ADHD at Age 4?

Treatment guidelines for preschoolers

Attention disorders don't suddenly appear when kids enroll in school, of course, but they're hard to spot outside the structured classroom environment. How would you know, for instance, that a child's fidgety inattention isn't just the normal exuberance of youth?

To help parents and doctors figure it out, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released new guidelines for diagnosing and treating attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children as young as 4 and up to age 18. The AAP's previous advice included only kids ages 6 to 12. In younger children, the AAP advises pediatricians to look for evidence of consistent and persistent...

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