New here 5 yo DD with ADHD

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Registered: 09-27-2006
New here 5 yo DD with ADHD
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Mon, 10-26-2009 - 10:19pm
so My daughter has been diagnosed with adhd,

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Registered: 06-10-2007
Mon, 10-26-2009 - 10:32pm

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.

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Registered: 09-27-2006
Tue, 10-27-2009 - 7:00am
no she's not bouncing when she is on the meds.. she's actually normal when she's on the meds and it's really nice.. because she can be really cooperative.. it seems worse when the meds wear off and of course before she was on them.. that's when she bounces... the problem is though the meds are wearing off sooner and sooner.. so far she's on 10 mg of ritalin..
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Registered: 06-10-2007
Tue, 10-27-2009 - 9:13am

Hi


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 .

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, 10-27-2009 - 1:46pm

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).

Good luck!
Michelle

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Tue, 10-27-2009 - 2:49pm

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!).

Megan
Megan
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Registered: 09-27-2006
Tue, 10-27-2009 - 3:29pm
Yeah actually right now she is on the shorter acting one.. he gave me a prescription for the long acting one but right now our insurance is inactive, not sure why they haven't gotten it redone yet because we got all the info in, but it's still not active.. as a matter of fact I'm going to go up there to talk to someone today, because I can't get a hold of anyone on the phone, and they obviously don't check their voicemail.
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Registered: 02-27-2003
Tue, 10-27-2009 - 4:00pm
Hi, my son is 5 with ADHD too. Our diagnosis is very new, but I feel like we have been working at this all of his life. I understand how you feel and it can be very frustrating. I think getting time for yourself is great advice.

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Registered: 06-10-2007
Tue, 10-27-2009 - 4:44pm

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

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

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Registered: 09-27-2006
Wed, 10-28-2009 - 12:16am
I'm already giving her two 5 mg pills in the morning.. it seems to last a bit longer that way than if I give her 1 1/2 in the morning then the other half
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Registered: 06-10-2007
Wed, 10-28-2009 - 9:02am
Taking them at the same time won't make them last longer. Taking one, then 4 hours or so later another extends it to 8 hours, long enough for school.

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

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