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Behavioral Problems, Pediatric

William G. Elder, PhD Reviewed 06/2018
 


BASICS

DESCRIPTION

Behavior that disrupts at least one area of psychosocial functioning. Commonly reported behavioral problems are as follows: 
  • Noncompliance: active or passive refusal to do as requeste...

DIAGNOSIS

HISTORY

  • Noncompliance: complete history from caregivers and teachers, if applicable; direct observation of child or child–caregiver interaction

    • Criteria are problematic for at least some adu...

TREATMENT

  • General: Educate caregiver about specific behavioral problem.

  • Parent management training programs and techniques are effective for many child behavior problems.

  • Noncompliance: In the case of e...

ONGOING CARE

DIET

Nutrition is very important in behavioral issues. Avoiding high-sugar foods and caffeine and providing balanced meals have been shown to decrease aggressive and noncompliant behaviors...

REFERENCES

1 Potegal M, Davidson RJ. Temper tantrums in young children: 1. Behavioral composition. J Dev Behav Pediatr.  2003;24(3):140–147.  [View Abstract]
2 Bhargava S. Diagnosis and managem...

CODES

ICD10

  • F91.9 Conduct disorder, unspecified

  • F91.1 Conduct disorder, childhood-onset type

  • F91.2 Conduct disorder, adolescent-onset type

  • F91.8 Other conduct disorders

  • F98.0 Enuresis not due to a substanc...

CLINICAL PEARLS

  • Well-child visits provide opportunities for systematic screening for these common conditions.

  • Noncompliance: In extreme child disobedience, child may need to be screened for ADHD, OCD, ...

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