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Are you concerned about your youngster's behavior? Does she appear anxious, or does he exhibit anger for no apparent reason? At Royal Oak Pediatric Associates in Marion and Abingdon VA, our physicians prioritize behavioral health. Dr. Anita Henley, Dr. Tara Etter, and Dr. Leesa Lawrence head a caring team that discusses mental and behavioral issues with parents so children get the help they need.
Is behavior health that important?
Frankly, if your child has an undiagnosed and unaddressed behavioral health problem, the issue may follow him or her into adulthood. These issues frequently impact social, professional, and familial functioning and relationships. So, talk to your child's behavioral health specialist in Marion VA about the concerns you have about your child.
Symptoms of a problem
There are many, and they vary from child to child. However, some danger signs include:
- Mood swings
- Poor concentration
- Changes in school performance
- Social withdrawal
Your child's teacher, coach, neighbor, or parent of a friend may see the same problems you do or even observe issues you do not. Environmental problems such as stress in the home (divorce) and bullying at school or on the sports field may initiate or worsen symptoms. Also, your child's physical health, toxins, such as cigarette smoke, and genetics may play a significant role in behavioral health problems.
As the parent, your first step is contacting Royal Oak Pediatric Associates to arrange a physical check-up. Sometimes behavior problems express systemic health issues. When you bring your child into the office, be sure to tell the behavioral health provider in Marion about your concerns and what if anything increases or decreases the severity of the symptoms.
After a complete physical exam, your child's doctor may refer you to a behavior health specialist for further evaluation. Royal Oak Pediatric Associates will remain your child's medical home, coordinating the care he or she needs outside our medical practice.
After a definitive diagnosis, your child may need medication, cognitive/behavior therapy, or a combination of all these modalities.
Common behavioral health problems
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that the most frequent behavioral health diagnosis among American children ages three to 17 is ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Other conditions include:
- OCD, or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Panic attacks
- Autistic spectrum disorders
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
At Royal Oak Pediatric Associates, Dr. Anita Henley, Dr. Tara Etter, and Dr. Leesa Lawrence want all their young patients happy, healthy, and well-functioning. That's why they want to help you with behavioral health problems as soon as they occur. For a compassionate consultation about your concerns, please contact our Marion or Abingdon VA office at (276) 783-8183.
A pediatrician is an integral part of keeping your child healthy and safe while participating in sports. They can answer your questions and address any concerns you may have, as well as recommend certain conditioning and training exercises that can help with injury prevention. Your child should also be wearing the appropriate protective gear including a helmet when playing sports.
Your child should visit a pediatrician right away if you suspect that they have a broken bone, dislocation, concussion, or if they are dealing with severe pain or swelling. If your child is unable to walk or put weight on the affected leg, this is also a sign to see a pediatrician as soon as possible. The sooner sports injuries are addressed and properly treated the better.
- At birth: this is performed right away on your child, as part of the newborn physical assessment.
- 6 months: your pediatrician evaluates your child’s eyes at their regular appointment.
- 3.5 years old: at your child’s appointment, the pediatrician tests their eyes and also their visual acuity.
- 5 years old: a standard assessment performed at a pediatric appointment.
- Your child doesn’t keep or make eye contact
- They don’t respond to your facial expressions or smiles
- Does not reciprocate facial expressions or have the appropriate ones
- Doesn’t respond to parent’s pointing
- Has problems making friends
- Shows a lack of concern for others
- Your child hasn’t spoken by 16 months
- Repeats or parrots what others say
- Doesn’t feel the need or want to communicate
- Starts missing language and social milestones after 15 months
- Doesn’t pretend play but does have a good memory for numbers, songs, and letters
- Has an affinity for routines and schedules and does not like altering them
- Likes to twirl their fingers, sway, rock, or spin
- Has strange activities that they enjoy doing repeatedly
- They are sensitive to sounds, lights, touch, textures, and smells
- They are more interested in the parts of a toy instead of the whole thing
- Sore throat
- Noticeably bigger tonsils
- Pain or problems with swallowing
- Yellow or white patches coating the throat and tonsils
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
- Foul breath
- Stiff neck
- A scratchy or rough voice
- Stomach pain