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Yes, a pediatrician can diagnose and treat ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) in children. Pediatricians are trained to identify the symptoms of ADD/ADHD and can prescribe medications, such as stimulants, to help manage the symptoms.
In addition to medication, pediatricians may also recommend behavioral therapy and/or lifestyle changes to help children with ADD/ADHD. These can include things like establishing routines, creating a structured environment, and incorporating exercise and healthy eating habits.
If a child’s symptoms are particularly severe or do not respond to initial treatment, the pediatrician may refer the child to a specialist, such as a child psychiatrist or psychologist, for further evaluation and treatment.