ADHD is an acronym for Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a common disorder which can extend from childhood to adolescence and even into adulthood. The common symptoms can include over-activity, difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior etc. Children with ADHD have difficulties getting along and mingling with other children. They are often very quiet and could be overlooked by both parents and teachers. Often parents do not recognize that their ward is suffering from ADHD.
ADHD is a neurodevelopment disorder and is commonly treated with a stimulant medication. However there are concerns that such stimulant drugs could cause damage in the long run and can stunt the child’s development and growth. However a new study has revealed that such types of medicines have very little effect on the child’s health and development.
The latest study shows that stimulant medication taken by ADHD children does not affect the final height in adulthood. The study was published in the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) journal Pediatrics.
According to latest figures released by American Psychiatric Association, 5% of children have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).However experts opine that the numbers in US could be much higher and according to recent surveys 11% of children between the age of 4-17 have been diagnosed as suffering with ADHD totaling a whopping 6.4 million.
ADHD is a serious condition and potential risk factors include brain damage, environmental exposures, smoking and drug abuse during pregnancy, premature delivery and low birth rate.
It is often said that giving a stimulant to an overactive child could be harmful but a particular type of stimulant is the most common drug prescribe for ADHD and it has a calming effect on the child.
According to the CDC, between 70-80% of children with ADHD respond positively to such medications.
To clear the fears that stimulants have an adverse on the growth of the ADHD child, researchers examined 340 children with ADHD born in between 1976 to 1982 and compared their final height in adulthood with a control group of 680 children who did not have ADHD. The researchers found that neither ADHD nor stimulant treatment was associated with final height in adulthood.