anyone else have a child that has trouble falling asleep at night?

Brandi - posted on 12/30/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My youngest is 3 1/2 yrs old and has never wanted to fall asleep even as an infant. I've tried everything I can think of. Does anyone else have this problem?

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Rhonda - posted on 01/17/2010

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My son is 6 now and I have always had trouble getting him to sleep at night, he was a preemie and the 2nd week he was home, he ended up with colic...the doctor told me that when he was older I would probably have a very fussy child, however he is not fussy, but just has a problem going to bed at night, and I have asked the doc about it, all she told me was to keep trying...there have been a few times I had him on a schedule but that was short lived...so all I keep doing is try try try :) Good Luck!!

Brandi - posted on 01/16/2010

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My daughter doesn't really have problems with staying asleep, it's more like falling asleep only. She's been that way since a baby. I'd let her cry for 3 or more hours before I just had to go get her. She still does the same thing at 3 1/2. She scream and cry in her bed like she's being tortured for hours before finally crashing. I've tried melatonin and other vitamins for sleep but they don't really seem to help either. It's very exhausting waiting up every night for her to pass out.

Amanda - posted on 01/16/2010

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I also forgot to say to have their iron and ferretin levels checked. It is a small finger stick of blood. Low iron and/or ferretin levels in young children can cause restlessness and restless limb syndrome. Getting their iron levels up improves their ability to fall and stay asleep during the night. If these things are all ok and you are still having major sleep problems, get a sleep study done. It monitors everything from their breathing to their total brain activity and may be caused by something as simple as their tonsils affecting their ability to breath. They wake up whenever their is a problem and sleeping next to mom or dad comforts them. it also helps them to regulate their own breathing. Good luck to you ladies. I have been there and done that for the last 2 years. Not just my son, but my autistic goddaughter as well. It is a rough road, but finding the solutions helps their sleep, your sleep, and their overall disposition during the day.

Amanda - posted on 01/16/2010

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Does he have issues after going to sleep? Our pediatrician and pediatric neurologist recommend Melatonin. It is something that our body creates naturally, but some kids, especially preemies, need the extra boost to help them go to sleep. It can be found in the vitamin section or natural remedies section of your grocery store. We get ours in a chewable form from Fred Meyer in their nutrition center. It is safe to use for long periods of time and does not build up in your body. It has a half life of approximately 4 hours and can be given a 2nd and 3rd time during the night. Be aware that it will not help them stay asleep. It will only help them fall asleep. Hope that helps.

Nikie - posted on 01/16/2010

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I have a 4yr old that slept through the night up until he was about a year and a half( Me and his Dad seperated for a while and when it was just me and him I let him sleep with me and Vis Versa when he was with his dad)... Every since then he WILL NOT sleep in his own bed all night! We wil put him in his bed at night and he will fall asleep but after about 2 hours he ends up in bed with us. We even have his bed in OUR room right next to our bed but it just doesn't work. I have tried letting him cry his self to sleep and it still doesn't work.. I have asked his Doctor about this and she said that it may have something to do with him feeling like he might be abandoned agian( Which makes since but I PERSONALLY think he was too young to remember when all that happend). So I am going to get a second opinon on this issue! I think its something else thats causing him to do this!! If anyone can help me with this PLEASE let me know. Its really hard on a relationship to have your son sleep in the middle of you and your husband EVERY night! ( AND TRUST ME ITS TAKEN A TOLL ON OUR RELATIONSHIP!) .. Please HELP!!! I will try ANY suggestions that come my way!

Brandi - posted on 12/30/2009

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I haven't asked the doctor about it yet. She's my second so I didn't even carry her around as much as the first lol. I've wondered if it was cuz she was a preemie. She was born at 35 weeks. It's like she can't shut her brain off at night or something. Once she gets to sleep, she does ok. It's just falling asleep that takes forever.

Denisse - posted on 12/30/2009

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Yes! Mines is almost 2 and he can't sleep @ nite.. The doctors are saying is my fault cause i held him from birth and always kept him by my side so he got use to me.. I think he have other problems and im gonna do a sleeping test on him to see whats wrong..

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