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Medication rather than behavioral therapy and educating parents on how to control misbehaving children is evident in the steep increase in use of sedatives amongst children in the past 4 years recently identified by a prospective study. Concurrent use of sedatives with children prescribed medication for attention deficit disorder, of which insomnia is an identified side effect, was also noted in the study. To date, the Food and Drug Administration has not authorized use of sleeping pills for children under 18 years old.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by International Herald Tribune
About: Children being prescribed sleeping pills
Date: 19 October 2005
Source: International Herald Tribune
Author: Gardiner Harris
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