Childhood Diseases

Posted by: A Mom | 2010-06-23


3.5 year old''s sleeping habbits

My son is almost 4 years old, and we''re having problems getting him to sleep at night. We follow the same routine as always (dinner, bath, story, bed with a nightlight), however, he will lay in bed from about 7:50pm until sometimes after 9pm before actually falling asleep. On the weekend he won''t sleep during the day, however, at creche he sleeps for 1,5 hours - but this late night sleeping happens every day, even on days where he has been very active and is tired.
Because he goes to sleep late, he battles to wake up in the morning, and if left, will sleep until 7am/8am. We have tried waking him up at 6:30am, but he just wants to sleep.
Someone told us to give him Melatonin, but I don''t just want to give him medication, if it''s not necessary.
Please would you give us some advice on what to do.

Expert's Reply



There is no need to give your son any melatonin as he is sleeping for almost 10 hours per night. Many bright and intelligent children do not fall asleep easily and also do not sleep in the afternoon.They also often do not wake up easily in the morning. Do not be concerned about your son. Continue with your present bedtime schedule with bedtime at about 8pm. Reading to him is essential.

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