Medicin til småbørn

Endnu et eksempel på “Law of the Instrument” (=”alt ligner et søm når du har en hammer i hånden”) er denne skræmmende historie fra USA, om at småbørn, under 2 år gamle, har fået udskrevet anti-psykotisk medicin:

“People are doing their very best with the tools available to them,” said Dr. Mary Margaret Gleason, a pediatrician and child psychiatrist at Tulane University School of Medicine. “There’s a sense of desperation with families of children who are suffering, and the tool that most providers have is the prescription pad.”
But Dr. Gleason said that children with ages measured in months had brains whose neurological inner workings were developing too rapidly, and in still unknown ways, to risk using medications that can profoundly influence that growth. She said the medications had never been subject to formal clinical trials in infants and toddlers largely because of those dangers.
“There are not studies,” Dr. Gleason said, “and I’m not pushing for them.”
Dr. Martin Drell, former president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, said he was “hard-pressed to figure out what the rationale would be” for the prescriptions.
— Alan Schwartz, “Still in a Crib, Yet Being Given Antipsychotics

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