I have a 3 year old son . Who Talks in his sleep at least 4 times a night.
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Diane - posted on 03/29/2010
I would shy away from giving him any medication. Is your son a very active little boy? If so, this is probably why he is acting out his dreams by talking in his sleep. Also, if your son is a nervous little boy, this might cause him to talk in his sleep. May I suggest a few things for you? First, make sure he has a down time before you put him to bed. This could be reading a book to him before his bedtime. It is best to read him a story while he is in bed. Choose your book wisely. You don't want him excited by the story. Also, don't give him anything to drink a hour before bedtime. Sometimes children will talk in their sleep when their bodies are trying to wake them to go to the bathroom. Try very soft music in his room. The Solitude Collection has wonderful arrangements of different nature sounds, different accoustical music and such. If your son falls asleep to this kind of music, it will relax him and let him have a good night's sleep. When he does talk in his sleep, try getting him up to go to the washroom. If he does urinate, you will know his body was sending him signals to wake up. If you do this a couple of times, try and notice if he speaks less in his sleep. I hope this advice helps.
Amber - posted on 03/30/2010
I had this happen with my daughter as well, although her's seemed more like mini night terrors, we found that helping her go to the bathroom during these episodes stopped it. We will wake up, put her on the potty, and then carry her back to bed and she stops. Hang in there:)
Haley - posted on 04/04/2010
talking in his sleep? i dont really see how thats a problem unless he is scared. All that benedryl does is make him sleep harder and shorten the length of REM sleep. (the deep sleep) I would NOT give him medicine and not worry about it unless he is scared. my daughter does if all the time. she sleeps with us so we get to hear it. No mommy mo more kool-aid for you. that was last night :)
Amanda - posted on 03/29/2010
I dont understand why a doctor would suggest benadryl for sleep talking. There is nothing wrong with talking in your sleep. I have done it for 32 years, my son does it, my husband does it, the best is when my daugther does it, she says the strangest things!
I would actually find out why he made such a suggestion and if he doesnt have a good reason I would start shopping for a new doctor for your child.
Meghan - posted on 03/30/2010
As long as he isn't having night terrors I don't see the problem...and even if they are night terrors, I don't see why a doc. would suggest any medication for this. A lot of people talk in their sleep..my son has night terrors and I go in and rub his back (never pick him up though) until he calms down or wakes up. And every now and then he does talk in his sleep and I actually just listen and laugh (the other night he started laughing then said no mommy a ball! That was it lol). I guess I think it shows a very active imagination and I just wouldn't worry!
Ashley - posted on 03/29/2010
My son is a talker as well... not every night but I don't think it is anything to worry about. My b/f talks in his sleep sometimes as well and his brothers do too apparently. As long as he is just talking and not walking I think he should be safe.
Andy - posted on 03/29/2010
our son Adam has constantly wild adventure dreams and shouts of out dreams various orders :-) 3 times a night on regular basis, i worry and come to comfort him only when its bad dream and he ends up crying ... else no need to worry
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