Medicating a dangerous 4 year old with ADHD

Jeannette - posted on 04/24/2014 ( no moms have responded yet )

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My daughter has a provisional ADHD diagnosis. I wont go into too much detail, but I can tell you that she has the classic "boy-version" Her behaviors are unmanageable, she is struggling so badly at preschool. I know her teachers well and they are doing so much to support her. However, if it wasn't for the fact that I worked there, she would've been dis-enrolled months ago. She's sent one teacher away in tears so many times because of her extreme and frequent tantrums.

We have done EVERYTHING to try and change the behavior. Fish oil, gluten free, melatonin, consquences and rewards, green foods, and anything recommended by the counselor and her teachers.

Our number one problem, however, is her dangerous behavior. She will run off into parking lots, open the door and run out into the street, and take off her seat belt in the car. She has no fear what-so-ever. We watch her like a hawk, but when she's being unsafe like climbing on a bookshelf, shoving food in her mouth, or playing around the stove, she doesn't listen! I'm so afraid something is going to happen to her.

I do not want to medicate her, but she is failing at preschool and is putting her life in danger. I was going to wait until 6 to see if we could do anything to help her before medication, but I'm afraid it's just going to get worse.

I have no idea what to do. The thought of medication worries me so much.

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