to the increased touch and face-to-face contact between mom and baby on a consistent basis.

Nursing can be easier

Breastfeeding frees parents from the financial expense of formula. Milk supply is continuous and always available. There's no need to run to the store, track how much the baby consumes each day, or warm bottles when you're on the go.

Other important information

At White Oak Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, our pediatricians advocate breastfeeding. However, they understand that many parents have many questions or concerns about how to successfully breastfeed, how to overcome problems with latching on or continuing to nurse when returning to work or other commitments outside the home.

We're here for you

At White Oak Pediatrics, we wish you the best as you embark on breastfeeding your baby. We have a nurse triage phone line to answer your questions, educational resources on nursing, and of course, the care and wisdom of our experienced pediatricians and their team.

Call White Oak Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC with any questions or concerns you may have in at (919) 787-0266.

By White Oak Pediatrics
August 03, 2020
Category: Child Safety
Tags: Sports Physicals  

Here’s why a sports physical is not something your child should skip out on.

If your child is planning to play sports, it’s important to know whether they are healthy enough to participate in sports. Chances are good that your child or teen’s school requires that they get a physical before the season begins. If so, our Raleigh NC pediatricians at White Oak Pediatrics offer sports physicals all year round for children and teens who are ready to start a new athletic season. Is it the first time getting a sports physical? Here’s what you and your child should know.

Sports physicals in Raleigh prevent injuries

Your little athlete wants to be able to play sports as long as possible and our pediatricians want that as well. One of the reasons a sports physical is so important is that it allows our Raleigh NC doctors to be able to fully examine the muscles, joints, bones, and soft tissue of your child’s body. This gives them the chance to detect past injuries that you or your child may not even realize have happened.

By catching these problems early, we can often fix them so they don’t impact your child’s performance. Plus, our team can also show your child proper conditioning, stretching, and strengthening activities that they should do before playing to prevent injuries.

Sports physicals could detect health problems

You may think that if your child had asthma or a health problem that you would probably know about it; however, this isn’t always the case. Sure, your child may seem rather winded after playing in the backyard, but that’s normal right? Maybe not. Children who may seem winded or gassed easily after physical activity could have asthma. By coming in once a year for a Raleigh sports physical we can catch chronic health problems like heart disease or asthma and provide your child with the medication and specialized care they need to keep them healthy.

Sports physicals should be performed every year

Your child seems to be doing just fine and hasn’t sustained an injury, so that means they probably don’t need a sports physical this year, right? Wrong. Even if your child is the epitome of picture-perfect health, a sports physical is always a good idea. Your child’s school may even make it mandatory for all children to get one at least once a year before the training season begins.

Don’t wait until the last minute for your child’s sports physical. Schedule an appointment with our Raleigh NC doctors about 4-8 weeks before the season begins to ensure that your child gets the checkup they need before heading out on the field. Call White Oak Pediatrics at (919) 787-0266 to schedule your child’s visit.

If your child is dealing with asthma, our pediatricians can provide them with long-term relief.

Raleigh, NC, pediatricians have helped countless children and teens find the right medications and strategies to manage their asthma symptoms. Of course, it isn’t always as easy as one might think to spot the symptoms and signs of asthma. It may warrant a trip to our office if your child is displaying any of these symptoms,

  • Gasping for air or having trouble breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing (or an audible whistling sound) when breathing in
  • Complaining of tightness or pressure in their chest
  • Symptoms that get worse with a cold or viral infection
  • Chronic and persistent cough that may get worse at night
  • Being easily winded, tired, and out of breath during physical activity
  • Fatigue, especially if symptoms keep them up at night

It’s important to bring your child in for an evaluation if they are displaying any of these symptoms associated with asthma. Older children may be able to tell you that their “chest feels tight” or that they have trouble getting a full breath. Once your child has received a definitive diagnosis from one of our pediatricians, we can create a treatment plan to help them get their symptoms under control.

How is Asthma Treated?

In order to control asthma symptoms and to prevent an attack, your pediatrician will most likely prescribe two types of medications,

  • A daily, long-term medication such as an inhaled corticosteroid, which reduces inflammation in the airways to lessen symptoms.
  • A fast-acting medication that is only used when a child feels symptoms of an attack coming on. This quick-relief medication can prevent a full-blown attack by targeting the early warning signs right away.

Your child’s treatment plan will also include:

  • Knowing their asthma triggers and avoiding these triggers as much as possible
  • Recognizing the signs of an asthma attack and knowing how to respond
  • Knowing when to get emergency treatment or to see a pediatrician for care

Can My Child Receive Care Right Now?

Dealing with worsening asthma symptoms, especially right now, can be particularly scary; however, our Raleigh, NC, medical team at White Oak Pediatrics is still providing care to children and teens at this time. We are minimizing exposure by having families remain in their cars until the exam rooms are ready. Our well-child checkups are happening the morning and sick visits are occurring in the afternoon.

If you need a refill on your child’s asthma medication or have questions about any new asthma symptoms they may be experiencing, we are also scheduling telehealth appointment for non-urgent care and follow-ups. To schedule an appointment at White Oak Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, please call (919) 787-0266.

By White Oak Pediatrics
February 21, 2020
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Immunizations  

As one of the most reliable treatments in contemporary pediatry, childhood immunizations protect babies, children, and teens from a number of life-threatening communicable diseases. Here at White Oak Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, your team of five caring pediatricians and their support staff offer childhood immunizations following schedules set by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (APA).

What immunizations do

Your child's routine "shots" boost their immune system, the natural defense against disease. By injecting a minute amount of live or weakened micro-organisms, your child's vaccines stimulate the production of antibodies that combat sicknesses of all kinds.

Additionally, routinely administered immunizations create what epidemiologists call herd immunity. If enough individuals are vaccinated, the community at large receives protection because far fewer people become sick. For premature infants, chronically ill children or others who cannot receive immunizations for medical reasons, herd immunity proves invaluable.

Finally, immunizations have eradicated devastating diseases such as smallpox worldwide and polio, measles, and rubella in the United States. Aside from stopping the terrible effects on the sick individual, elimination of communicable diseases also protects pregnant mothers and their babies yet to be born.

Immunization schedules

Your friends at White Oak Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, provide immunizations during well-child visits. They also keep and provide the documentation of vaccines that schools, daycare, colleges, sports teams, and other organizations require. Of course, the doctors wish to educate parents on the values of immunizations and are happy to answer questions and concerns.

Our Raleigh pediatric office follows the schedules outlined by the CDC and APA:

  • 0 to 6 years
  • 7 to 18 years
  • Catch-up schedules for children who have started their vaccines late or who are behind by a month or more

Vaccines prevent disease

White Oak Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, is your child's medical home, partnering with you to keep your child healthy and growing. Call us today for your next well-child visit: (919) 787-0266.





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