Over the last several weeks my 3 year old has started not sleeping at night. I wake her up around 7:15 am and she will sometimes skip nap time at day care and still not go to sleep until the wee hours of the morning. More recently she has started getting into major trouble at day care by not listening to her teachers, talking back, she won't stay in her seat...etc. At home she screams, yells throws tantrums, she hardly eats, she beats up on her sister....I swear I discipline my children....but something is not right with her. I am exhausted and sad because I don't know what else to do. I have made her a doctor's appointment to speak with her pediatrician about all of this. It has been mentioned to me that she may be ADHD. I'm not sure what to think about that. I don't know if it is something I am doing wrong or if something really is going on with her.Answer Question
Answer by coala at 11:59 AM on Sep. 14, 2010
Working on getting her to sleep may solve many problems. Try music, teaching her relaxation techniques, deep breathing. Be creative. My grandson has trouble sleeping because of eczema and sometimes the only way he can fall asleep is being held. If by discipline you mean punish then that can be an issue. Punishment based parenting, authoritarian, is the least effective form of parenting and you can end up with kids that resent their parents and don't obey, they sneak, they hurt others, and they lie. If you are seeing these things it can be because of use of time outs, taking things away, hitting, and other punishments.
Answer by Gailll at 12:08 PM on Sep. 14, 2010
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Answer by Maureen-MD at 12:14 PM on Sep. 14, 2010
I have a son with bipolar disorder and he showed his first symptoms when he was 2. He was diagnosed when he was 11 and is now 22. They now know young children can have bipolar disorder. Early onset bipolar is an horrible mental illness for the child and everyone in the family. I went back to graduate school and my doctoral minor was counseling psychology so I could help my son. One of the key features of bipolar is not sleeping. Here is some info
Answer by Gailll at 12:16 PM on Sep. 14, 2010
My son has always had the most problems with mania. He would only sleep 3 hours for weeks. He thought he could do anything and not get hurt. He has had lots of stitches and several broken bones. Once when he was 2 I couldn't find him and he was hiding on top of the fridge! The flight of ideas can drive you crazy. I had to homeschool him, no way he could have gone to school. No way he could have coped with a day care center.
I hope getting more sleep is all your daughter needs. If not ask for a referral to a pediatric psychiatrist (MD).
Answer by Gailll at 12:25 PM on Sep. 14, 2010
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