Unusually tired child

Yvonne - posted on 11/10/2011 ( 22 moms have responded )

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My (nearly) 3 year old is extremely tired for the passed week or so. She's whiney and irritable. And twice this week has crashed early at Daycare, and ends up having a morning and afternoon nap. She's going to bed a 7 and waking up at 5 (as per normal), and isn't waking at night. Any ideas?

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Kelley - posted on 11/11/2011

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My k3 year old has been the same way and I honesy think the time change and a possible growth spurt are to blame. givehe a little longer and see if anything might let up some.

Nerida - posted on 11/11/2011

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Is she thirsty/drinking more than usual? It could be just a growth spurt, however extreme tiredness is also a symptom of type 1 diabetes. If there is a family history of diabetes, or if you are simply concerned about her, get her checked out by a doctor.

Tina - posted on 11/10/2011

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Probably just a stage. A possible growth spirt. My son is normally a very active child and a night owl but occasionaly he's the same and sleeps more than usual. But if you're worried talk to your doctor.

Hulya - posted on 11/11/2011

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I agree if she is irritable and tired this could be a sign of diabetes. I would really take her in because if she isn't usually whiny then this could be a concern. Good luck.

Melissa - posted on 11/11/2011

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My son went through a particularly whiny/bratty phase about the time he turned three. It lasted about a month. Looking back I can see there was a lot going on in our lives at the time and wonder if he was acting out based on the mood(s) the rest of us were in. (He transitioned to preschool, I didn't like his teacher, my mother-in-law was in hospice, we were a mess!)
Likely a phase. Especially if she is just getting over an illness/cold. Also wondering if it correlates to daylight savings time (if you live in one of those areas.)

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Yvonne - posted on 11/14/2011

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This morning I had my usual happy girl back (sigh of relief). She didn't give us a second of uphill getting ready for school. And when I dropped her off I got my hugs and kisses and big waves goodbye - no temper tantrum.... Thanks for all the advise mom's - I think the growth spurt seems to be the winner!
Will continue to keep an eye - but hopefully the sun is coming out again....

Tina - posted on 11/14/2011

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they do cut teeth at that age at the back and that can be worse than a youger baby cutting teeth they do get irritable but if you're concerned definately take her to the doctor.

Sherri - posted on 11/14/2011

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It could be as simple as she is getting ready for a growth spurt but just watch that she isn't actually ill as well.

Kamrah - posted on 11/12/2011

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She is quite possibly low on her B vitamins. This happened to my friend and she put her on a Cataplex B vitamin and it solved it. Cured the tempertantrums and everything. So I would just check it out and make sure she is not having any other problems as well. I would defiantly talk to your doctor about it.

Erin - posted on 11/12/2011

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If this is out of character for her, I would definitely take her to the doc. Extreme tiredness can point to many things, including diabetes like the other ladies mentioned.

Melissa - posted on 11/11/2011

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The others are right could be growth spurt or etc, if it continues much more than a week I would check her our with pediatrician' In day care could be a bug. My daughter had Mono at 6 yrs old. go figure!! wouldn't hesitate to check with doc at any rate.

Alexandra - posted on 11/11/2011

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I would talk to the pediatrician! Give him/her a call. Maybe they can say something professional that we dont' think about! Maybe it is just a phase?, maybe she is more active lately?, maybe there is something else?, so I would call the doctor.

Sharlene - posted on 11/11/2011

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Hi , She probably just a really good sleeper ,plus they do say sleep is good for a growning child,If your that concdern take her to her Predi .cheers

Yvonne - posted on 11/10/2011

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She did have a cough for about a week and a half - was having to give her cough mixture 3 times a day.
She eats really well at school (less well at home).
But maybe it is just a growth spurt...lots of people have said that.
But seriously - the whining is driving me crazy! She wakes up whining!
She doesn't seem lethargic or anything....just really bratty.
Maybe it's terrible two's.......

JuLeah - posted on 11/10/2011

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Growth spurt? Getting ill?

Make sure she is getting all she needs in terms of vits - diet is critical - lots of water

If it is still happening in another week, take her in

~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/10/2011

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Could be a growth spurt. That sucks the life out of them. It would be a good idea to talk with your pediatrician about it though. She has gone through many growth spurts by now, and usually a mom knows how they act by then. Yup...call the ped about it. No sense in NOT calling. But it IS great that she is sleeping through the night.

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