ok I think I need help with my 4 yr old girl!

Donna - posted on 05/23/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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She is really not sleeping well at the moment and im starting 2 get concerned.It has got 2 the point where she was up last night til midnight.She is in her bed but just says she cant sleep yet in the day after the park for example she is knackered and cant wait 2 have a rest.As soon as it is actually bedtime though it changes.Started 2 worry it will affect her health,especially when she has 2 go full time school.

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Brandy - posted on 05/23/2010

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i have had the same experience with my five and six years old she has her days and nights mixed up sleeping wise. Try to keep her up and active all day long and then see how she is. Our give her a warm glass of milk or tea at night. that always does the trick

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Davina - posted on 05/28/2010

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I have two very hyper active daughters aged 3 and 7 and man o man were they both full on at bed time, even with a great bed time routine! Definitely keeping fluid and sugar intakes out after 3pm will help reduce any possible brain stimulus. Our 3 yr old's not sleeping came down to over activity in the brain and bad dreams as a result of it. have a chat to the people at the health shop too as there are some great remedies like chamomile that children are safe to have. Be firm and positive in your approach to bed time.

Belinda - posted on 05/27/2010

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i am having almost the same problem w/ my 6 year old and it has been going on for 3 months now. She will not sleep in her room and gets up several times a night and sometimes for 2 hours or more. I started taking her to therapy and they are trying out a sleep aid at night. Definitely discuss this with your dr. hopefully it doesnt go on as long as this has for us. I dont know what a decent nights sleep is like anymore.

Janelle - posted on 05/26/2010

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With my daughter I stopped her naps and if she was tired I wouldnt let her sleep past three.I lay her down at 730pm and shes up by 630am. but I keep her days busy and dont let her have any candy or sugary things after 600pm.if shes hungry and wants a snack i try fruit for crackers with water. then work into her bed time routine.then shes out like a light.

Tammy - posted on 05/26/2010

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When mine were small I use to give them camomille tea but only a quarter glass and the rest milk. That knocked them out. Johnson's lavander lotion was also good. I also played soft soothing music in their rooms at night. oh and no juice, soda, ect. after supper. Water only.hope this helps.

Sarah - posted on 05/25/2010

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My son would go to bed on time but started walking up with night terrors. I was advised to adjust his bedtime routine. So now he has his food a little later. So he has a snack when he comes in from school, then food around 6pm. So he has a fully tummy before bed, which has really helped him sleep better without night terrors. I was also told that a glass of milk and a banana or wheetabix before bed will help him sleep. Which I must admist it does help apparently something in banana that helps you sleep better, dont ask me what lol but he did help my son.

Jaime - posted on 05/25/2010

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Keep her up during the day, some kids don't need naps and it affects their sleeping at night. My son hasn't had a nap since he was 1 1/2 because he wouldn't go to bed if he took one.

Janice - posted on 05/25/2010

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Does she have a daytime nap? My daughter will be up until 10-12 if she falls asleep at all during the day.

Another possible solution is to give her meletonin just before bedtime. The meletonin is a neurochemical (i.e. naturally produced by the brain) that promotes sleep.

Brandice - posted on 05/25/2010

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My 5 year old did the same thing. I took her to her Pediatrician about her behavior and about how she will just lie in bed til all hours of the night, not playing just laying there. I was referred to a child psychologist. They prescribed her a very tiny dose of Clonodine. It's used for high blood pressure in grown-ups, but can be used in children who have problems sleeping and are borderline ADHD. It worked wonders. We gave it to her about 30 minutes before bedtime and within 20 minutes of laying in bed she was asleep.

Donna - posted on 05/25/2010

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Thanks for the replies,yes Niamh does have a bedtime routine,she has her bath and songtime,then bedtime book and sleep for 7 pm.it has worked right up until now but something has made her decide 2 change :/ i will try the sleep time drink though thanks again for your comments :)

Angie - posted on 05/23/2010

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Try some Sleep Time tea. I have insomnia and it works for me. Since I like mint, I think it's yummy. The bedtime routine is also essential. We had had a warm bath then prayer time at 7:30. The kids could read a book - alone - in their beds for 30 minutes then it's lights out.

Jennifer - posted on 05/23/2010

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You might want to try to get her into a "Bedtime" routine. and if you are already doing one, you might want to "tune" it up. My son has started staying up ALL night. And I have started to change his routine around, and I must say, I'm starting to see a difference.

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