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Sleeping??

Posted by on Feb. 12, 2013 at 9:52 PM
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Has anyone had problems with their child sleeping? My child has ADHD and there are times when she either won't sleep at all even at night or sleep for over 12 hours at one time. I feel as if her brain is just giving out when she goes to bed at 5pm and doesnt wake up until the next morning. I am unsure if this is part of Autism or just the ADHD. I still have not had a doctor recognize my concern for her unusual sleeping habits. Granted there will be times when she is on a regular schedule but it only last for a few weeks then back to not sleeping, over sleeping, a constant cycle.

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VioletsMomTown
by on Feb. 12, 2013 at 10:12 PM
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Sleep issues go hand in hand with autism, medically its thought that it has to do with not producing enough melatonin, acid reflux, or an overgrowth of yeast keeping them up at night. It must be affected by the ADHD for your daughter too. I just know that my daughter started sleeping better when I started treating her yeast issue with a diet change, and giving her probiotics before bed. Melatonin works for a lot of kids, that might be worth a try. You have to give it in complete darkness to have it work. Its totally safe, there is no toxic amount, although I would start with no more than 3mg.

takeitall13
by Bronze Member on Feb. 12, 2013 at 10:20 PM

 Our son wakes every 90minutes to 3 hours at night.. he wakes more than our 13m old who still wakes to nurse.  Sigh.  I wasn't sure if it was related or not but that is another thing I'm asking at his evals!  Verrrry frustrating.

takeitall13
by Bronze Member on Feb. 12, 2013 at 10:23 PM

 hi!  i know this is OT to this post but its related to your reply..  Our son gets yeast infections and blister rashes from almost any foods he eats, esp greasy or seasoned ones...  is this because of a yeast overgrowth?  Is there a specialist they can send me to at our evals?  it's awful!  Nekos afraid of pooping and diaper changes because of it- he literally stops breathing when he gets rashes :/

Quoting VioletsMomTown:

Sleep issues go hand in hand with autism, medically its thought that it has to do with not producing enough melatonin, acid reflux, or an overgrowth of yeast keeping them up at night. It must be affected by the ADHD for your daughter too. I just know that my daughter started sleeping better when I started treating her yeast issue with a diet change, and giving her probiotics before bed. Melatonin works for a lot of kids, that might be worth a try. You have to give it in complete darkness to have it work. Its totally safe, there is no toxic amount, although I would start with no more than 3mg.

 

VioletsMomTown
by on Feb. 12, 2013 at 10:35 PM
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Yes, its a whole body yeast issue, and can come out as sleep issues, diaper rash, bloating, thrush etc. It smells awful when they poop too! :(    I am going a natural route with my daughter, we go to a naturopathic doctor who is also a dan (defeat autsim now) doctor. She is wonderful. She did a test called an organic acids test which indicated yeast in my daughter, so we changed to a grain free, dairy free, soy free, sugar free and also starch free diet, and we give her probiotics to help kill off the yeast too. Its a tricky thing to beat, the best way is with a diet change, but its a lengthy process...well worth it though! Yeast is a problem with so many people's health issues, but mainstream doctors don't usually give it the time of day. Here is an article you can check out (link)


Quoting takeitall13:

 hi!  i know this is OT to this post but its related to your reply..  Our son gets yeast infections and blister rashes from almost any foods he eats, esp greasy or seasoned ones...  is this because of a yeast overgrowth?  Is there a specialist they can send me to at our evals?  it's awful!  Nekos afraid of pooping and diaper changes because of it- he literally stops breathing when he gets rashes :/

Quoting VioletsMomTown:

Sleep issues go hand in hand with autism, medically its thought that it has to do with not producing enough melatonin, acid reflux, or an overgrowth of yeast keeping them up at night. It must be affected by the ADHD for your daughter too. I just know that my daughter started sleeping better when I started treating her yeast issue with a diet change, and giving her probiotics before bed. Melatonin works for a lot of kids, that might be worth a try. You have to give it in complete darkness to have it work. Its totally safe, there is no toxic amount, although I would start with no more than 3mg.

 



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takeitall13
by Bronze Member on Feb. 12, 2013 at 10:53 PM

 definately something we'll be looking into- esp the probiotics.. his rashes are AWFUL, usually he gets blister ones but recently he had a rash that turned into a yeast one :///  I"ve been stripping diapers for a week just incase

Quoting VioletsMomTown:

Yes, its a whole body yeast issue, and can come out as sleep issues, diaper rash, bloating, thrush etc. It smells awful when they poop too! :(    I am going a natural route with my daughter, we go to a naturopathic doctor who is also a dan (defeat autsim now) doctor. She is wonderful. She did a test called an organic acids test which indicated yeast in my daughter, so we changed to a grain free, dairy free, soy free, sugar free and also starch free diet, and we give her probiotics to help kill off the yeast too. Its a tricky thing to beat, the best way is with a diet change, but its a lengthy process...well worth it though! Yeast is a problem with so many people's health issues, but mainstream doctors don't usually give it the time of day. Here is an article you can check out (link)

 

Quoting takeitall13:

 hi!  i know this is OT to this post but its related to your reply..  Our son gets yeast infections and blister rashes from almost any foods he eats, esp greasy or seasoned ones...  is this because of a yeast overgrowth?  Is there a specialist they can send me to at our evals?  it's awful!  Nekos afraid of pooping and diaper changes because of it- he literally stops breathing when he gets rashes :/

Quoting VioletsMomTown:

Sleep issues go hand in hand with autism, medically its thought that it has to do with not producing enough melatonin, acid reflux, or an overgrowth of yeast keeping them up at night. It must be affected by the ADHD for your daughter too. I just know that my daughter started sleeping better when I started treating her yeast issue with a diet change, and giving her probiotics before bed. Melatonin works for a lot of kids, that might be worth a try. You have to give it in complete darkness to have it work. Its totally safe, there is no toxic amount, although I would start with no more than 3mg.

 

 

 

 

blessedhappymom
by on Feb. 12, 2013 at 11:00 PM
My son has gone through phases like that. Then he'll randomly get himself on a regular sleeping routine and then go back to an odd sleeping routine. His OT did mention it was also related to his sensory processing issues.
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VioletsMomTown
by on Feb. 12, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Poor little guy, that must feel awful. I hope that info helps him.


Quoting takeitall13:

 definately something we'll be looking into- esp the probiotics.. his rashes are AWFUL, usually he gets blister ones but recently he had a rash that turned into a yeast one :///  I"ve been stripping diapers for a week just incase

jthompson1976
by on Feb. 12, 2013 at 11:34 PM

yes my daughter has all along   they end up giving her depressant pill for night time helps with sleep and melt downs   and then intuniv during the day   works great

jthompson1976
by on Feb. 12, 2013 at 11:36 PM

melatonin did not work for my daugther  yes it would help fall asleep only sleep for 1hours   that when doc tried   depressant way   i guess used for a lot of things.. works great for my daughter

darbyakeep45
by Darby on Feb. 13, 2013 at 4:52 AM

My son goes through stages. He will sleep really well for a while but then stop. It's frustrating as I have no idea why! Right now he's sleeping pretty well. Hugs mama! 

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