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Fifteen-minute consultation: an approach to a child presenting to the emergency department with acute psychotic symptoms
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    Pharmacological treatment of children presenting with psychosis.
    • Elaine P Lockhart, Consultant in Paediatric Liaison Psychiatry Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow.

    This is a very helpful article describing the approach to children presenting with psychosis in the ED. I welcome the emphasis placed on environmental measures taken to manage agitation, which is especially important for children with Learning Disability and/or neurodevelopmental disorders. Children and young people should always be offered the option of oral medication in the first instance. We have found Promethazine or Lorazepam to be useful if medication is required in the under 12 year olds. For those aged over 12 years they may also be helpful and if necessary could be augmented by Olanzapine, Quetiapine or Risperidone, rather than using Haloperidol in this age group due to its side-effect profile.

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