Could my 5 year old have OCD?

Rhonda - posted on 03/28/2013 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 5 year old son has recently started showing OCD like symptoms. It started after he had a bad cold and he would tell me things like "I might have gotten boogers on my shirt....maybe on puropose"; or he would wash his hands and then keep wiping them on his shirt and say "I might have wet hands still" (even after they were dry). That lasted for about a week and then he stopped doing that kind of stuff so much but now I notice he's doing other things like he'll ask me if I think his toy is gonna break and he'll lose pieces of it or anytime he asks a question he'll say "I might know this but ..... "and then ask. I'm not sure if this is a behavioral thing maybe? He doesn't have all the symptoms of OCD (like hand washing or rituals) but he does have some. I'm just wondering if anyone else has experienced this? Any help would be Great......I'm starting to get really stressed out.

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Christy - posted on 04/05/2013

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My son is 9yr and has OCD. OCD is when (and this is from a dr) they do something for more then an hour a day, so called riturals. It is all so OCD when is gets in the way of normal family life with riturals and they (the child or person) can't stop or they think something bad will happen to them. It doesn't seem like you have to much to worry about just keep it under control and reasure him that it is fine.

Sarah - posted on 04/02/2013

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I don't think it's ocd but I would call and discuss it with his doctor if I were you

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Christy - posted on 04/09/2013

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Your welcome. There are many ways around OCD. With a child it is workable in less it is a severe case. If it becomes a problem at school you can have him put on a 504plan and have it put in there that he gets extra time to do certain things due to his OCD, thats what I have for my son. All his teachers know to if they see him being OCD over a certian thing to just reasure him that it doesn't always have to be perfect and that helps.

Rhonda - posted on 04/09/2013

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I think its great that you chose not to put your son on meds. That was one of the things that had me really scarred because I wasn't ready for that. If it turns out that my son does have OCD, I'll do the same as you. Thank you your all your info. It has really helped put my mind at ease!!

Christy - posted on 04/09/2013

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My sons OCD ues to be REALLY bad to where he would spend three hours cleaning the bath room, would take apart his room to clean up one spot. We started therapy and that helped. It showed him what he was doing. I give him direction one at at time, not just go clean the bathroom any more. He loves to organize so I have to watch him on that. That Dr's said some OCD is ok as long as it isn't taking over normal family life. You learn to work threw it and around it. I chose not to put him on meds for it and just say something to him when he has a spell and step in. Yes he still has melt downs when I try to stop him but that comes along with OCD.

Rhonda - posted on 04/05/2013

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Thank you for the info! He has gotten alot better but he still does some "different" things but I do keep reassuring him and letting him know that it's ok. It seems like he does something for a week or so and then it tapers off and then he'll start something new. And as long as he's busy it's better. I'm keeping note of what he does and when I take him in for his 6 year well child I'll talk with his dr (unless things get worse). I was really scarred in the beginning because some of the things I read just seemed so awful so thats when I decided to ask other moms on here. Can I ask how you and your son are dealing with his OCD? Thank you again!!

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