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How do I get my 10 year old son to sleep all night everynight?

My 10 year old son has ADHD and TTM and is on meds for both of these and also take 6mg melatonin to help him sleep. He still only seems to be able to sleep all night every other night. How do I help him sleep all night all the time>

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crazycorkymom

Asked by crazycorkymom at 9:28 PM on Nov. 6, 2008 in Health

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  • Have you thought about Benadryl? Ask your MD if it is okay to give first. It seems to work with kids who have issues sleeping at night.

    Southerncharmes

    Answer by Southerncharmes at 9:31 PM on Nov. 6, 2008

  • ok if you dont want to go the OTC route there are natural remedies you can give him to help him relax his mind at night you can get these at any health food store or your local GNC they are called
    melatonin, SamE, valerian root, and tryptophan(you know how you feel sleepy after eating the turkey at thanksgiving? its the tryptophan) good luck and maybe call your dr if its becoming a problem it may be and i stress may be something more
    setgirl

    Answer by setgirl at 1:11 AM on Nov. 7, 2008

  • First, I want to mention that that is a high dose of melatonin for a child...was it prescribed by a doctor? Generally speaking, it is not recommended to give children more than 3mg doses and even then not for an extended period of time unless their bodies are unable for whatever reason to produce it (i.e. a brain trauma, disorder or disease).
    Also, what medications is he being given for the ADHD & Trichotillomania? Medication is rarely prescribed, or even useful for TTM, and the meds for ADHD can contribute or even cause sleep disorders and sleep problems.
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    jespeach

    Answer by jespeach at 4:42 AM on Nov. 7, 2008

  • ADHD is often misdiagnosed because so many other issues share the same symptoms:Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), allergies, learning disabilities, hyper or hypothyroidism, hearing and vision problems, mild to high lead levels, spinal problems, toxin exposures, carbon monoxide poisoning, metabolic disorders, genetic defects, sleeping disorders, post-traumatic subclinical seizure disorder, high mercury levels, iron deficiency, B-vitamin deficiencies (from poor diet), Tourette's syndrome, Sensory Integration Dysfunction, early-onset diabetes, heart disease, cardiac conditions, early-onset bipolar disorder, worms, viral and bacterial infections, malnutrition or improper diet, head injuries, lack of exercise, and many others.
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    jespeach

    Answer by jespeach at 4:46 AM on Nov. 7, 2008

  • How is his diet? Have you tried removing any foods containing preservatives, sulfites and nitrates? You would be amazed at the difference it can make in both behavior issues (like ADHD) and sleep issues alike. I would recommend doing that, because even if it isn't the cure, it will help. When you go grocery shopping, try to buy foods that are close to nature as possible. Buy no processed meats, and if the label is full of things you can't pronounce, skip it. Also, no artificial sweeteners (when looking to sweeten, use raw sugar or evaporated cane juice or very little regular cane sugar), and little or no artifical colors/flavors. It will seem daunting at first, but once you get used to it, you'll find it easier and easier. And the results may amaze you.

    jespeach

    Answer by jespeach at 4:50 AM on Nov. 7, 2008

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