HI, and welcome!
Is she "bouncing" when she is on meds? Or only when they wear off? Sometimes kids have rebound issues when the meds wear off, and they can become more hyper, impulsive or irritable.
A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.
She is taking short acting Ritalin ( 4 hour med)? She may need a longer acting med, or possibly a different med. What you are seeing is probably rebound, and it does happen.
If at all possible I would suggest seeing a Psychiatrist for meds, they know so much more, and are just alot better at it than a family Dr., especially since she is so young, and taking meds .
I agree. You should get in with a psychiatrist. Our son is six and we've been working with a psychiatrist for several years now. You really want to be working with someone who specializes in this type of condition.
Our son also started off on basic Ritalin. That worked great for him, but didn't last long enough and we'd end up with a roller coaster effect when adding another dosage. He's now on a long-acting form of Ritalin called Concerta. We just recently had to increase his dosage and (knock on wood), no longer have the bouncing off the walls, jumping on furniture, etc. in the final hours of the day. It goes from 8 am to 8 pm for him now (Concerta used to konk out around 3:30/4:00 pm).
What med? There are shorter & longer ones.
Bouncing...well, it was other things for mine, but what we did when it got bad, tell him he "had" to run around the house, our house is arranged so there's kind of a little circle you can run dining room-kitchen-hallway. Basically, she MUST move, really, truly, can't control it, so, OK, what can she do that's OK? Go outside & swing? Run around? One of those small trampolines? Give her an outlet, figure this out--because there's no such thing, alas, as getting to be on-meds all the time, they have to wear off so they can sleep (or, at least the ritalin family do!).
So why not give the 4 hour med twice a day? That is how we started out, since school lasts longer than 4 hours. DD is not taking meds right now( her choice), but if we need them again she will be taking