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What are the symptoms ADHD in a 3year old child?

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Dr. Andres R Villar
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree

In brief: Same

The symptoms of adhd are the same , innatention, hyperactivity and impulsivity, however diagnosing a three year old with adhd raises some eyebrows, symptoms could be severe enough that might merit a diagnosis, but see a behavioral psychologist or a developmental pediatrician, before someone talks you into medications.

In brief: Same

The symptoms of adhd are the same , innatention, hyperactivity and impulsivity, however diagnosing a three year old with adhd raises some eyebrows, symptoms could be severe enough that might merit a diagnosis, but see a behavioral psychologist or a developmental pediatrician, before someone talks you into medications.
Dr. Andres R Villar
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Dr. Patricia Foster
Agree with not rushing to meds in a 3 year old. Parents often at wit's end with a hyperactive, impulsive child. Would work on parenting strategies, eg., limit-setting, connect with teachers if in pre-k, daycare. A team approach can help. Parents often need lots of guidance/support.
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Confusing

Diagnosing adhd in a 3 year old is difficult and should only be done by a child psychiatrist or developmental pediatrician.
At such an early age, other disorders can look like adhd and developmental disabilities should be excluded first. These children usually have significant hyperactivity, marked impulsivity and diminished need for sleep. They may also have delayed speech.

In brief: Confusing

Diagnosing adhd in a 3 year old is difficult and should only be done by a child psychiatrist or developmental pediatrician.
At such an early age, other disorders can look like adhd and developmental disabilities should be excluded first. These children usually have significant hyperactivity, marked impulsivity and diminished need for sleep. They may also have delayed speech.
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
You are so right. Toddlers & pre-schoolers with delayed language also lag in developing internal dialogue, as in, " If I do x, y will happen". Also, receptive/expressive language is the developmental domain most closely related to cognition. All young kids with disruptive behavior disorders need assessments of overall development & autism-specific testing thru Early Intervention or Child Find.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Disruptive behavior

in toddlers & pre-schoolers is seen in many Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
With a strong family history of ADHD or history of prenatal exposure to drugs or alcohol, early-onset ADHD is more likely. Till age 5, an attention span of 3-4 minutes is normal. 6/9 significant symptoms of Hyperactivity/Impulsivity that cause harmful dysfunction at preschool & home for at least 6 months may indicate ADHD

In brief: Disruptive behavior

in toddlers & pre-schoolers is seen in many Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
With a strong family history of ADHD or history of prenatal exposure to drugs or alcohol, early-onset ADHD is more likely. Till age 5, an attention span of 3-4 minutes is normal. 6/9 significant symptoms of Hyperactivity/Impulsivity that cause harmful dysfunction at preschool & home for at least 6 months may indicate ADHD
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