Shocking Study: Toddlers Given ADHD Meds Despite Pediatric Guidelines
A shocking new study found that more than 10,000 toddlers are being prescribed medicine to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This is despite pediatric guidelines that children younger than four years old should not take ADHD medication.
According to a Centers for Disease Control report on Medicaid claims in Georgia,1 in 225 toddlers are medicated for ADHD – that’s 760 cases in the state.
Child psychiatrist Dr. Ed Hallowell weighed in on this alarming topic on Fox and Friends. He said it’s “crazy” that toddlers are being given drugs like Adderall and Ritalin.
“People are looking for a quick solution to the age-old problem of rambunctious little toddlers,” he said. “The solution is not to give them medication. The solution is to play with them, to be with them, to take care of them. Not to give them a pill in the hopes that’ll quiet them down.”
Dr. Hallowell said it’s unclear what the consequences are for medicating children at such a young age. He suspected that doctors are "blindly" prescribing the meds because they're giving in to the demands of their patients. A better solution, he recommended, would be to put away the electronics and encourage human connection.
“Be with your child. Yes, it’s labor intensive … but it’s in no way a call for medication,” he said.