Medication Help for 3 Year Old

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Registered: 07-09-2007
Medication Help for 3 Year Old
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Sat, 05-01-2010 - 11:24pm
Hi - I"m new to the board and my 3.5 year old was diagnosed with ADHD....originally because she has various behaviors, they had thought she was autism-spectrum disorder and to that end had been put on a medication called risperdal to control agressive behaviors.
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Registered: 06-10-2007
Sun, 05-02-2010 - 10:39am

HI and welcome


Meds are trial and error, meaning if one doesn't work you try a different dose, med, or med and dose. For a 3.5 year old, I really don't know, since none of the meds are approved for kids under 6, and I have not used them myself on one under 7.


Risperdal is an antipsychotic, are there comorbids?

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

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Registered: 02-14-2007
Mon, 05-03-2010 - 3:43pm

Risperdal seems so strong for a young person expecially for 3


I hope you have done an eval with a neuro with allergy testing

Denise

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Registered: 07-24-2006
Mon, 05-03-2010 - 10:51pm

Good evening,


I have a son that was diagnoised at the age of 4.

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Registered: 05-04-2010
Tue, 05-04-2010 - 10:43am

Don't know anything about them but I have been researching them. Several brands of something called Focus and Yummi Bears Bright Child. Both Natural alternatives.

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Registered: 06-10-2007
Tue, 05-04-2010 - 10:47am
Hi, I hate to say this, but neither of those has enough of any ONE thing to do much. They are basically expensive multi vitamins.

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

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Registered: 03-25-2008
Tue, 05-04-2010 - 12:38pm

Our son started medication when he was 3 1/2 also. The first two were Tenex and Clonidine. Those were a total waste of time (they're blood pressure meds and apparently quite safe, but we saw no benefit for ADHD). We lost months of time gradually increasing dosages and tapering off when we saw no improvement.

With traditional ADHD medications -- the stimulants -- you can avoid the tapering game and just stop if you don't like a medication. Our son also did terrible with Adderall, going into rages as it wore off, so we stopped that one within days of starting. The real winner was Ritalin. We'll always remember the 4th of July when he started that and what a life-changing difference it made. He was four at that point. He's now on a long-acting form of Ritalin, Concerta.

It can take some trial and error to find the right medication. What really reassured us about trying the real ADHD medications with our young child is that they're very well researched and they're government regulated. The "natural" alternatives aren't and we felt it was too risky with such a young child. We preferred working with a doctor who was a real expert in the medications and who could help us help our child. That's just our line of thinking ... I'm sure others have other perspectives.

Good luck! I hope you find the right medication for your child. When you do, it can be a wonderful thing!

Michelle

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Registered: 09-17-2003
Wed, 05-05-2010 - 11:35am

Michelle,


What did you find unsave about the natural alternatives? and which natural alternatives? I am not trying to debate or anything. I am just looking for information and trying to learn from others.


Thank you,


Cathy

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Registered: 03-25-2008
Wed, 05-05-2010 - 1:39pm

Vitamins and such aren't regulated, so there can be differences from one brand to the next. There are no guarantees as to what you're really getting. The side effects aren't always well researched, either, particularly with herbal remedies. We just felt more comfortable working with a doctor who was really knowledgeable about ADHD medications than a clerk in a vitamin store.

That said, we did turn to melatonin to help our son with sleep issues, but only after getting guidance from our son's doctor. We have noticed differences in effectiveness based on the brand.

Michelle