Posted by: Racoon | 2013/01/29


Difficult time with 7 yo son

Dear Prof

Our 7 yo son (eldest) has been quite difficult the past few months. He is very cheeky, doesn''t listen to instruction, back-chats, is rude, bullies his younger brothers etc.This is only at home - at school he is much more mild-mannered. But, this became especially bad end of last year where his teacher called me in because he started being disobedient at school as well (he was always very obedient and a quiet child who is bit of a dreamer). We had long talks with him to find out if something specific had happened or was bothering him, but to no avail - he denied anything was wrong. By now we are almost constantly bumping heads, and are at our wits end how to discipline him at home. Since he''s been back at school he has been complaining about a tummy ache every sinlge day and doesn''t want to go to school. Yet he says he loves his teacher and his class? he is not constipated, but is quite aggro about everything, and he still has nocturnal enuresis (never been dry longer that 3 weeks ever). Further he is taking Deselex daily, and Avamys for dust mite allergy although his tonsils and adenoids are fine according to our ENT. Could it be something that is bothering him? or could it be organic? I don''t know where to start.

Expert's Reply



As I see it there are two main issues here. Firstly your son at age 7 has nocturnal enuresis. This is a major problem and a source of great embarrassment for a boy of 7 years. He must see a paediatrician about this problem and this must be sorted out.
The second problem is his behaviour problem which has the typical features of a psychological problem called ODD which stands for Oppositional Defiant Disorder. His enuresis may have a lot to do with his behaviour. It would be best to ask a child psychologist to see him.

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

Want to comment?

Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.
Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.