Heather - posted on 01/28/2011 ( 30 moms have responded )
I was wondering if any of you mother's out there have used Risperdal for sleep or aggitation issues in your children ? My son's neurologist has suggested this for these issues that are going on with my child right now.
My son has a rare chromosome disorder called Kleefstra Syndrome or 9q34.3 Deletion Syndrome. He is non verbal & has alot of autistic characteristics. He is now 12 years old & up to this point he has been a very easy going , loving child. In the last couple of years we were having problems with sleeplessness ( he could go many days with little to no sleep.) We have had that controlled without resorting to medications with Melatonin & Magnesium up until now. The sleeplessness is returning along with aggressive behaviors ( biting himself, pinching , grabbing you very, very hard leaving bruises, etc.)He also sometimes will moan & whine for hours on end & be "crabby" with no particular reason that we can find. We have tried ALL of the behavioral solutions that we have in place for him & none seem to be working.He is also going thru puberty which his doctors & I believe are not helping these issues, along with he is quite a big boy for his age . I don't want it to come to a point where he is physically hurting someone & it seems to be heading in this direction. Thankfully it is only directed at adults ( us the parents, teachers & his therapists who all have in place ways to deal with this), but he does have a younger sister & if he should direct these towards her he would hurt her!!
All of the research I have seen about this medication has it pros & cons just as any other medication has & I know that every person reacts to medications differently. I am just so... reluctant to give him medication with him being non verbal & not being able to tell me if he is having any adverse reactions/ feelings from taking it. Just trying to get some input from other parents who have been down this road before making my decision. Thank you !!