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What can make a mother more likely to have a child with ADHD?

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Pregnant women who smoke or drink alcohol may have a higher risk of having a child with ADHD. Exposure to lead, PCBs, or pesticides may also play a role. Researchers say toxins may interfere with brain development, leading to hyperactivity, impulsive behavior, and trouble paying attention.

Children born with a low birth weight, premature, or whose mothers had tough pregnancies have higher odds of having ADHD, too. The same is true for children with injuries to the brain’s frontal lobe.

SOURCES:

CHADD: "What Causes ADHD?;" ”Causes and Brain Chemistry;” and “New Understandings of ADHD.”

The ADHD Genetic Research Study at the National Institutes of Health and the National Health Genome Research Institute: "General Information about ADHD" and “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.”

Mayo Clinic: “Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 07, 2019

SOURCES:

CHADD: "What Causes ADHD?;" ”Causes and Brain Chemistry;” and “New Understandings of ADHD.”

The ADHD Genetic Research Study at the National Institutes of Health and the National Health Genome Research Institute: "General Information about ADHD" and “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.”

Mayo Clinic: “Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 07, 2019

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