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He is refusing to sleep

Posted by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 1:31 AM
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..because he doesn't want to have bad dreams.
He is five. Had 4mg of melatonin. Its 1030 & we have to get up at 0530.
This is the fourth night in a row that he has stayed up late (with melatonin), crying, refusing to fall asleep because he is afraid he'll have bad dreams.
I've sang, I've patted his back, put on relaxing, classical music, melatonin, letting him lay in my bed..nothing is working.
Any advice??
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lovinmykiddo07
by Ruby Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 1:53 AM
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mattiehatter
by Mary on Dec. 12, 2012 at 1:55 AM

Have you talked to him about the bad dreams?

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Dec. 12, 2012 at 1:55 AM
Is he still awake? Poor baby I've had bad dreams and fought sleep lately. Is he on any new meds that could be causing the bad dreams. My dad always use to tell me to think of the one thing that made me happy before I fell asleep to keep from getting scared at night it helped think happy thoughts lol
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Dec. 12, 2012 at 1:56 AM
Ride in car?
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Dec. 12, 2012 at 1:56 AM
Does he have night terrors? Bless his heart. I'm so sorry that he's so scared to sleep.
CheesyKitty
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 1:59 AM
Get him a dream catcher? Kids love to believe things like that and when it comes to dreams what your mind believes matters most.


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wkukid
by Beach Bum on Dec. 12, 2012 at 2:01 AM

Melatonin doesn't work for everyone. It doesn't for me. Try talking to him about his fears, if that doesn't work contact his doctor.

lovinmykiddo07
by Ruby Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 2:13 AM
Yes we've talked about the dreams. And melatonin has worked for the past year.

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Melatonin doesn't work for everyone. It doesn't for me. Try talking to him about his fears, if that doesn't work contact his doctor.

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MixedCooke
by Ruby Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 3:08 AM

There was a recent show regarding melatonin on Dr Oz that melatonin may actually be causing the weird dreams.  I would try something else such as warm milk turkey or cherry juice, all of which has tryptophan, which would help ease him to sleep (brush teeth afterwards).

MixedCooke
by Ruby Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 3:09 AM

also try massage with lavender lotion or "monster spray with some lavender oil).

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