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6yr old adhd and odd child- give me some pointers?

I have a 6yr old whom i noticed adhd signs in at age 2. Because he was so young doctors told me to wait until he was age3,at age 3 they told me to wait until he was age 4! From the begining I kept telling my pediatrician there was a problem. "oh its just terrible 2's then 3's then 4's...long story short, I had to end up getting medicated in order to deal with my now 6yr old who has adhd and odd...Can anyone give me some pointers on dealing with an adhd/odd child
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replied February 15th, 2012
(B.S. in Psychology, 21, diagnosed with ADHD, medicated since 5th grade,very knowledgeable about ADHD)
Hi, I know that behaviors of young children can manifest in a way that seems like it could be ADHD, but a reason why your doctors are probably hesitant to medicate your child is because they are smart and know what they are doing. Its just too early in development to do so.

I recommend reading the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders for clinical criteria. It states that these symptoms need to be having a dramatic negative effect on more than two different settings( home, school etc...)

In my experience, and many others with ADHD, my ADHD has impacted my acedemic ability the most. I think a reason your doctors are waiting is to see if your child's symptoms cross over into the school setting and are negatively effecting his performance. Since he is not old enough to have "grades" yet, just wait it out, I dont know what you're going through, but medicating a child that young is not something anyone wants to do, and should only be done in very rare instances.

I would recommend being slow to get angry at your child for being forgetful or getting distracted. Trying to decrease that behavior by getting angry will not work.
Give one task at a time, and use praise and reward systems for following requests immediately and for good behavior. Good Luck
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replied December 26th, 2018
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and i understand your concern. Give your child some time to cope up. Trying meds at such young age is not wise. more effort and more support is needed. It can be challenging but behavioural therapies some times do wonders.

I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
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