My son is 7(8 in less than 6wks) and I noticed when he was 3/4 that he was ALWAYS extremely hyper, never still, constantly talking, no activity kept him interested for long, usually did several things at once...often not completing one. Once he was upset, it took a lot to bring him down and his emotions went from one extreme to other and back. I began noticing more once family and other children’s parents pointed it out. He could play with kids of all ages for hours and hours. When friends got tired, wanted break or just passed out, he still went on and on. Once he began K-4 it was balantly apparent that something wasn’t right. I started diet change including natural remedies from health foods store, got him into sports, soothing lotions and music/white noise at bed time, homework and really 99% of daily activities were strictly scheduled. Even, yoga classes with him. Of course all was monitored by his dr. who checked for difencies or opposite via clinical test. Thankfully he was and is healthy in that sense. After almost a year of all these trial and errors, his pediatrician referred us to a clinic specializing in children with behavioral/emotional type. Therapy, group...him and I...individual began with some minor improvements in behavior at home I noticed. School just got harder. Brings me to October, when he was diagnosed with ADHD and prescribed Concerta XL. He never could swallow it and why this past week he was prescribed Quillivant XR 20 mg. He chose chewable over liquid. My son and I were told he should only take it on school days or when other events occur aka weddings, family parties etc. Since there was only 2 days left before holiday break for basically parties and no test, I choose to give it to him today. It’s a Saturday and I can monitor him closely. I am apprehensive about him taking anything at all. He took it after breakfast about 6 hours ago and it’s extended release...I have mentally noted: 1) My son is about 4 pounds under weight according to “normal” but usually eats a lot and well. So 3-4 hours after he last ate a meal, I offered him lunch but he “wasn’t hungry”. Hour later same thing then finally another hr later I put soup in front of him. He took a couple bites, and ate a cracker. 2) he has complained his stomach hurts. Not sure if he just needs to potty(tried and didn’t happen) or if it’s due to medicine
3) He is remarkably calmer but more dazed and like he could fall asleep at any time. He never naps, even when sick, and got a normal, good night sleep last night.
4) He has only wanted to play on his tablet-I know all kids do but he actually would rather be outside or playing w/ games & toys. It is a nice day considering how yucky it’s been for a week but nope doesn’t want to ride his bike.
I apologize for all the details but I am concerned.
Is this because it is first time ever taking this type medication? Dr. mentioned some side effects that may occur but not that the first time or two would be an extreme drop in activity.
Is it this particular type of medication? He is on lowest dose.
Many other questions are running they my head so please Parents tell me your experiences, struggles, triumphs and how you go thru them or even if you are currently experiencing similar issues.