... need to find another doctor?
What did he put him on it for? It isn't indicated under 6 yrs of age. He will have to have regular blood tests to test his level also. I can't imagine diagnosing a 4 yr old as bipolar. Is this guy who prescribed it a pediatric psychiatrist?
Hi, april! Bipolar disorder can have an onset in early childhood, but is rarely diagnosed earlier than the mid-teens to mid-twenties. I wonder if your doctor prescribed lithium because it's the only true *mood stabilizer*. It's a relatively innocuous medication as far as side effects, but there are some things you should be aware of. mama mentioned blood tests every 3-6mos until the dosage is stabilized, also some monitoring of fluid intake and dietary restrictions.
A sit down discussion with the doctor is in order ~ what's his diagnosis? treatment plan? what do you need to know about the medication? ~ or, if you can, get a second opinion. It's your right as the boy's mother.
As for YOU ~ everything wrong? April, you've done everything RIGHT and I'm sure you'll continue to do what you feel is best for your child.
Best wishes, WCV
If you doubt the Dr enough to be asking us, I would say it's enough doubt to get a 2nd opinion from another Dr, in person.
I would get a second opinion for sure. That is a strong drug for a four year old. It has strong side effects for me when I started like the shakes really bad and I'm an adult.
FIND ANOTHER DOCTOR. Lithium is extremely powerful. A doctor temporarily put me on lithium for depression. At 23 years and 100lbs, I felt like I was dying from the side effects. I lost 5 pounds in 3 days from nausea and diarrhea, had anxiety attacks, and tremors that still occassionally surface until this day. That doctor really lost my trust, as she said she didn't expect my symptoms to be that bad which is why she put me on it before she left for the weekend.
Putting a 4 year old on lithium, is he some kind of sociopath?
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