Kids Born In August Are At Highest Risk Of ADHD

Posted: Mar 12 2016, 9:01am CST | by , Updated: Mar 12 2016, 9:25am CST, in News | Latest Science News


Kids Born in August are at Highest Risk of ADHD
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  • Those Children born in August may be prone to Bouts of ADHD

Research has proven that those children who are born in the month of August may be prone to bouts of ADHD.

Being born in certain months may make children liable to be diagnosed with ADHD. Some of them may even be prescribed medicine for the ailment. Kindergarten and school-going children born in August may be prone to contracting a nasty case of ADHD.

As compared with their luckier cousins who were born in September, these children of August birth were more likely to develop the telltale symptoms of ADHD. 

However, teens were excluded from the study. In Taiwan, where the finding was reported, school entries begin on August 31st. Thus automatically children born in the month are the youngest in their class of educational material.

Those born in September are by contrast the oldest. The child’s age is responsible for his or her symptoms of ADHD as compared to his or her class fellows. So many born in August end up having their parents take them to the psychiatrist and they end up being given medication for ADHD. 

The study comprised a sample of 380,000 schoolchildren. They ranged in age from 4 years old to 17 years of age. Birth month was noted down carefully and over a period of time lasting 14 years, the sample was studied on a consistent basis, according to HuffingtonPost.

The billion dollar question is whether this research points to ADHD or a mild case of immaturity. A single grade’s difference may spell the difference in personality, behavior and demeanor that marks ADHD from proper everyday normality with all its concomitant psychopathology that we all take for granted.

The results obtained in Taiwan were similar to results that were gathered in the United States, Canada and other Occidental countries.  

Young children born in August were 1.65 times as likely to be diagnosed with a bad case of ADHD as others. They were also 1.73 times more likely to be prescribed drugs for the ailment.

Those born in September did not show any such symptoms. They were largely free of ADHD signs. Lack of attention and focus, hyperactivity and impulsivity are some of the things that make for a diagnosis of ADHD.

These kids showed the signs on a regular basis thus prompting the judgment. A physician’s framework along with some drugs would come in handy in order to control the behavioral repertoire of these special kids.

However, great care should be exercised lest a kid be overprescribed medication for ADHD when he or she is just acting in accordance with his or her age. Immaturity is to be expected from little kids. Their brains are still being formed and they cannot make value judgments like most rational adults.   

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