My 22 month old son only sleeps 4 hours a night.

Miranda - posted on 04/03/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My 22 month old son only sleeps 4 hours a night. He will go back to sleep between 6 and 7am and wants to sleep for 4-6 hours. He has been doing this for months. Ive tried just about everything. He is usually asleep by 8:30 pm but is back up at 12:30. He is cranky all the time. Ive tried keeping him up all day for a few days in a row but he still only slept around 4 hours during the night. I switched his schedule, thinking that would help but it didn’t. He eats dinner around 5 or 6 pm, bath 7, story time at 7:20 and in bed by 8. He has to be wore out. I know I am. What should I do.

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Samia - posted on 04/05/2011

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hi Miranda, my daughter used to do the same untill her doctor advised me to give her this high calorie milk Pedia Sure, and it workd with her, he he eats around 6 then he must be hungury again, juice isnt a good idea since it might boost his sugar level which will make him active, try giving him a bottle of this milk around 11pm, before he wakes up and see it keeps him through. Gripe water also helps in digestion and is bit sedative too, doctors dont believe in it but you can try it by giving him after his dinner. also massage his legs and feet with olive oil after the bath, it will relax him a great deal, some times kids are over tired thats y they keep waking up through the night.

Joan - posted on 04/05/2011

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Hello, Miranda. This must be extremely frustrating and tiring for you. I am wondering if there may be some sort of medical problem with his digestion. Possibly some sort of allergies to dairy that is upsetting his little stomach? My son had similar problems when he was younger and it turned out to be some major allergy issues. I could also be allergies in the air that might be causing him to have trouble breathing that wakes him up. Also, fruit for snacks late in the day could cause some sleep disturbances just because of the natural sugar. Perhaps trying oatmeal or even scrambled eggs (sounds crazy but really may help). I am a true believer in trying to adjust eating schedules and diet first to be sure that is not what is causing the problem. Also, try to keep him on the same schedule every day as much as you can for a while, even if it means upsetting your schedule a bit. Sometimes they just need to get their little internal clocks reset. I honestly feel your pain and have been there myself. Good luck!

Carol - posted on 04/04/2011

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You will be laughing about this when he is older and you can not get him out of bed!

Carol - posted on 04/04/2011

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Don't we all! I sincerely hope he eventually gets back to normal sleeping. It can not last forever. He is still too young to get him to play quietly by himself if he wakes up - Good luck!

Miranda - posted on 04/03/2011

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@ Carol I talked to his dr about it a couple months ago. He didnt seem to know why. He is getting his eye teeth now but it doesnt seem to be bothering him. I tryed the sleep time head to toe body wash and lotion. I dont normaly give him to much sweets. Ive changed his diet to see if that would help. He doesnt like warm milk. I will give him fruit for a snack sometimes if hes hungry before bed. I wish I had half of his energy.

Carol - posted on 04/03/2011

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Have you spoken to your doctor about this? Could he be in some sort of pain that keeps him awake? I am sure you have tried but sometimes it is the simplest things - Lavender scented bath oil in bath before bed, maybe take a look at his diet? How much sugar ( natural or otherwise ) is he having in the afternoon - evening? any food colouring ? Bananas and warm milk are good for relaxing - If only we could find a way to bottle the energy these little guys have we would be rich!

Miranda - posted on 04/03/2011

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Thanks. Ive tryed to lay down with him rocking him. I think ive tryed just about everything I can think of. Ive even let him sleep with me and his dad. He wakes up and he is like the energizer bunny. Its been going on for months.

Lise - posted on 04/03/2011

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Have you tried going into his room at 1215 and at the first signs of waking, rocking/comforting him back to sleep? It works like a charm for my daughter. As long as I get to her before she wakes, she'll continue sleeping.

Miranda - posted on 04/03/2011

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No he isnt hungry when he wakes up. I will give him some juice to drink. He is usually tired at 8.

Miranda - posted on 04/03/2011

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No he isnt hungry when he wakes up. I will give him some juice to drink. He is usually tired at 8.

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