2 1/2 year old with major sleep problemsI know it is common for toddlers to not want to go to sleep, but my toddler seems to be on the extreme end of the spectrum with this and I don't know what to do anymore. He has never been a good sleeper, but in the last 3 months it has become a real concern. He won't cry, but will sit in his bed staring at the wall for up to four hours before falling asleep. The other night, he crashed at 6 pm because he had not slept much the days before and then woke at 2:40 am and never returned to sleep. I got him out of his bed at 7 am.
His diet is healthful, we do not watch tv in our house with him, we have always had a relaxing bedtime routine, and the list goes on....but still this child won't sleep. His pediatrician said he did not see markers for autism. He noticed my son was a little wild, but I can honestly say that when he is tired, he gets increasingly wild. The days he actually gets somewhat normal sleep (which are few and far between), he is a calm and articulate child. The days he doesn't, he seems totally scatter brained.
He mentioned melatonin and I gave him .125 mg tonight so we will see, but I am worried about giving him a hormone. What else can I do? I am desparate to help him.
hollyfred2002 on 2009-07-29
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