Cynthia - posted on 02/06/2009 ( 110 moms have responded )
My 5 year old Kindergarten son was diagnosed a few months ago with ADHD. It was almost a relief to finally get the official diagnosis. I decided that I didn't want to put him on any medication; from the research I did, many of these drugs have side effects and I didn't feel comfortable with him taking any drugs. Now that he's gone through 1/2 the year in Kindergarten and he's having serious issues with paying attention, hyperactivity, and behavior, I'm second-guessing my decision. Am I doing him an injustice by keeping him off medication? Do the benefits outweigh the risks? I am at a loss of what to do. I want medication to be a last resort.
I'd like to hear from other mothers of young kids with ADHD who medicate and those who don't. What are your experiences with using medication to help control your child's ADHD symptoms? If you don't use medication, how do you help your child cope with his/her ADHD? Thanks for all of your input.