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ADHD, risperdal, and a child who is 28 months

he is 28 months and he has languagedelay development, after i saw a doctor he said that he has ADHD he saw him for 3, he recommended to us the speech therapy daily, after we started the speech therapy , he said that he should start to be under medication (Risperdal) my question is : is it that common to put a child that young under medication, or to diagnose him as ADHD , i am living in medial east.
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I don't think a child that young should be taken any medicines.

the side effects are not worth the risk .

most doctors don't diagnose until after,  they are at least 5 years old or evens 6.

I would let the doctors know that you really don't want your child on medicines.

can you tell us more about how your son's days and night are like?

like dose he sleep well at night,and dose he sleep during the day?

and have you  tried vitamins to try and help him?
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first thanx for your comment,

actually the main problem with my son that he has language delay, he is not speaking at all    

before the age of 2 he used to act as a hyperactive child ,but after the age of 2 he started to
move less, but he dose not listen to me most of the time, if he wants to listen he would

listen, but sometimes he dose note listen to his name, it is not easy to organize his bed

time and he wakes up in a very unusual hours,  sometimes he become very sleepy but

when we go to bed he can't sleep.

most of the time when i try to make him have a nap time i fail , somtimes i am giving hi vitamins  but i don't see any deference.
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look this up and see if this sounds anything like your son.

landow kleffner syndrome.

I know how hard and can be.the one thing that has helped me is to talk to other people.and my faith in god.

good luck and god bless you and your son.
535822 tn?1443980380
Get his hearing checked out as sometimes it seems like they arent listening ,and they cannot hear well, we have a forum here ,check it out for more input, If your child sleeps a lot during the day he will not want to sleep at night ...at his age he still could use some sleep ..but it may be he is having to much, Children do well when they have a routine, so keep him awake in the mornings ,games ,parks, take him out ,reading stories, then after lunch put him in his room for a Nap, the length of time is up to you I would say no longer than 2 hours. Then have a regular going to bed routine. at night. be consistant some of this you can fix yourself. I am on the same page as Dollyn regarding giving meds for ADHD ...experts have shown recently that a good Multiple Vitamion with Anti oxidants Vit B Complex and Vit C also fish oil has the same efficacy as Ritalin.Check out at a local health food store what suppelments are good at this age that contain the Vits I have suggested. Good Luck
765070 tn?1384873394
The meds are not even approved for anyone under the age of 4 or 5 and that is depending on their weight.  My cousins son did not speak until just last year and he is now 4 1/2 years old.  He went through speech therapy and cognitive therapy and also had his hearing checked.  He is a chatter box now.  So, do not put your child on meds that are stimulant medications at such a young age.  These doctors are being absurd.  I take ADD meds and my heart rate goes up every time I take these meds so just imagine what it does to a child under the approved age.  Their heart cannot take this kind of stimulation.  My son is 11 and used to take the meds but I took him off of them about 2 months ago since he was complaining that his heart hurt and that he has headaches and he is 11, 5'5" and 140lbs.  

Make sure you do your research on ADD/ADHD and do not let a doctor push you into putting them on meds.  Remember, these docs get money for prescribing these stimulant meds.  At least some docs do and they will put these kids on the meds when a child acts out once rather than thinking about the age of the child and possibly behavior therapy.  Just make sure you do you homework or you could put your 2 1/2 year old on something that could harm him in the long run.  
765070 tn?1384873394
Oh one more thing;  Here is what Risperdal is:


Risperidone (ris-PER-i-done) is used to treat the symptoms of psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia. This medicine should NOT be used to treat behavioral problems in older adult patients who have dementia.

Pregnancy—Studies with risperidone have not been done in pregnant women. One baby whose mother took risperidone during pregnancy was born with a serious brain problem. However, it is not known whether this problem was caused by risperidone. Some unwanted effects have been reported in animal studies, but the risk to human babies is not clear. Before taking this medicine, make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or if you may become pregnant.

Breast-feeding—Risperidone passes into human milk and may cause unwanted effects, such as behavior changes, in nursing babies. It may be necessary for you to take another medicine or to stop breast-feeding during treatment. Be sure you have discussed the risks and benefits of the medicine with your doctor.

Children—Studies on this medicine have been done only in adult patients, and there is no specific information comparing use of risperidone in children with use in other age groups.

982251 tn?1248784987
My daughter was on it at 7yrs old and it was  a nightmare, he is way to young i would never put him on that, I think you should find a new doctor. I would call a childrens hospital and find a doctor. My daughter has adhd, odd, and i take her to Children specialize hospital in Toms River n.j.. They have them all over and after so many meds , we finally found a great doctor who finally got it right. GOOD LUCK
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Please whatever you do, DO NOT allow your son to take any ADHD meds, now or ever. My son was diagnosed with ADHD at 5 years old, he is now 17, but not knowing anything about the meds or the label ADHD back then, I agreed with the school to put him on Adderall, biggest mistake I ever made. He was labeled from that day forward, put in special ed classes, and his it destroyed his self esteem for a long time. I took him off of the meds at age 8, but those 3 years did alot of damage. He is a wonderful young man that is so talented in so many things and I am very proud of him. He outgrew his hyperness, he is a boy, boys are hyper, at least most that I know. The children that get the ADHD diagnosis are the ones that are creative and outgoing and the meds stop all of that. Please do not ever let anyone, including the schools, when he does start, talk you into giving him medication, this is your choice, not theirs.
If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask, I have plenty of experience in what this does to children and have actually thought about being an advocate to families that are being pressured by schools to medicate their children.

I hope this gives you some insite and helps you make your decision.

Take care!!
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