Childhood Diseases

Posted by: WORRIED MOM | 2010/04/17



My 8 year old daughter has just been diagnosed with ADD no hyperactivity. She get''s exceptional high marks at school and is very talented but has absolute no concentration and is always tired sometimes can''t remember what she did 30 min ago. Going to bed 8h00 but fighting to sleep till 9h00 - Hate waking up in mornings
often falling asleep on the way to school in morning after school on her way home - sometimes sleeps up to 3 times a day for 5- min - 15 min - even when other children is around - she has been for an eeg to exclude epilepsy - no epilepsy. She struggles to sleep at night and would dream withing 5 min of going to sleep often waking up within the first 20 min very upset from bad dreams - I have watched her sleeping after she falls asleep and her eye movements is very erratic soon after falling asleep.
She does gymnastics and some days she is good/ fantastic
some times she is useless - falls and unable to do things she has done 100 times before just to be fantastic again 20 min later
Her grade one teacher once asked me is she was born with low muscle tone as she had no strength in her arms when playing a game. But she is overall very strong and muscular - I was surprised by the question. Someone suggested she might also have narcoleptcy but that this will also be treated if she uses medicine for ADD - She has not started with medication yet but I was told that she will be getting something like ritalin called Canserta -(dont know spelling) next week. Is this true could she be suffering from narcolepsy and would the treatment for add also help for this. ( I feel very guilty for being so heard on my child and getting so upset about her bad memory and lazy body that she in my opinion so"  conveniently"  suffered from) -

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I don't want to add to your guilt but it is very obvious that your daughter has a real problem and this is not behaviour that she could simply put on. She is certainly not lazy.You have given a superb description of your daughter's symptoms and behaviour.She does not fit the picture of a typical child with an ADD problem.She does extremely well at school. She certainly does not have the hyperactive component. She does have a problem with concentration but this may be related to her sleep disorder.Her sleeping pattern is obviously not normal.Many of her symptoms are suggestive of depression. She may have some narcolepsy but her symptoms are not consistent enough to be sure about this diagnosis either. It is important for your daughter to be examined and investigated by a paediatric neurologist before any medication is started. You first need a definite diagnosis.

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Posted by: Ingrid | 2010/04/19

you can also take her to a child psychologist so that when results come back from paed neurologist you will be able to deal with treament and how not push her they will do assessments to see what could be the problem

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