With school right around the corner, many parents are beginning to think about what lies ahead for their child academically, and how they will perform in comparison to last school year. Each year is unique, as is each child, and we are here to help. At CentreSpring MD, we are geared up and ready to help you tackle the challenges that lie ahead this school year. Whether you child has been diagnosed with ADHD, or simply needs a little extra support to stay on track, we offer many solutions for what can be a complex challenge to navigate.

In the integrative and functional medicine world, you will always hear us talking about nutrition, nutrition, nutrition! This couldn’t be more true when it comes to having what it takes to fuel a young brain. Many children have gaps in their nutrient status that can be addressed, and in turn, their ability to focus often improves.

Magnesium, zinc, B-complex vitamins, and omega three fatty acids are just a few things to check early on (or even prior to if you are able) in the school year. If your child has had the NutrEval test, we can always look back and determine which nutrients have been needed in the past, and retest to see how your child is doing. It is important to remember that children are growing and their needs will vary over time, so being diligent and reassessing is important to keep them on track.

During the school year, stress can build, which negatively impacts the delicate balance of healthy bacteria in a child’s gut.  This alone can cause disruptions in nutrient absorption and the gut-brain connection. We always aim to support through diet, targeted nutrition, and high-quality probiotics. We also offer laser acupuncture for children having a difficult time with focus, and we always assess the root cause. There are times when medication is warranted, and we work with parents to keep their child on the lowest effective dose for the shortest duration possible. We of course offer alternatives for those parents looking to avoid medications at all costs. Often, we find that once we help patients address and overcome some of the underlying anxiety that is occurring in the classroom, our patients see improvements. By addressing nutritional deficiencies and applying targeted nutrition, working with the family to address any underlying emotional components, and giving our patients tools to decrease anxiety, we are able to help many children and families stay on track.

We are also excited to offer Quotient testing this year! Quotient is a noninvasive test that uses advanced motion tracking technology which measures core symptoms of ADHD. Quotient is an FDA cleared device which is highly useful and accurate in assessing fluctuations in attention. If you have any questions regarding Quotient testing or are curious about our approach to help your child excel this school year, please reach out, we are here to partner with you on this journey!

Stephanie Finn is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Registered Nurse at the CentreSpring MD. She is dedicated to providing compassionate and holistic healthcare and promoting pediatric wellness.

Email appointments@centrespringmd.com to schedule a visit with Stephanie Finn.

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