In “To Your Health,” the Washington Post (5/3, Cha) reports officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are now “urging parents of preschoolers with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) to try behavior therapy first before trying” medications. In addition, the CDC is “calling on insurers to cover the treatments.” Currently, about 75 percent of children with AD/HD are receiving medication for treatment. CDC principal deputy director Anne Schuchat, MD, MPH, said in a call with reporters yesterday, “Until we know more, the recommendation is to first refer parents of children under six years of age who have AD/HD for training and behavior therapy.”
The CBS News (5/3, Marcus) website reports the CDC made its recommendations in a Vital Signs report released May 3. The recommendations echo those made by the American Academy of Pediatrics. That AAP recommends that “the first line of treatment for the youngest of children with AD/HD should be behavior therapy, even before medications are tried.”
— “CDC warns that Americans may be overmedicating youngest children with ADHD,” Ariana Eunjung Cha, Washington Post, May 3, 2016.