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Posted by on Jan. 15, 2013 at 2:49 AM
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Hi Everyone,

 My daughter just turned 3 on the 13th for the past 2 months she hasnt been sleeping. She will fight sleep until 5 or 6 IN THE MORNING!!!! then she will wake up at 10. She is only sleeping between 4 and 5 hours and even then she won't even nap during the day! I know this is soo unhealthy for she and i both. Ive tried everything under the sun I even took her to the doc and they wanted to set her up an appointment with sleep specialist which still hasnt happened and ive been calling them for weeks now. I'm at my wits end and don't know what to do I just want my baby to sleep good and another thing is ever since the sleeping thing she hasnt had any kind of appetite at all. PLEASE HELP!!

Thanks Ladies,

 Worried Momma :(

by on Jan. 15, 2013 at 2:49 AM
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by on Jan. 15, 2013 at 4:05 AM

Similar experience here. My DD is almost 3 & she has just recently started this as well. Fortunately it only lasted a few days to a week & she has gotten better, but it's still a fight to get her to stay asleep when she had no problems previously. Mine has been a picky eater for a while now tho. So, just know you are not alone in this. My first thoughts were, maybe she is going thru a growth spurt or a phase or having nightmares/ night terrors, but I don't know any of that for sure. What I think helped my DD was that I just stayed firm but still comforted her as much as I could. I told her I was just a room away & if she needed me I would come back there (& I do, every time she calls for me, but I hug her & lay her back down), but that it wasn't my bedtime yet. I also let her sleep with me if she wakes up in the middle of the night, but she always starts off in her bed every night. Lately I have had to reassure her multiple times every night & at first she was absolutely hysterical, but each night has gotten better. I feel like I am having to sleep train her all over again! The first time it took me finding that "magic hour" when she would be just tired enough, but not over tired & getting her on a bedtime routine. This time was different tho, she had all of that in place, but still was fighting sleep until 2 am. I know I may not have many answers for you (heck, I don't have them all myself either), but hopefully this gives you hope that "this too shall pass". Just keep reassuring her. At different ages & stages in their lives, kids gets insecure, afraid, anxious about things that we simply don't understand, but it should pass. Otherwise, keep on that dr about getting an appt. Good Luck! I hope you both start getting some sleep soon.

by on Jan. 15, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Wow. That's a tough one! Is she very active during the day? Has she been somehow getting caffeine? Sodas and teas? Not just colas have caffeine...even orange soda has caffeine with some brands! I wish I had something else to offer. I've never even heard of a child that age fighting sleep until 5 or 6 am! ♥Hugs♥

by Member on Jan. 15, 2013 at 11:17 AM

When my son had trouble sleeping, I would get him in a dark room and do a total body massage. It seemed to help him. It does frequently take a while to get an appointment with a pediatric sleep specialist. Been there, done that. Good luck.

by on Jan. 15, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Keep on the doctor about getting the sleep test done. I would call everyday, several times a day until they scheduled it. It is not healthy for her to be sleeping so litle and it could be  sign of something else going on.

Good luck mama.

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by Silver Member on Jan. 15, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Wow, I haven't heard of that before, you have a real live wire! Have you tried melatonin? Or tylenol used to make my kids sleepy. Also, just make it really boring for her, don't reward her for being awake, no playing, reading, no lights,no nothing!

by Bronze Member on Jan. 15, 2013 at 12:14 PM

I would keep trying to get in touch with your doctor to get in ASAP.

In the meantime, could she be going through a growth spurt?  Also, has she been having nightmares or night terrors?  I know both cause huge sleep disruptions and sometimes for a few weeks.  Also, watch what she eats because there may be something in her diet that is keeping her up or even an allergy. 

by on Jan. 15, 2013 at 1:49 PM

What does she do when she's not sleeping?

by on Jan. 15, 2013 at 2:04 PM

 I dont know if she is to young to take melatonin a natural sleep aid. Your best bet is a sleep specialist i hope things get better for you.

by on Jan. 15, 2013 at 2:05 PM

she is very much so a live wire lol and we havent tried melatonin because it says not to give unless pediatrician says to and also it can effect other things and makes kids that younf at risk of seizures and stuff and since seizures run in her family i dont want to give it unless doc instructs me too :/

by on Jan. 15, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Also while she isn't sleeping we will lay in the room in the dark and she sits and talks about everything under the sun and sings and everything else you can think of. she has had a history with night terrors but they havent been bad lately so i'm at a loss 

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