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Name: Nicole
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I have a 6 yr old (almost 7) son who was diagnosed with ADHD last year. We held off for as long as possible trying other means of controlling it, therapy, diet, patience and so on. At the beginning of January his grades were so poor we decided to make the call to try medication. He was first put on Concerta 18mg. He had a very difficult time swallowing the pill (2-3 hours attempting a day). On the few days he was able to get it down he was fine. Taking so long to take the pill wasn't okay for everyday school and I requested the liquid methylin instead (5ml twice daily). He takes it once at 8am and once at 12pm. My dilemma is that when he comes home he's crashing which makes him so argumentative and mean. Homework is a fight, dinner is a fight...he's just mean. I lost my temper tonight a moved every you from his bedroom. I just feel like I'm failing. I've tried so hard to be a good parent I don't know what to do. I can't have a screaming match with a 6 yr old. I feel horrible.
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Name: Nicole | Date: Jan 25th, 2013 5:30 AM
*correction* I moved everything out of his bedroom, toys, games, video games. 

Name: Dawn | Date: Feb 3rd, 2013 10:17 PM
I can completely identify with your situation. My son is also 6, almost 7, and we went through the same thing with Concerta. He was really emotionally shaky when it was wearing off - sometimes crying at the drop of a hat, sometimes raging. We added a small dose of Intuniv in the afternoons and it seems to help him "come down" and allows him to sleep (which had been a problem). I think the key is to remember that you are dealing with a medical condition and not a "bad" child. It is a juggling act - you have to emphasize with him and how he is feeling but can't reinforce the unacceptable behavior. I found that rewards worked better than taking things away and set daily behavior goals - broken into 3 day parts, so he got credit for good behavior and had a chance to improve on bad behavior. You are not failing - your parenting did not create his condition and won't cure it. You have to see what will work with your child and what works may change from day to day. Its very hard but hang in there. He needs you. 

Name: MAYA | Date: Feb 7th, 2013 3:12 PM
hey been there done that :)20 year old and now a 10 year old with ad hd.bouth wery diffrent in mood and behaviours.my son was wery angry,mean and violent,worse and worse as he growed up.tryed terapie etc still he managed send kids to emergency room.i totally agree with dawn about the reward system.alltho i had to break the day down into sevral more for him to feel he managed be good.my rescue was pmto.awsome tool to reach em with.u arnt failing for loosing temper or arguing neither is your kid mean,he just dont knw otherwise to get his frustration out.its a long walk to turn it around and change the pattern,and takes repetion after repetition and to hang in there and not cave in.i had alot of set backs and frustration but it got easier.alot also down to age since they mature and learn better self control so hang in there,do whatever it takes to keep cool.i even tucked him in his room to awoid scream at him while i went to bathroom and shubbed my head under the cold tap to cool down.sounds extreme for some maybe butthats how bad it was and how stressed out i was .just remember its hope and things do get better as they mature :) but pmto is a awsome tool to use.good luck 

Name: james | Date: Mar 8th, 2013 7:23 PM
spank him that is the best form of disipline for a unruley child 

Name: no luck | Date: Apr 4th, 2013 12:57 AM
I had to put my son on meds and now he wont try to control himself at all! Its 50/50 on what's best for him! Its driving you nuts and everything prob don't work for him or you but you can try some meds that are non stimulants at frist and go from there. 

Name: Kimberly l | Date: Apr 4th, 2013 7:02 PM
My son is 8 we have been dealing with adhd for many years. I've been thru it all the tantrums outburst kicking screaming hitting up all night the list goes on. My son has been taking concerta for about 2 years now we started at 18mg n up to 54mg with a dose of 15mg of ritalin after school n trazadone at night to sleep. I've tryed so many meds n doses I lost count but now we are in a great spot it's not perfect but alot better I make plans according n we can now go on vacation n be a happy family. He does have an issue with loss of appetite I make him eat small meals thru the day n at night when the meds are wore off he makes up for the calories lost. Do a high calorie/carb diet best of luck concerta was my answer. 


Name: Linda | Date: Oct 19th, 2014 11:55 AM
Don't get eazy been going longtime with my kid sent he was 5 now 15 it very hard been on all kid of pill just got keeping go on just keep praying 

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