Kids Drugs Mental Health
"But preschoolers, because of their vulnerability, need special
assessment," he tells WebMD. "It behooves doctors to go the extra mile
to diagnose the problem. There are some very effective behavioral treatments
that can help young children."
There's risk involved in prescribing for these very young kids, says
Bukstein. "They have considerably more side effects to these [psychiatric]
medications. They also don't have the same response rate to the drug that older
Patients in his clinic are involved in two multisite studies looking at
preschoolers' response to medications.
Keep in mind, he says, "medication alone often does not solve a child's
problems. If the child does have ADHD, stimulants may be the single best
treatment, but behavioral therapy does have an additional effect. It adds to
the medication's efficacy. Kids who get therapy often don't have to take as
high of doses."
Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD, August 22,