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melinal posted:
My grandson is 8...When he started K-4 at the age of 4/5 he did his work well but had a problem with his conduct...up until now he has been making A & B's until this year...he is in the 3rd grade his conduct grade is F and all of his other grades are not much better...I volunteer at his school 2 times a week and have a great relationship with his teacher...After a lot of crying, I took him to his pediatrician ...now he is on Amphetamine ER 10mg. cap...how long will it be before we will be able to see if this is working...He will be taking this 5 days a week no weekends and nothing during the summer...Needless to say I am scared to death...His mother is completely out of the picture and its just my son and I...I'm the primary caregiver and he comes to me for everything which is another problem in its self...CAN ANYONE GIVE ME ANY HELP...Thanks
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momuv4girls responded:
Hi,

I am wondering how your g-son behaves at home? Will he listen to you and be respectful? Are you sure he has AD(H)D ?
In general, I think it is best to have a child psychiatrist evaluate/treat a child with potential AD(H)D.

There are many potential side-effects from these medications, and they need to be monitored closely by a Dr., preferably a child psychiatrist.

The same medication can have a different response - - meaning a med could work great for one child, yet be a disaster for another.

Keep a journal of your son's behavior and seek a second opinion if you are not convinced with the Dr.s advice/diagnosis.

Take care,
-Kathleen