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My name is Ellise, I have 2 sons and a baby on the way. My oldest sons name is Brandon and i'm really suspecting that he has adhd, he shows a lot of signs of this and i'm getting very irritated that his doctor is ignoring the fact that there is a high chance he does have it considering both of his parents have it (me and his father). His doctor just keeps telling me that they dont treat or asess children until 5 year of age, that just shouldnt be right, I stay home with him and my 2 year old son and soon newborn and my whole day is spent getting after him for things he does repetitively and i'm not even sure that he can control it. My question for you ladies is basically how do I get people to listen? My whole family sees that he shows tons of signs of adhd and i'd love to take care of this before I have the baby in December. I'm trying the fish oil omega 3 gummies, cutting out certain dyes and hot dogs, but none of that is even touching his out of control behavior. Any advice that you ladies have would be greatly, greeaattly appreciated, thanks for listening and i'm really hoping for some results soon.
Expecting baby # 4 January 2nd 2013
As a general "rule" the docs don't test until they're 5. I know that my almost 3-year-old is hyper and if I was looking for the symptoms, he'd have a lot of them. At 3-years-old I don't think it's fair to put him on meds for ADHD because it could be that he's just being a normal 3-year-old, he's still developing and you could really stunt him (growth, mentally, emotionally). But if you really feel that strongly that he has ADHD look into asking for behavior therapies instead of putting him on medications, most docs are more willing to put younger children in behavior therapy than putting them on meds when they can't tell you what the meds are doing to them.
My daughter began "treatment" for ODD at age 3. By treatment, I don't mean meds, I mean a total lifestyle change. We changed her diet, her sleep schedule, her organized activities.... it all helped, at first... but a few months ago, she seemed to revert, even with all the changes in place. Her doctor at that time suggested meds. (at just barely 4 1/2). We tried the meds for 2 months and HATED them! She went from an active, fun loving and happy girl, to a secluded, depressed zombie! I called the doctors office and told them that after trying different doses, and all of them having the same affect on her, I was taking her off the meds! He now wants to try a different med, but we opted out, for now, with hopes that she may never need them!
Basically what I am saying is don't rush into the meds route! DH and I are both ADHD as well.... And she may very well be ADHD along side us, but the meds he put her on sucked!