Getting a Handle on Your Child's Behavioral Health Problems

It’s not uncommon for a child to act up, but sometimes their behavior can be indicative of more than just growing pains.

One in six children in the United States between the ages two and eight were diagnosed with a mental, behavioral or developmental disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but they are even more prevalent among children aged 6 to 11. The most commonly diagnosed mental disorders are ADHD, anxiety problems, behavior problems and depression.

If a child is experiencing a behavioral issue, it’s important to start treatment early but such treatment is most effective when it fits the specific needs of the child and the family, the CDC says.

As part of its commitment to helping the parents of the Rio Grande Valley stay on top of their child’s health, South Texas Health System Children’s will dedicate its next “Let’s Talk Children’s Health” webinar to educating parents on behavioral issues in children. The free online seminar will focus on the different kinds of disorders and how to manage them.

Watch Live on the STHS Facebook Page on September 20

South Texas Health System Children’s is the first freestanding pediatric hospital in the Rio Grande Valley. Opened in March 2006, the 107-bed hospital features the region’s only exclusive pediatric emergency department, a Joint Commission-certified asthma program and access to physicians in many specialty areas.

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