View Full Version : Ritalin + Emotion

06-01-09, 01:47 PM
MY 5 year old was recently diagnosed with ADHD, and rightfully so. As soneone who was on medication for 10 years as a child I know first hand what it means to be ADD, and my son is the poster child.

That being said the Pediatrition put him on 5mg of Ritalin. First off everything I read says never give it to a child under 6. The reasons are weight loss (my son is 35 lbs, a beanpole) and dopamine build up in lesser developed brains (my son was a few months premature and is still a bit behind the rest of the kids his age in devolpment).

We gave him the medicine for 2 days and while on it he was an emotional wreck, crying over everything and nothing. We were told this is a side effect and call immedietly if it showed, so we did, the doctor said to continue it for a few more days and see how he reacts.

My question, anyone else experience where at first their child was overly emotional then got better as their body "got used to it?"

06-01-09, 02:05 PM
Have not heard of that side affect. What caused you to get your son diagnosed at the age of 5? What behaviors are you trying to modify with the medication?

06-01-09, 03:22 PM
My son has diffuculty focusing on anything for more than a few minutes. His inability to sit still and pay attention was noted by teachers and other parents. We took him to a specialist who put him through the standardised tests for ADD to which he scored very low. In fact the therapist couldn't keep him focused long enough to finish the tests.

06-01-09, 06:52 PM
Is he in preschool or kindergarten?

06-02-09, 10:10 AM
He just completed Pre-school, will be starting Kindergarden in the fall.

06-02-09, 12:09 PM
Generally doctors dont prescribe meds to a child under 6 unless they have very severe ADHD, and/or are a danger to themselves or others because of their behaviors. Also, a childs ability to pay attention is developing all through those early years and some kids are just a bit slower than others. Having said that, since you are ADHD, there is a better chance that he is too. I am "pro med" to a large degree. However, medicating a 5 year old would be a tough decision for me. The tests are not standardized for a 5 year old, so the accuracy of their ADHD indication would be questionable. The meds are not tested on children below the age of 6 since it is difficult to get an accurate diagnosis at such a young age. Good luck with everything.