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what types of children are at higher risk for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
42 years experience Child Psychiatry
Varies: Risk factors: family history of adhd, premature birth, substance abuse (especially stimulants and alcohol) during pregnancy, smoking during pregnancy, children with complicated deliveries. Adhd also can be a result of expsure to toxins such as lead, mercury, or other heavy metals.
Answered on Apr 13, 2016
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
49 years experience Pediatrics
In a recent report, babies born at less than 38 weeks are at higher risk for ADHD
Aug 14, 2012
Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
A partial list: First, adhd is highly heritable, so having a parent or sibling who has adhd or a family history of adhd is the most common set-up. Then comes prematurity; the smaller the baby, the higher the risk of adhd. Many genetic syndromes are associated with with adhd, giving researchers the opportunity to look at the genes involved with adhd. Less common are brain infections or injuries.
Answered on May 21, 2017
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Provided original answer
Thank you and Dr. Elliott for emphasizing that important risk.
Oct 20, 2012
Dr. William Holmes
33 years experience Child Psychiatry
Would also add that children who have been exposed to a variety of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco during pregnancy are at higher risk for ADHD.
Oct 20, 2012

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