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My 3, almost 4 year old has been recently diagnosed with all of the above. We have had Emme since she was 7 months old and she has only slept through the night a handful of times. She used to scream out in the night and sometimes it would go on for an hour or more. She didn't reach milestones at a normal pace, but as we worked w/her she caught on pretty quick. Her biological mom tested postitive for 5 different drugs during her first trimester, and we were told by social services that she could have problems in the future. As time went on she would wake up and cry, then she starting seeing things in her bed, like bugs, spiders, worms, flies, etc. I would try to reassure her that nothing was there and that she must have had a dream, but her fear was larger than any amount of logic. Her Phychologist finally put her on 2 mg. of melatonin at bedtime and that did help initiate sleep, but would not sustain it. Within a few hours she was up again. Her Neurologist added a small dose of Clonodine and increased the dose of melatonin to 4 mg. She was still waking up crying, but not to the degree of visually hallucinating for long periods. The doctors just recently bumped her melatonin up to 5 mg. , and that still does not sustain sleep. Along with the severe sleep disorder she is EXTREMELY defiant. Emme has to remain in control and does not transition well at all. She throws tantrums which are magnified by the normal 3 year old behavior, and is easily angered. There is never a "gray" area w/Emme, it's like all or nothing. She has a lot of sensory issues and is in OT and PT for those issues. She obsesses on things and repeats herself over and over. Emme is very impulsive she just does things w/no thought of consequence or danger, and she has a very high tolerance to pain. We have been to so many different doctors and are scheduled to see more in Sept. I am hoping someone will be able to help us get some of this under control. There is so much going on w/her and I could go on for hours, but I do not have the time or energy tonight. Is anyone having or know of anyone who has had similar issues? It is a challenge and struggle every day because we never know what kind of mood she is gonna wake up in and how the next thing we say will affect her. Thanks for listening and all advice is welcome.Answer Question
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