Category Archives: Children

ADHD drugs increasingly prescribed to treat hyperactivity in pre-schoolers

A fifth of educational psychologists say they know of children being given medication even though guidelines say other methods should be tried first

An “alarming” number of pre-school children are being prescribed drugs to treat hyperactivity – contrary to medical guidelines that say they should not be used on children under six – because overstretched health workers go straight to medication rather than offering psychological interventions.

More than a fifth of educational psychologists say they know of preschool children who are being given medication such as Ritalin even though the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) recommends psychological interventions should be tried first.

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Child soldiers in Central African Republic more than doubled, says charity

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Sierra Leone’s Ebola orphans are the forgotten victims of the crisis

The number of children who have lost their parents to the virus is rapidly growing and they badly need our support Continue reading…
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