The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in Australia has recommended that doctors should not prescribe drugs to children suffering from hyperactivity disorders and should instead follow a "multimodal" form of treatment.
In a joint draft released on Monday, the NHMRC, along with Royal Australasian College of Physicians, said that medication should be prescribed only in cases where hyperactivity disorders affect the overall life of a patient and should not be considered as a first-line treatment for children suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
The treatment guidelines state that not all children require medication to overcome ADHD and other approaches should be considered first in order to treat the condition.
"For a child with ADHD this may well involve some parental education, some behaviour modification therapy, some educational support and it could include medication. We quite clearly say medication will not be required for all children with ADHD and all children do need a multimodal approach", David Forbes, who is the chairman of RACP's guidelines working group, said.