These Are the Implications Your Child’s ADHD Might Have for His/Her Siblings

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Children may be more likely to develop autism or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) if they have older siblings with the same neurological problems. I'm Kyle Kittleson. This is MedCircle News.

A new study reported in JAMA Pediatrics found that “when an older sibling had autism, younger kids were more than 30 times more likely to be diagnosed with autism and three times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD [attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder] than children whose siblings didn’t have these disorders.”

The study looked at 15,175 children who had older siblings - including 730 kids with ADHD and 158 with autism.

Authors of the study suggest that parents should pay special attention to these two diagnoses and understand that an older child with ADHD or autism may be an indication that a younger child could develop the same disorder.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 6% of children have ADHD - a disorder characterized by social and behavioral problems as well as difficulty focusing and sitting still. Around 1.7% of children have autism in the United States.

To learn more about ADHD - watch the MedCircle original series Navigating the Ambiguity of ADHD with Dr. Sportelli. I’m Kyle Kittleson. Remember, whatever you’re going through - you got this.

Source: Reuters


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