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ADHD and naptime???? EDIT EDIT 2

Posted by on Aug. 29, 2013 at 11:33 PM
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So my daughter is almost 4(november birthday) and it is ovious that she needs a nap. She has dark circles under her eyes, she is pron to tantrums and she spaces out more than usual. She was diagnosed about two months ago with ADHD, I know this to be a true diagnosis because I grew up with more than one sibling with it so I know it when I see it. As well as the fact that her behaviourr and sleep paterns changed drastically ove a 3 month period.


What I need advice on is how do I get her to at least have an hour of down time without it being a battle of wills?

Daddy and I talked about this issue as well as few other minor ones and have desided that it would be best to talk to her ped and get a referal for further testing to see if there may be something else going on. Thank you all for your input!!you rock


The doctor agrees that she needs to see a specialist but is not sure about what type of specialist. So he wants me to get a letter from her preschool about things they have observed and he wants a letter from our family therapist as well.

I also had an hour long talk with her teacher today after her appointment, she has been having more difficultly than I though and a lot of what I was seeing the teach has seen. The one thing that the teacher and I are having a hard time sorting out is what behaviour is just her age and what is ADHD. That is the most frustrating thing in all of this for me.

by on Aug. 29, 2013 at 11:33 PM
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jonsgirl99
by on Aug. 30, 2013 at 12:04 AM

BUMP!

arkansasmama08
by Gold Member on Aug. 30, 2013 at 3:19 AM
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Maybe try a weighted blanket? Or lay down with her and run her back for a while to get her to sit still and relax.
darbyakeep45
by Darby on Aug. 30, 2013 at 6:05 AM
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Or you can have her sit on the couch and watch a movie during that time.  Good luck!

MamaLauri
by Member on Aug. 30, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Try activities to wear her out a couple of hours before nap-time, then quiet activities and food the hour before nap.

Do you have PeeWee soccer or dance classes nearby? A small exercise trampoline worked wonders for my son. I had a surround made of attachable (Velcro tape) old sofa cushions that were the same height as the trampoline.

jonsgirl99
by on Aug. 30, 2013 at 10:41 AM


She goes to preschool in the morning and then has lunch there. then she is home about half an hour later. She goes outside to run around and play before lunch and then walks home. She should be worn out by the time she comes home but is not.

Quoting MamaLauri:

Try activities to wear her out a couple of hours before nap-time, then quiet activities and food the hour before nap.

Do you have PeeWee soccer or dance classes nearby? A small exercise trampoline worked wonders for my son. I had a surround made of attachable (Velcro tape) old sofa cushions that were the same height as the trampoline.



TIGGERTAC
by on Aug. 30, 2013 at 12:06 PM

My son hasn't napped since he was a year old no matter what I do. The only thing I can suggest is perhaps making sure she is getting enoug sleep at night. In bed by 8pm and up no earlier than 7? That's what we do but my son requires medication to help him get to sleep at night.

Decemberlov
by Member on Aug. 30, 2013 at 12:09 PM
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with my two I always just told them that it was quiet time. We all had to lay down but you didn't have to go to sleep - 99% of the time they would fall asleep anyways. I didn't say "nap" that was a big no, no word to them lol

Decemberlov
by Member on Aug. 30, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Also my DDs neurologist suggested no stimulation an hr before sleep time - no tv etc.

gummibr
by Member on Aug. 30, 2013 at 10:39 PM
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I find that pediatricians will usually say a behavior is age appropriate because they are afraid to make a diagnosis.  My son is bipolar and we were told his behavior was just typical pre-school behavior.  I knew in my gut it wasn't and he was finally diagnosed.  If your gut is telling you its not typical it probably isn't.

crazy4chapstick
by Member on Aug. 30, 2013 at 11:08 PM

wondering the samething right now about the whole age thing.....can't wait until we get in to see the dr.
we think my daughter is ADHD plus some other issues.
she does the same....lots tauntrum and spacing out if she doesn't get a nap. i usually have to turn everything off and tell her to get her blanket (she brings it in the living room in the morning when she gets up) then i lay down with her.....we usually read a story and then she goes to sleep. it's not always easy. sometimes there's a lot of crying before she gets in bed and sometimes it's a breeze.
hope you figure something out!!

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