Adhd in my 5 yr old.

Nicole - posted on 04/29/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )




My son has always been the typical boy. I never thought much of his hyper behavior until the last year. He is very talkative, constantly interrupts conversations and when asked to wait continues to talk or throws a tantrum.

He has become destructive, and likes to hit/kick etc. I can't even get him to sit thru a photo session to get pictures done. It's been a struggle for me as a mom lately. I feel as if our relationship is going down hill.

I have already discussed his behavior with the pediatrician, but was basically told it was due to the new baby. His problems started long before, but I was rreluctant to address because I felt as it was a boy thing.

I'm wondering if/what medications any of you jad luck with in a young child. I had a nephew that took concerta for a while but was 10 or so at the time.


Jodi - posted on 04/29/2014




Actually, he does sound like a typical little boy. I can understand why you pediatrician has dismissed the idea of ADHD. Why are you in such a hurry to label him and medicate him? I must ask, how are you disciplining him for these behaviours, because these behaviours will become persistent if not dealt with appropriately.


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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 04/29/2014




Part of it is normal behaviour, nicole, the interrupting, etc...every kid does it until corrected consistently. Heck, my kids even now (at 20 & almost 17) sometimes forget and interrupt a conversation. Not often, but it happens.

He's got a lot of energy. Redirect it. When he's acting out, part of it may be that he doesn't feel he has an outlet. The portraits, for example...was it after an already long day? Had he been given the opportunity to run off a bit of excess energy before being expected to sit still for (depending on the artist) up to an hour for various photos?

If you feel that it truly is a behavioural problem that may need medication, may I ask if you've had him to a behavioural therapist? Have you looked into his diet to see if he may be ingesting foods that are causing some of the behaviours?

Medication is not always the grand fix that some think it should be. One should always try to eliminate factors in one's environment before resorting to medication.

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