Seth, who turns 2 in June, has the attention span of a rabbit. First he’s zipping around with his truck. A minute later, he’s begging me to turn on the water hose. Then suddenly he is hungry, yelling “fooood, fooood,” while shoving his hand into his mouth. Yup, he’s a normal toddler.
Apparently, Americans don’t feel the same way. In the last year, there has been a 49 percent rise in the usage of drugs to treat attention deficit/hyperactivity by children under 5, reports The Associated Press. Overall, more and more behavior-altering drugs are being pumped into children.
This is completely nuts. How can you determine if a toddler is hyperactive? They’re all hyperactive. Unless they’re lethargic; then you dump antidepressants into them. At least we know most of those don’t even work, which you can read about here and here.
And why is everyone jumping to use drugs in the first place? Maybe these kids are being fed too much sugar or caffeine. In another report, it turns out showing toddlers too much TV may be causing symptoms similar to hyperactivity.
But the best part is our children are being used as human lab rats. Doctors will try one drug after another until they find one that works. “Either it's better and everyone's relieved, or nothing happens,” says Dr. Richard Gorman.
One thing is sure, children who take drugs for attention deficit don’t grow to their full height. I know, maybe we should pump them up with human growth hormone to counter that side effect. And we can put them on anti-cholesterol drugs to counter the human growth hormone. And then give them something for liver failure and then….
More health news:
Rising autism rates continue to worry experts who are desperately searching for answers – USA Today
A committee of experts failed to find a link between autism and vaccines – The New York Times
Some schools are actually emphasizing fun physical
activity – Los Angeles Times