My almost-six year old doesn't sleep

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Registered: 04-09-2011
My almost-six year old doesn't sleep
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Sat, 04-09-2011 - 11:02am

It's been over a year now and our daughter refuses to sleep at a reasonable hour. To make matters worse, she now stays up until 3 am! She is so hyper and talkative - all she wants to do is explore the house/play. Nothing we do works and we're so exhausted :( We've seen the doctor about it and she has no suggestions apart from telling us that WE need to cope with it - not HER. Our daughter is almost done with the 1st grade already (she is still 5) and will be headed into the 2nd grade under special classes by June. We all want a gifted child, but the downside is they DO NOT SLEEP! It's like we're being punished for her being bright. It's so backwards. Someone pleaseeee give me some advice here. I am so tired :( She sleeps an average of 6 hours a night.

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Mon, 04-11-2011 - 11:26am

Hi there!

Welcome to the board. I can certainly understand why you are so tired!

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Mon, 04-11-2011 - 1:39pm
I'm sorry that you are having trouble getting her to go to sleep :( I'd consider seeing a new doctor with that type of response from your current one. To me, it's not normal for a child to want to stay up that late at night and there has to be something more going on. You might want to consider getting her fully tested and examined by a psychologist or pediatric neurologist. Although it might not be ADHD, I'm really concerned that there is something medically going on with her. Has the school made any mention of her behavior, is she having trouble learning?

One thing you should talk to your doctor about is melatonin. It's used a lot for kids with ADHD that are having trouble sleeping due to meds, it's a natural supplement: http://www.ivillage.com/melatonin-0/related-topics/4-y-94420. I know that it's hard to come to terms when your child is dealing with a condition (my oldest is ADD), but with a diagnosis comes a game plan. It gives you hope and a way to learn to deal with problems such as these. (((HUGS)))

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Mon, 04-11-2011 - 10:20pm

I agree with the Melatonin.

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Wed, 04-13-2011 - 4:01pm
Thank you for the cheat sheet and your advice!
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Wed, 04-13-2011 - 4:06pm
The ped finally snapped out of it and called in for an urgent appt with a Developmental Specialist. We will see her on the 19th of May. They will give our daughter an IQ test and other tests. We tried to get into the sleep study, but they told us we needed other tests first. Ping Pong! :) All of the doctors we've dealt with since Monday (and our ped) shot down the idea of Melatonin, despite it being perfectly safe.

If I were to go ahead and give her some (my husband uses it), what dosage is okay? He has 3 mg tablets. Should I cut it down and start really small first? So new at this - and so thankful you're all supportive! Was starting to feel alone in this mess :(
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Wed, 04-13-2011 - 4:11pm
Thanks! You mentioned that the dose was increased over time. In your opinion, do you think it may not work as well down the road?

Mine has night terrors, which is another reason I keep asking the ped to approve us giving her the Melatonin. None of our doctors are willing to approve it for her. But there hasn't been any clear explanation as to why it's not "recommended."

I think we should try to locate the liquid M and start very small too. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with me!
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Registered: 06-17-2005
Wed, 05-11-2011 - 10:23am
Thanks for posting this Kristy! This is a great guideline.

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Registered: 06-17-2005
Wed, 05-11-2011 - 10:24am
I second the use of melatonin. My husband uses it as well. His job has irregular hours and it messes up his sleep patterns. Melatonin has been useful for him.

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Registered: 05-28-2011
Wed, 06-01-2011 - 10:09pm

Ha ha, I thought I was the only parent with this problem.