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Preschoolers on ADHD Medication

“My four-year-old son has been diagnosed with ADHD by two pediatric neurologists and one child psychologist. All three have suggested Ritalin. What do you think of putting a preschooler on medication?”

You ask a very good question. There is no easy answer.

My general rule is that if the behaviors – the hyperactivity, distractibility, and impulsivity – significantly interfere with your child’s life, he should be on medication. That is, does his ADHD prevent him from succeeding in a preschool program? Play dates? Within the family? If the answer is yes, then for his sake he should be on medication.

With medication he can be successful and this success will promote improved social and emotional development.

Updated on April 21, 2017

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