Sacoto Pediatrics in Falls Church, VA, is here to help if you're concerned about your child's behavior. The behavior of your child is likely to change all the time, and most children have erratic behavior at some point, so how do you know when to be concerned? Our pediatricians can help determine if your child's behavior is truly disordered.
Parents spend so much time and energy worrying about their child's physical health, but their behavioral health is just as important to their growth and development. Behavioral health encompasses mental and emotional health. Behavioral issues affect everything in your child's life from relationships to schoolwork. The earlier problems are diagnosed, the better chance your child receives effective treatment. Unfortunately, there are many cases that go undiagnosed into adulthood. Most children with behavioral health issues are diagnosed with one of the following:
- ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)
- Mood disorders (including bipolar)
Symptoms of these disorders can appear in children as young as the toddler age. It's important to see a doctor as soon as your child's behavior causes you concern. Our pediatricians are skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of common behavioral issues. Come see us in Falls Church, VA, to make sure your child gets the right treatment.
If your child is diagnosed with behavioral or mental health issues, there are a variety of treatments available. With your support and the right pediatrician, your child can still have healthy growth and development.
Treatment for behavioral issues usually starts with therapy or counseling. Family therapy may be recommended for very young children. Medication can help patients cope with some symptoms of a disorder, but should never be the main treatment for a behavioral issue. Counseling and cognitive behavioral therapy help teach your child healthy habits and coping mechanisms.
If you are concerned about your child's behavior, the pediatricians of Sacoto Pediatrics can help with diagnosis and treatment. Contact us for an appointment in Falls Church, VA, at (703) 820-1951.