What is your kids' sleep schedule like?

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What is your kids' sleep schedule like?
Sat, 08-16-2003 - 1:22pm
Does your kids have sleep problems. On any meds for it?
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Sat, 08-16-2003 - 3:12pm
Oh Yes, sleep problems! We definately have sleep problems.zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz oh sorry I fell asleep due to lack of sleep LOL Actually last night was the first night (for reasons unknown) that I acually got to sleep all night YEA!

My 8 yo is up at all hours of the night. The psych put him on Risperdal about 2.5 - 3 mo ago. Knocked him out like a light and stayed asleep for about he first month, but then he started to gain weight (YEA about time he started eating, skinny as a toothpick that boy is!!! Gained 6 lbs now to add to his 50 lb body)

The main reason we put him on the Risperdal was b/c he was having aweful night terrors, they are so scary! Of course he never remembered them b/c he's alseep the whole time he's screaming his head off, sweating & shaking like a leaf. But anyway it 'was' working for us, but even after having the dose increased recently his anxieties were getting the best of him and he still was getting up in the night. Just today the psych added Celexa to hopefully ease his anxieties (ex. he won't go to bed w/light off, have to have closet light on all night, along w/nite lite & lava lamp going, plus he won't go upstairs & play alone,even during the day, b/c he's afraid)

For a non-drug relief,someone on another message board suggested Melatonin to me. She said you can get it at Walmart for like $3 something a bottle, she said she checked w/pharmacist about it and the dosage for her child. I guess her childs problems were that he didn't sleep much and was up at all hours just to be up. So, from what I understand is that Melatonin works good for that but not for what my son was dealing with. (I checked w/our psych about it.)

Good luck to you!


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Sun, 08-17-2003 - 5:08pm
We used to have more problems than we do now. DS could not get to sleep, and once he was asleep he awoke every 2-4 hours as an infant. This pattern continued until he was 2.5 yrs. At that point, he began sleeping through the night. Now, he sleeps continuously. Our main difficulty is getting him to sleep at night. He seems to need less sleep than his parents (LOL).

We also choose to co-sleep with him, which is a personal choice that I would not push on anyone else. It works great for us, but all members of the family have to vote "yes" on this issue. As he gets older, we will move him to his own bed, perhaps having him lie with one of us to go to sleep initially. He is 3.5 yrs right now, and we don't feel it is inconvenient to have him with us. He is also one of the few preschoolers I know who does not have anxiety issues about going to sleep.


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Sun, 08-17-2003 - 6:20pm
Tristan never had any sleep probs until last summer, when we started him on meds. I mean, this kid would go to bed around 6pm, and sleep until 6-7 the next morning!! (a few years ago, when hubby was at sea, I would get so fed-up with things during the day that I had the kids going to bed between 6 & 7 every night!! lol)

When we started him on the Tenex last year, it took a lot of adjusting to find the right amounts for him. We finally thought we had it all figured out, then realized that he was waking up just a few hours after going to bed and staying awake for 2-4 hrs every night. Told this to the doc, and she said it could be related to the meds. We cut back on his nighttime dose, and he sleeps like a champ once again!

Both kids (Tristan, 7yo and Hollyann, 5 1/2yo) are in bed between 8 and 8:30 every night, and wake around 7am. Altho, a few times a month, Tristan will disappear just after dinner, and we find him already in bed. (and yes, he will sleep the night thru)


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Sun, 08-17-2003 - 11:38pm
Thanks for everyone's thoughts. I guess I'm lucky. My kid used to have major sleep problems--bedtime struggles and then wandering at night, watching TV, getting into the freezer and eating the ice cream, etc. This was at 2yo. But now at 3.5y---he doesn't have any night terrors. He was doing well for a few months--going to bed at 8:30pm--up at 6am. That's very well for us!! Now he's back to the bedtime struggles. I will try to put him down at 9pm--won't be asleep until 10:30pm. Up at 6:30am. Sometimes a nap at 5pm---won't wake up---even tried cold water on his face. At actually--1.5 hours--he will wake up. He goes thru days of napping, then days of not napping. We always have a "quiet time" in the afternoon--in hopes of a nap about 1-2pm. He'll even "look" like he's almost asleep--but never goes.

I was just wondering if I should think of meds for my son.