I have a 9 year old daughter that does not sleep. what should i do?

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Glenda - posted on 06/28/2011

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No TV or computer 2 hours before bedtime, and lots of activity, wear them out, and swimming is a great activity to really work out that energy. Hope this helps, be careful with meds, and get a second opinion.

Heather - posted on 06/27/2011

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Julie, I had a question about why the dr would give phenagen to a child for calming down? I thought that it was usually used for nausea. But, like you said about the meds for sleep, I do understand, because my son (10yrs) is ADHD and he takes Vyvanse for focus at school. he is actually the opposite of the illness. He is very shy and has always been a night owl. He even had a hard time going to sleep even before meds. We also did the whole work up of techniques and even went to a neurologist for an EEG to make sure there wasnt an issue there. Thank you for the advice, but that is why I suggested to ask the pediatrician first. Hope you all have a good week and 4th of july!! :)

Julie - posted on 06/27/2011

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As I adviced in previous postings it is important that medicating a child even with so called natural products should not be done without medical or homeopathic professionels supervision some can have an adverse affect on young children especially children with ADHD/Aspergers/aspraxi these children are not naughty they do not have an evil spirit in them that needs exorcising they have a medical conditionif you yourself don't have these condition it is hard for you to understand I do have ADHD even now as a grandmother its like someone putting a pair of rollerskates on taking you to the top of a large hill and pushing you done until the momentum/energy as run out you cannot stop the child feels things around them are very busy & loud but he does not understand the noises or whats being said its all garbled please befor giving them any drugs ask your doctor to do a sleep study. after that allergy test come next especialley food colours and perservative, diary products yeast this is not a condition that gets cured you learn to manage it with diet restrictions until all this as been done you should not even consider medication natural or otherwise for example the doctor gave my girl phenagan it was supposed to sedate/ calm them for bed it had the opposite affect due to flavouring they put in it to make it palitable for a child they were hyped up for 2 days without any sleep. Please be careful. if the supplement was not designed for the purpose make sure you look carefully at the possible side affects.

with love and light Julie

Lynn - posted on 06/26/2011

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Have you talked to your pediatrician? You may ask if she should be tested for a sleep disorder. Children need to rest their bodies and minds and it's important for her to be rested enough to function at school. There may be resources on the internet to try - relaxation techniques, changes in diet (no caffeine, for example), avoiding scary movies, a bedtime bath or story to help her get ready to sleep. Has she always been this way, or has something happened recently that may be upsetting her like a change in family stress level, fight with a friend, or bad dreams? Does she have trouble falling asleep, or wake up during the night and can't fall back to sleep? My nephew has medication for severe insomnia - he's 11. My son has bad dreams sometimes (he's 9) so he often sleeps in my 7 year old daughter's room because he doesn't like to be alone. My mom gave him a dream catcher that he hangs by his bed and he really believes it helps to keep the bad dreams away. If he sleeps in the living room (like when a friend sleeps over), he hangs it on the entertainment center. Hope this helps.

Jamie - posted on 06/26/2011

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Our son went through about 6 months of having difficulties getting to sleep. He loves listening to music so we purchased a small CD player and a few instrumental CD's to play for him at night when he goes to bed. It has definitely helped. Many people have iPods now but I found the issue w/ using an mp3 player is that it is harder to control what music comes out unless you dedicate it as a bed time player and don't download other music. Our son tends to sing along and stay up later if the music has words, so we stick with quiet instrumentals with Beethoven being one of his personal favorites.

Julie - posted on 06/24/2011

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Dear Theresa there are many reason a child does not sleep, over stimulation, allergies to certains types of food that contain e's not warm enough to warm not comfy in the type of bed their in. It is a process of illimination until you find the reason it is however important that before you start thinking about drug natural or otherwise to go throu this process of illimination it akes patience once you have rules things out then ask your doctor to refer him or her to the sleep monitoring clinic who will try and get to the bottom of it some children don't look like they sleep or even sleep with their eyes open I went through this process with both my girls they turned out to be ADHD it took a while to find the offending additives and perservative their ADHD is controlled by diet not drugs such as ritalin Your health visitor may be able to suggest something as well. It does tend to run in familys as well

Heather - posted on 06/24/2011

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Try 3mg Melatonin. It is herbal and totally natural. You can even ask your pediatrician. My son has a hard time getting to sleep. He will actually just lay in bed awake. So, his dr suggested Melatonin because it is non habit forming and it doesnt make him sleepy in the morning. Honestly, ask your dr about it. Hope this helps. :)

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