ADHD drug therapy for preschoolers in USA

THE American Academy of Pediatrics says children as young as four years can be prescribed stimulants to treat ADHD.

The academy’s diagnosis and treatment guidelines for six- to 12-year-olds with ADHD were last week updated to encompass four- to 18-year-olds.

Methylphenidate may be considered in preschool children with moderate to severe symptoms, it states, in cases where there is no significant improvement after behaviour therapy and starting with a lower dose.

Pediatrics 2011, online 16 Oct