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brian092271
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My son is 8, and was diagnosed last school year with ADHD. His pediatrician initially put him on 20 MG of methylphenidate (generic ritalin). It seemed to help a great deal during the school day, but then the rebound would happen around 5:00 p.m. almost daily. The doc suggested we try 5mg around 4pm. We’ve been doing it ever since, and it makes a big difference.

I think part of it, though, is the age. 6-8 year old boys are often excitable and easily distracted. I’m 46 and I’m easily distracted! LOL At any rate, if something bothers you about what the doctor is saying, tell them that. Or get a second opinion. Advocating for your child is never a bad thing. Doctors should be more than willing to partner with you to find the right solution for your son.

I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. If you ever need to talk, I’m here.