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29 Jan 2013

Difficult time with 7 yo son
Dear Prof

Our 7 yo son (eldest) has been quite difficult the past few months. He is very cheeky, doesn''''t listen to instruction, back-chats, is rude, bullies his younger brothers etc.This is only at home - at school he is much more mild-mannered. But, this became especially bad end of last year where his teacher called me in because he started being disobedient at school as well (he was always very obedient and a quiet child who is bit of a dreamer). We had long talks with him to find out if something specific had happened or was bothering him, but to no avail - he denied anything was wrong. By now we are almost constantly bumping heads, and are at our wits end how to discipline him at home. Since he''''s been back at school he has been complaining about a tummy ache every sinlge day and doesn''''t want to go to school. Yet he says he loves his teacher and his class? he is not constipated, but is quite aggro about everything, and he still has nocturnal enuresis (never been dry longer that 3 weeks ever). Further he is taking Deselex daily, and Avamys for dust mite allergy although his tonsils and adenoids are fine according to our ENT. Could it be something that is bothering him? or could it be organic? I don''''t know where to start.
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

If possible, see a child psychologist or child psychiatrist for a full assessment of the child and to work out a comprehensive discipline plan to put these behaviour problems to rest. It does sound as though there may be more bothering him than he can openly admit to, and so a full assessment might be very helpful
Purple's wise advice is also most useful here. Any steroid like this spray can affect people's mood, and could add a degree of anxiety or depression to the mix.
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