My 10 y/o wont sleep

Melanie - posted on 01/02/2011 ( 27 moms have responded )

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Hello everyone, i am in need of help. I adopted to beautiful girls 3y ago .My oldest is 10 now and my lil one is 4.My oldest is a kidney transplant child and has ADHD. We have manage to get her meds right atleast for school purpeces. When we first met her she was flunking school, now she is a streight A and B studend.. Yay Us!! But her H is the one we cant pinpoint on how to help her with. At home is not that much of a problem, thats why i have a wii,lol and all her games are active ,runher down games.But i cant get her to sleep. They have change her meds so many times, adding , taking away. Right now she is on concerts 54 witch works wonders @ school,and they have her takeing Respidall at night now. This is the 4th med they have tried on her and NOTHING helps her sleep. By morning she is still a ball of energy and i know that cant be healthy. I just worry so much on so many meds,because she only has 1 kidney and is a donor kidney, she lost both of hers when she was 2y/o. Is there any meds that work for you child that i could talk to her Dr about,or something Natural?
Thank You in advance, is 4 am rightnow and im still up bc she is still up and she is not the quiet one, she is playing like if she just woke up. I tried everything to force her to sleep, to empthy her room to seeif is the distraction, iv had her with just a bed in her room.And nothing gets her to sleep =(

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Beth - posted on 01/05/2011

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My 9 yr old ADHD kid is on foclin short acting and 5 mg melatonin every night to help her get to sleep

The foclin helps her focus her thoughts and the melatonin helps her get off to sleep.



Mona-vie is nothing but a money pit scam you can get many juices at the grocery store that are 1/4 of the price that have more of the Acai juice in it. The acai is the "miracle fruit" that is big hyped for that drink.

My step dad wasted a fortune on that stuff.

Joi - posted on 01/05/2011

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I too have that problem with my son, he takes melatonin but it doesn't last all night for him and usually after 4 hours he is awake again. The doctors used to have him on a sleeping pill, but took him off because he wasn't good for his heart. If you find something else, lets us know...please.

Amber - posted on 01/05/2011

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Your daughter also may not need as much sleep as other people... But trying to slow down the evenings before bedtime should help. You have to wind your house down early: No television or video games within an hour or two of bedtime. A warm bath and reading helps wind my son down. He also takes melatonin and has a glass of warm milk. Do a search online for foods that make people sleepy and try to completely eliminate caffeine. There are a number of good snacks you could give her before bed time. http://www.askdrsears.com/html/4/t042400...

It's hard work, and may require an overhaul of your typical evenings, but it would be worth it!

Dawn - posted on 01/05/2011

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hey Melanie, our 7 year old is the same, a doctor of ours suggested trying Melatonin. 3 i but the Jamieson brand there about $8. dollars (give or take ) for 30 strips. there the chocolate mint flavor. it is all natural and helps to support a natural sleep cycle.she usually only needs just 3 mg (1 strip) to help her calm down enough to fall asleep. with out it she's up til 12/1 in the morning climbing in her closet , playing ect. but with it shes usually asleep by 8:30, 9 at night. (depending on what time she took it) i really suggest trying it. should help

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Marcie - posted on 09/23/2012

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my son is 13 and he is also ADHD, he has a hard time sleeping, i am going to TRY the melatonin tonight i hope this works. he has Epilepsy and really needs his sleep.

Rebekah - posted on 01/11/2011

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Melatonin is a god send! Call your Pediatrician and check on any negative interactions with her other meds. My 10 year old daughter started taking 600 mcg (0.3MG) of Melatonin this week. She takes it at 8pm and lays down at 9pm (with TV on to distract her mind) and is asleep within 10 minutes. Keep in mind that an ADHD mind is always running and the kids typically can't control theirselves. My daughter can now put herself to sleep and stay in bed all night...miraculous!

Kelly - posted on 01/07/2011

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our son is on concerta 54 mg also at 6 and we give him melatonin to help him sleep. its a supplement. i would ask your dr before giving her anything but his doctor gave us the ok. our body naturally makes melatonin but kids with ADHD their bodies dont make enough melatonin to signal to them its time to sleep. hope this helps

Angelica - posted on 01/06/2011

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Hunny, I am right where you are. My son has been medicated since he was 4 years old. Back then we thought he has severe learning disorder and ADHD. . He wasn't growing at all, he was skinny and didn't eat much, he bounced off the walls all the time and he made dangerous choices, like escaping out the bed room window and jumping in the neighbors pool. He didn't understand anything we said even though he could repeat what we said. But it was when the light bulb lit over our heads that he only slept in 2 hour blocks still at 4 years and then was up for 2 hours at night, then did not nap during the day at all. When we presented the facts to our physician he sent him for a sleep study and we found that he was waking all night and when he did sleep he doesn't rest, moving constantly.His treatment started with ADHD type treatments because the simple fact is that my son's body doesn't stop moving to rest. Since then we have moved to psychiatrist for treatment and they are calling it ADHD and has tried many different meds that work for a while then we move on. Right now he is 12y/o and takes Vyvance, Seroquel and Melatonin. He is an A/B student in 6th grade in advanced math classes. Far cry from when we thought he had a learning disability. The minute we got him sleeping even just a little his health we much better, he ate better, he grew and now instead of being behind the curve he is past where his brothers at his age. The transformation was amazing. The only medication that we have been able to use to make him sleep is Seroquel. We have never tried sleeping pills because they are a little on the strong side for my taste, however we started with clonidine and clonazapam first and they did a little help but not much.

I would see about something for sleep. it will help with the ADHD symptoms. Melatonin works well for a lot of kids and it is the chemical we all naturally make to sleep. My son takes 6 mgs for his age and weight. check with your doctor first but i definitely think it would help.

Kim - posted on 01/06/2011

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i also have a 10 yr old - ADHD. Just this past year we found out that they can take a natural drug called Melatonin. my son used to take 54mg concerta, now he's on 72. immediately after dinner we give him 3mg Melatonin and within 1-2 hours he is tired and can easily fall asleep. He started on 2mg but the pediatrician said he can take 3mg...works like a charm. check with your doctor and see if he ok's this natural drug. Good luck

Theresa - posted on 01/06/2011

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Have they tried Seroquel? My boys are on that to help them get to sleep. You may have to play with dosages. My oldest only needs 50mg, but my younger one needs 300mg.

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My 11 y/o son has always had sleep issues and until he turned 10 he never slept thru the night. He has been on Clonidine 0.3 for years and that helps get him to sleep and last year we added Remeron and he is finally sleeping thru the night. He takes Vyvannse during the day and the Clonidine and Remeron at night and so far the 3 of them are working great.

Jakki - posted on 01/06/2011

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try massage as she is laying down.massaging the forhead works for my kids and also worked on my nieces and nephews.

Erin - posted on 01/06/2011

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my son is 9 and he is a ball of energy at bedtime every night. I give him melatonin, 3 mg, it is all natural and our bodies already make it. give it 1/2 hour before bed and it helps the mind learn that it is time to go to bed. hope that helps.

Shellie - posted on 01/05/2011

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I COMPLETELY understand! My son takes 72mg Concerta in the morning and 15mg ritalin in the afternoon (for homework). His doctor recommended Melatonin because it is a natural hormone that is already produced in his body. He is 10 (about 60 pounds) and takes 3mg of the Melatonin, about 40 minutes before bedtime. Even with the melatonin he still has nights of sleeplessness though. I, too, checked his room, took stuff out, made it darker, etc, to no avail. Does your daughter like to read? My boys share a room so I totally understand the problem of keeping others awake! I took him to the library and let him pick several books, and purchased a small booklight. On the nights he can't sleep I allow him to take out a book and read, and read, and read. Thank God he loves to read. Eventually he falls asleep (sometimes as late as 3am). I think the reading makes his eyes tired and that helps. Most of the time the melatonin works though. Atleast if you can add a book or magazine to the mix, she can stay quiet (hopefully), and won't need you in there with her. Hopefully this helps!
Shellie

Lika - posted on 01/05/2011

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I totally understand about wanting to be safe on meds. I'm wondering if this link from Web MD will help you - http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/guide/adhd...

As for sleep, melatonin may work, it's a natural hormone that helps regulate the sleep/wake cycle, and some people don't have enough of it. I don't know if that is helpful or not, but, just a suggestion that you might want to look into.

Patricia - posted on 01/05/2011

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i found adhd children do not need alot of sleep as long as she can't leave the house and has something constructive to do in her room at night and it does not affect her school work try that i found it worked great with my daughter

Miri - posted on 01/05/2011

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Try letting her drink Mona-vie it is very good for the body, My mail is marcishnaider@gmail.com if you want to know more.

Tracy - posted on 01/05/2011

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Try melatonin....it is an over the counter natural sleep aid that my ADHD son uses at needed,,,,

Heather - posted on 01/05/2011

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Melitoin is a natural med that has worked for me.. My son is also on concerta 54mg

Jennifer - posted on 01/05/2011

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all 3 of the children we adopted have ADHD and we had alot of trouble getting them to sleep,our dr recomended Melatonin.its natural and really help our to kids that had so much trouble.get it at any health food store or drug store.good luck

Amy - posted on 01/05/2011

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You might talk to your doc about dialing back the concerta and adding in intuniv. It's a non-stimulant and actually encourages sleep, and it will bring the BP down a bit (stimulants raise it). Also, we use 6 mg of melatonin for our 9 year old. It works okay. We're still working with dosing. I'm thinking we'll be adding more intuniv which will also help.

I'm not sure how any of these affect the kidneys, but your doc should know. Good luck! I hope you find something that works for your daughter.

Allison - posted on 01/05/2011

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My daughter is 10, also. When she was taking 56 mg of concerta, she was not sleeping well, either. I tried melitonin. It worked occasionally. We finally took her off stimulents and now have her on 3mg of intuniv. She is sleeping great, grades are better then ever, and she is eating.
Good luck.

Colleen - posted on 01/05/2011

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sounds like your child is like mine, I am searching for answers is it possible that it could be Insomniac

Jen - posted on 01/05/2011

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We have found that Sleepytime tea works really well. It's totally natural and it will put anyone out - I even drink a cup every night.

Barbara - posted on 01/03/2011

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I can recommend something natural. I don't believe in giving children any more poisons, they get enough on and in the foods that they eat.
This product worked so well for my daughter that I had to become a distributor and try to help as many parents that I can.
Please let me know if you would like more information.
Barb

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