not sleeping

Gayle - posted on 11/14/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hi my little boy started melatonin last nigiht as he wakes up constantly thru night. It didn't work do any other mums have same problem. And will melatonin start working. Help.

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Malia - posted on 11/21/2014

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My condolences, as a mother of 7 I am overwhelmed by even the remembrance of those sleepless nights. I am also a trained naturopath and massage therapist and my husband is a chiropractor specializing in ped.medicine.yet oddly enough, when it came to our own children it was like we've never met a child in our lives. We put our daughter who was having such a hard time sleeping on melatonin it worked for about eight days and then she grew a tolerance to it. At that point we researched it a little bit further and come to find out the way that A child's brain processes melatonin way differently than ours. It's took us about a month and a half to wean her off of that then we were right back where we started. I started massaging her with basil and lavender oil even though she would fight it :-). It took about 20 minutes the first time and I'm not kidding after 10 days I would rather little on her temples behind her ear and in her frenulum, and she would be to sleep within 120 seconds. I what we learn from that was let's put fewer things and her kids mounds try from the outside first. Bless you and the best of luck

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Gayle - posted on 11/21/2014

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Thank you my lb has no trouble going to sleep. He just doesn't sleep through he wakes up constantly through the night he 2 in January we r both so so tired melatonin just doesn't work at all. I'm sure he will sleep through some time lol its just really exhausting at times x

Chofis - posted on 11/20/2014

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I'm no expert so I can't say what is going on. This is just my experience with my toddler. She wouldn't sleep through the night until about 16 months old. Every two hours or so she'd wake up and breastfeed. I eventually couldn't take it and at 12 months started to slowly add a bottle, then two, until she eventually weaned at 14 months. It still took us 2 additional months until she could sleep at least 6 hrs at a time. Now, at 18 months, she sleeps around 8-9 hours, sometimes even a little more if she wakes up for a bottle early in the morning and falls back asleep. I'm not saying weaning is the solution necessarily, but in my case I think it helped get her to the point where she didn't miss the boob anymore and could comfort herself back to sleep when she would wake up through out the night.

P.S.: Something that is definitely very helpful is to have a night routine. My toddler knows she gets a bath after dinner and after that is bedtime. Once she's in her pj's I ask her if she's ready for bed and she agrees and is happy to be in her crib. She likes knowing what comes after each activity.

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