Allison - posted on 10/30/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )
I've read many posts on sleeping disorders and wanted to start a new one to ask what has helped your SPD child sleep better at night?
My 3 year old has been seeing a sleep specialist, OT, and behavioral psychologist and we've tried many behavioral and medical approaches without consistent success. His main problem is he is so restless and cannot stay still at night. We're currently giving him iron supplements since low iron can cause restless legs but after 3 months his already low iron level actually dropped. We also use a weighted blanket and melatonin which helps him fall asleep but does not help him stay asleep. (As a side note, we're giving him 3 mg of time release melatonin and I'm contemplating switching him to a more common 5 mg time release melatonin but I'm nervous about giving so much to such a young person since he's had episodes with night terrors in the past. Do any of you have experience with higher doses of melatonin?) Restless leg syndrome does run in my family but so far my son has not specifically complained about pain or creepy crawlies in his legs that would help us diagnose RLS. It's mostly a problem he just can't lie still!
Any advice? I welcome even out there advice since I feel like I've heard it all (and tried most of it too by this point!)