17mo old Not Sleeping!! What Do I Do?

Tina - posted on 11/29/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I Need Help!! My Daughter 17mo Is Refusing To Sleep.. She Was On A Schedule Up Until A Few Months Ago When She Got Sick The Last Time. She Hardly Naps And Still Doesn't Go To Bed Til Anywhere From 2-5am Does Anyone Have Any Advice? Also Her Doctor Perscribed Her Benadryl And It Doesn't Even Help!!!

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She is not getting enough sleep. Drastically under the amount needed for her age. Your doctor should not have prescribed benadryl for that issue. First off, benadryl is not a sleep aid, and it does hype a lot of children up--especially those under 3. Second, it will mask her symptoms and hide the true issue, which does need to be addressed. I would discontinue with that doctor and seek a second opinion, or get a referral to a sleep specialist.

When their sleep goes below a certain amount, usually 60 percent or so of what they should be getting, only a doctor can help you figure out what is wrong. If there is a problem with her sleep stages, it needs to be addressed sooner than later. J's insomnia stunted his growth and delayed several of his milestones. She is much older than he was, but it still needs to be addressed. You will have to be firm with the doctors because many moms complain of kids who don't sleep when there really is no problem. That is why the detailed sleep log is so important--you need to keep the date and write the exact time you try to lay her down, the time she falls a sleep, and the time she wakes on her own. You also need to include a brief description of her activity while sleeping with each streatch of sleep--did she wiggle a lot, was she very still, sleeping very deeply, did she wimper or whine in her sleep, do her eyes open in her sleep, etc.

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Keep a sleep log for a week--it will help you determine exactly how much sleep she is getting for each 24 hour period and establish her sleep patterns. From that log, the doctor can tell you if her schedule is just messed up, or if there is a problem with her actual sleep stages.

You may need to see a sleep specialist, J had to see one when he was a baby, most of them will not do ANYTHING until you have kept a log for at least 2 weeks, and unless you are paying out of pocket, you will need the log for the referral for the insurance company to cover it.

If her patterns are just off, you can fix it by locating the new patterns, that will increase her sleep almost immediately because right now, she is probably loosing sleep by trying to stay awake when her body wants her to sleep, then when it's okay to sleep, her body is telling her not to. Plus she is getting over tired, which makes it even more difficult to fall asleep. Once you establish her new pattern, you can gradually mold it into the one you want her to have by very gradually pushing the times you lay her down closer and closer to the times you actually want her to lay down. Let her sleep the natural duration, don't wake her up.

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Tina - posted on 11/29/2011

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She screams like she's in pain when I told her doctor that's when she gave her Benadryl for Naptime and bedtime and it seems to make her hyped so I stopped giving it to her... A week and a half straight she was up Til at least 5am then sleep Til about 7-8 wake up then go back to sleep Til about 11 then sleep again Til 2 I've tried keeping her up and everything im burnt out I need sleep and idk what to do

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