Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Stuart | 2010/11/29



My son is 5 and a half and is very busy. My wife (a teacher) is convinced that he is ADD and has believed this from the time he was born. He is not an aggressive boy but enjoys the more boisterous games. He has a wonderful nature and is very protective of his friends should they hurt him and they get into trouble with their parents for hurting him. He does prefer the company of slightly older children and he enjoys learning new things and retains a lot.
He chooses fruit over sweets 8/10 times (unusual for children but I am dleighted with the choice).
He does however ''zone out'' sometimes, and when we speak to him or discipline him we have to ensure that we have eye contact.
I haven''t heard the best about Ritalin and it does concern me that one of the side effects (I have read) is death, although this is hugely in the minority. My wife has no doubt that his teacher will request that he be assessed during his Grade R year in 2011.
Is their an effective alternative to Ritalin or should I relax and if the need be, medicate with Ritalin?

Expert's Reply



You have given a really excellent description of your son's symptoms and behaviour.He is definitely blessed with a kind nature and appears to choose the healthy options when offered the choice. He does appear to have symptoms that are suggestive of ADD and does not have a hyperactive behaviour problem.It is important that he be fully examined and tested by a paediatrician who may want to do an EEG test as your son sometimes seems to be a bit 'zoned out'when you are speaking to him. This may be a form of epilepsy known as absence episodes.So it is important to make a diagnosis first. If your son does need Ritalin it will be given in the lowest possible dose and should not have side effects.Give him Omega 3 daily in the meantime.

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Posted by: Stuart | 2010/11/30

Thank you for the advice. We do give him Omega 3 daily so that''s a good start.
I do feel a bit relieved now.
Thanks again.

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