ADHD medication and kids

More than 10,000 toddlers in the United States are being medicated for ADHD

In a report presented in May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that more than 10,000 toddlers in the United States are being medicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). According to The New York Times, “the American Academy of Pediatrics standard practices guidelines for ADHD do not even address the diagnosis in children 3 and younger.” This report is the latest to raise concerns about ADHD diagnosis and medication for children in the U.S. A survey released by the CDC in 2013 found that 11 percent of children ages 4 to 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD and that one in five boys will receive the diagnosis during childhood.

I spoke with Amy L. Garlove, M.D., pediatrician at Norton Children’s Hospital Medical Associates – Brownsboro, to get her thoughts about diagnosing ADHD and what parents should do if they believe their child may have ADHD.

 


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