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What is Autism?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or autism, is a developmental disability that can cause significant communication, communication, and behavioral challenges. The thinking, learning, and problem-solving abilities of individuals with autism can range from gifted to severely challenged. Some individuals with autism need only a bit of help in their daily lives; others need more. While there's no cure for autism, early treatment can make a big difference in the lives of many children.
ASD is the fastest growing serious, developmental disability, affecting an estimated one out of 59 kids in America. Autism begins in early childhood and eventually causes problems functioning in society — at work, in school, and socially, for example. Often kids show symptoms of autism within the first year. Autism impacts how people perceive and socialize with others, causing problems in social interaction and communication.
Autism can look different in different people. Kids with autism have a hard time interacting with others. Social skills difficulties are some of the most common signs. A child with ASD might want to have close relationships but not know how. Most have some problems with communication. Kids with ASD also act in ways that seem unusual. Examples of this can include repetitive behaviors like jumping, hand-flapping, constant moving, fixations on certain objects, fussy eating habits, impulsiveness, and aggressive behavior.
The exact cause of ASD is not known, but it's believed that genetic and environmental factors are involved. Research shows that ASD tends to run in families. Changes in certain genes increase the risk that a child with develop autism. Research also shows that certain environmental influences may increase autism risk in people who are genetically predisposed to the disorder. Researchers are exploring whether certain factors such as medications, viral infections, or complications during pregnancy play a role in triggering ASD.
Treatment options may include nutritional therapy, physical therapy, behavior and communication therapies, educational therapies, family therapies, and medications. No medication can improve the core signs of ASD, but specific medications can help control symptoms. For example, antipsychotic drugs are sometimes used to treat severe behavioral problems; certain medications may be prescribed if your child is hyperactive; and antidepressants may be prescribed for anxiety.
Autism can impact your child's quality of life. If you think your child may have autism, find a pediatrician near you and schedule a consultation. Proper diagnosis and treatment of autism can help your child live a happier, more successful life. The earlier children with autism get help, the greater their chance of treatment success.
Wondering if your child has an allergy? An allergy involves an overreaction by your immune system, often to harmless substances such as pollen or foods. Dr. Nasreen Majid and Dr. Susan Hirata at LaCanada Pediatrics PC in Las Vegas, NV, provide treatments for children with allergies. Here are some general tips to help distinguish an allergy.
Check your child's symptoms
If you're not sure if your child has a cold or an allergy, inventory their symptoms. If the list encompasses a low-grade fever, yellow or greenish mucus, coughing or joint and muscle, then it's more likely a cold. But if your child has watery, red or itchy eyes; sneezing; clear nasal discharge; or their ears or throat feel scratchy -- then they may have an allergy.
Timing is everything
The duration and time of year your child's symptoms occur can be strong clues to identifying their root cause. If your child's symptoms have lasted for a few weeks or a few months, they are probably dealing with an allergy. If your child's symptoms get worse in the spring or fall when pollen counts are higher, then it's more likely to be an allergy. Seasonal allergies mean just what they say; they come and go with the seasons.
Visit with your child's Las Vegas doctor
If allergy symptoms continue to bother your child and at-home treatments fail to work, or if you're still unable to tell if your child has an allergy, then it's time to see a doctor for an evaluation. Your child's pediatrician can conduct allergy tests and offer treatment that produces the best results. Treatments for allergies include allergy medications and allergy shots.
Allergies can affect your child's day-to-day activities and make life frustrating and miserable. Don't wait another minute -- call LaCanada Pediatrics PC at (702) 796-1820 right now to schedule an appointment in Las Vegas, NV. We will provide all the relief your child needs, with relatively little hassle or expense.