Posted by: Concerned mother | 2017/10/17


Should i put my 5 year old on Ritalin?

Good morning. I am a very concerned mother and really need advise. We stay in a small town in the Western Cape. School for my little one starts at 8 and ends at 12. Last term we received his report, before opening it up the teacher dropped a bomb to say that next year we should look at putting him on something to calm him down. This was very shocking to me and my husband. We opened up his report, and his marks was really good and he is on standard with what is expected of him. The problem comes in that he acts out at school. According to his current teacher, he doesn't sit still, doesn't listen, he is bullying kids at school. This is very strange as at home he is a completely different child. Manners are well, he does what is asked of him and to me he really seems like an intelligent little boy. We don't have family problems at home and we really spend a lot of time with him, as we only have him. We always approach him to make sure he always understands what to do in certain situations. We do a lot of research on what to expect at different ages and what type of behavior goes with what age. Today again the teacher dropped a bomb to say that my son just can't help himself and would definitely have to go on medication. This frustrates me because we never hear any complaints from the teacher, but when we question things going on at school, my son seems to always get the blame. Please help me to understand what is going on. I am not blind for my son's shortcomings and will approach the problem if it really is one.

Expert's Reply


ADHD Expert
- 2017/10/17

It is important that your son be assessed by a psychiatrist/pediatrician to determine if 1. he has ADHD and 2. if he needs medication. There is many other conditions which my mimic ADHD and a comprehensive assessment is needed. A good starting point is an evaluation by an educational psychologist.

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Posted by: Melissa Berman | 2017/10/24

I recommend you go onto the site and read the actual truth about Ritalin. If you want more information you can send an email to

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