Posted by: Nadia van der Spuy | 2019/09/20


ADHD in young children

My son is 7 years old and was diagnosed by a Neorologist with ADHD... It all started with his grade 1 teacher having problems with him in class that he cannot sit still and distracts other children. She said she can explain the work and it would seem like he is not paying attention doing his own thing with his pencils on his table but when he needs to do his work he does it correctly. The neorologist then told us that he has an above average IQ and put him on ritiling 2.5mg in the mornings. He started with it at the end of last term. This term I got his report back and most of his subjects went down... I am considiring taking him off of ritiling as yes he now doesnt eratate the teacher but his marks are being comprimised... Can ritiling have this effect on children?

Expert's Reply


ADHD Expert
- 2019/09/24

If his diagnosis is indeed ADHD, it is unlikely that methylphenidate will impair his functioning. 2.5mg per day is way too low for a 7 year old. Please consider consulting a pediatric psychiatrist to confirm the diagnosis, or discuss adjusting of the medication with his current doctor.

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