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Sleeping ???

Posted by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 6:22 PM
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My son is supected of having autism.  We are on our way to see a specialist very soon.  He will sometimes cry for no reason that I am aware of, but always settles down after being held and comforted.  He is three years old.

This afternoon he became upset and began to cry.  I picked him up and hugged him.  I laid down on the couch with him to see if it would help him to calm down.  He started to calm down and then he would let out  a cry and make a face like something hurt and then would close his eyes and fall asleep.  Then he did this again about 3 times.  He doesn't have a temperature.  Could it be that he was overly tired?  The face he made looked like he was hurting.  Has anyone else had something like this happen with their autistic child?

Thank you!

by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 6:22 PM
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lovebeingmrs
by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 6:29 PM
it could be he is fighting sleep, andrew (who is four) will fight sleep till he just keep his eyes open anymore.
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CSJMommy3
by Member on Aug. 7, 2010 at 6:36 PM

oh ok that would make sense. I just was freaked out by the face he made.  He opened his whole mouth, closed his eyes, and let out this sound that looked like he was in pain.  He is three and not talking, so he isn't able to tell me if something hurts.  I feel helpless.

twins0506
by Member on Aug. 7, 2010 at 8:37 PM

i have the same problem with one of my boys. both have PDD but only one throws severe tantrums. they dont speak either so sometimes i wonder if he is throwing a tantrum because something is wrong or its just his normal self.

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oh ok that would make sense. I just was freaked out by the face he made.  He opened his whole mouth, closed his eyes, and let out this sound that looked like he was in pain.  He is three and not talking, so he isn't able to tell me if something hurts.  I feel helpless.


AngelaPatton
by Bronze Member on Aug. 7, 2010 at 9:45 PM
My first concern would be a tummy ache. My autistic son at least doesn't feel or process pain correctly. For example, he broke his finger and complained his foot hurt. Just a few weeks ago he had a raging double ear infection and said nothing until I accidentally bumped his ear. The doc figured he'd had it about a week. We probably take him in about twice as often as a typical child just because he's not able to communicate how badly hexreally feels.
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