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How old should a child be before it's reliable to diagnose him with adhd?
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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics
8 doctors agree
In brief: Depends, about age 6
In most cases, age 6 is generally the youngest most children are diagnosed with adhd.
As there are such variations in normal childhood behavior, under this age, normal active children may be mislabeled with the condition. However, it is possible to even diagnose a 4 year old if the clinical situation is completely clear and the child has had an evaluation. Best to discuss with your doctor/.

In brief: Depends, about age 6
In most cases, age 6 is generally the youngest most children are diagnosed with adhd.
As there are such variations in normal childhood behavior, under this age, normal active children may be mislabeled with the condition. However, it is possible to even diagnose a 4 year old if the clinical situation is completely clear and the child has had an evaluation. Best to discuss with your doctor/.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Dr. Lisa Roberts
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Dr. Andres R Villar
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: As soon as ....
If the presenting symptoms of inattention, impulsivity and /or hyperactiviy are causing significant impairment, have been present in more than one setting , and for more than 6 months;and if those symptoms are not better expained by another behavioral, developmental or mental illness, that child meets most necessary criteria for the diagnosis.
The sooner we diagnose and treat the better !

In brief: As soon as ....
If the presenting symptoms of inattention, impulsivity and /or hyperactiviy are causing significant impairment, have been present in more than one setting , and for more than 6 months;and if those symptoms are not better expained by another behavioral, developmental or mental illness, that child meets most necessary criteria for the diagnosis.
The sooner we diagnose and treat the better !
Dr. Andres R Villar
Dr. Andres R Villar
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Dr. William Singer
Many children,, especially boys, will be very active and impulsive with short attention spans. It is important to understand the environment in which the child exhibits the symptoms and understand those making the observation. In most cases, physicians are reluctant to make the diagnosis of ADHD in children less than 5 or 6 years of age.
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