Autism spectrum disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder that includes deficits in social interaction and repetitive or restrictive behaviors or interests. We routinely evaluate for this with the MCHAT assessment between 18 and 24 months of age. Management of autism may require therapy support (cognitive behavioral therapy, speech therapy, music therapy) and special accommodations at school or home.
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs that requires close follow up. It is also sometimes called Reactive Airway Disease (RAD). With asthma, the airways go into spasm and become narrow when irritants enter them. This may require the use of an inhaled quick acting medication or daily medications to help keep these symptoms and long-term effects under control. Click here for more information on asthma.
Eczema is a chronic skin condition that causes dry, red, inflamed, and itchy skin. Everyday care for this skin condition includes using a moisturizer on the areas at least twice a day. Certain things can trigger eczema flare ups such as allergies or weather and a steroid cream/ointment may be necessary for these. If you feel as though your child is having an eczema flare up, please schedule an appointment with one of our providers.
Depression and anxiety are mental health disorders that can require extra care and treatment. These can also sometimes cause atypical symptoms such as sleep changes, abdominal pain/vomiting, and other mood changes.
Depression - we routinely assess for depression in ages 12 and above but this can be done at any age if these are concerns.
Anxiety - There are multiple different types of anxiety including generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, separation anxiety disorder, and school avoidance. We can assess for these in the office if concerns arise for any of these issues.
Treatment should include some form of counseling or therapy and sometimes medication. Sometimes mediation is required to treat these as well. Medication can be used as a tool but much of the benefit will come from therapy. We have a referral list of local providers which can aid families in finding a provider that best works for them.
Other helpful things can be mindfulness or deep breathing exercises, support in school and at home (sometimes via a 504 plan), healthy sleep patterns, exercise, and a well-rounded diet.
****The information provided here is intended only as a supplement to the advice and information provided by our providers and nurses during direct patient interactions at Health Care for Children. This information should never take the place of an actual physical examination. Call us today to schedule an appointment or to discuss your concerns with our nursing staff directly.****
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