my son will not sleep in past 4:30 what can i do?

CaZandra - posted on 07/03/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I have a five year old that has Autisim and ADHA and he wakes up at 4:30 everyday. He then gets his younger brother up. I have tried everything that i know. Please help me. I am also almost seven months pregnant.

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Mandy - posted on 07/03/2011

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My son and sometimes my girls too are up at 5AM. We have trained them to stay in their rooms until 6AM when we come and get them up. I like the food bribe ideas and also maybe using a child like on the brother's door or even his door if you need it. Also, maybe he's going to bed too early or too late. Hope you figure it out.

Amy - posted on 07/03/2011

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I have included a site I found about helping a child with Autism get a good night's sleep. Is daylight waking him up? Get his room good and dark. Can you lock him out of his younger brother's room? Can you reward him on the days he doesn't wake up younger brother? Maybe have a donut ready if he lets little brother sleep past 6 or 7 (set a TV to go on or off at the required time so that your 5 year old knows it's now ok to wake up little brother). Food bribery often works. If he doesn't like donuts, maybe getting a sucker for a reward if little brother gets to sleep till the required time.

When my girls were about 5, I taught them to quietly go to the living room (without waking me up), turn on cartoons and have a snack until I woke up around 7. Good luck-you will need to manage him with rewards probably, but it can be done. Stay positive and in charge.

Here is the site: http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/helpi...

CaZandra - posted on 07/03/2011

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I do use melatonin and he is also on seroquel, intuniv and prozac. He still will not sleep.

Amy - posted on 07/03/2011

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I would talk to your pediatrician. Sometimes, it is appropriate to medicate a child for sleepiness, but only a doctor and YOU should decide. You are going to need extra sleep in the next several months and you need to state your case to your pediatrician. Also, Melatonin is a natural chemical that our bodies use to help us go to sleep. I buy a mint flavored 2.5 mg pill from the health food store and cut it into 4 little pieces. When I am desperate for my girls to go to sleep, I let them chew up 1/4 of a 2.5 mg pill with my pediatrician's approval. Good luck!

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