Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Mommy | 2010-08-31

Q.

Use of Ritalin

My child is 6 years and has a concentration problem and the psychiatrist diagnosed her and gave her a months supply of Ritalin. With all the negative articles around ritalin I am so afraid even though this is the first time my child is using this. I have heard of kids dying because of this and I have also heard them comparing this to cocaine. I know you are a paeditrician but I need so advice on this from someone else than a psychiatrist. I really hope you can help and let me know if I should stop this or if it can do real harm to my child

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Ritalin if used according to the correct dose will not harm your child. However there must be a sound and definite reasion for using this medicine. It is a little unusual for a girl to be diagnosed as having an ADD or ADHD problem as this occurs most often with boys and Ritalin is usually prescribed for these conditions. This is not to say that girls don't ever have ADD and ADHd problems, but it is unusual.I would prefer your daughter to be seen by a paediatric neurologist before allowing her to start on Ritalin.

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Posted by: BMJ | 2010-09-01

Dear Mommy

I have 2 children with that problem. I can recommend two things - Buy the latest Weighless magazine - look at the letters to the pead on pg 51. It will help you tremendously. Also if you can, get hold of the book Understanding A.D,H.D written by Dr Christopher Green (pead) and Kit Chee - if you google take 2 dot co dot za you will find it. Best investment of R160 I ever made.

Kind regards
Mom who has been there and is wearing this Tshirt

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