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What are the risk factors for ADHD in children?

In addition to genetics, scientists are studying other possible causes and risk factors including:

  • Brain injury
  • Environmental exposures (e.g., lead)
  • Alcohol and tobacco use during pregnancy 
  • Premature delivery
  • Low birth weight

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