Having problems falling asleep...anyone's child on meds for sleep?

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Registered: 09-16-2010
Having problems falling asleep...anyone's child on meds for sleep?
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Sat, 08-27-2011 - 6:34pm

My daughter is 7 and is on Concerta for her ADHD combined type. She has been having a hard time

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Registered: 01-19-2012

My 6 year old daughter was diagnosed with ADHD a year ago.

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Registered: 09-13-2008
I definitely would not use Remeron or trazodone in such a young child. I would steer clear of all antidepressants, antianxiety meds altogether. My son is on clonidine for his ADHD and he has to take it at bedtime because it conks him right out. I would try clonidine before the other meds. I know a lot of parents whose kiddos are on it for ASD, ADHD, sleep.
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Registered: 09-16-2010

She's never been

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Registered: 09-12-2003

did she have issues before going on meds? Reason I ask is I have always battle insomnia and DS has had issues with sleep even before we put him on anything for ADHD. When its been real bad I have given him benadryl, I avoid melatonin only because it gives me some crazy dreams and thats another of DS issues we have a bad period of night terrors. We just went back on meds after a summer break and school just started today so will be awhile before I can tell if he is having sleep issues or just not used to new schedule yet. I know mine is 90% anxiety driven, I do take some over the counter stuff but with DS aside from the occasional shot of bendryl I haven't tried anything stronger but I think he also has sleep apniea so thats a totally different issue most likely causing his sleep issues not the ADHD or the medication.

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Registered: 09-16-2010

I started her on a low dose of the melatonin and worked up to the 3mg, but it did nothing for her (it's never worked on me either). I gave it to her for a while

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Registered: 04-19-2008

I would try Melatonin first, it is safe, natural and NOT addictive. We use it, and have for years.