Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Adell | 2009-11-23


5½  Year Old


For the last week and a half, my son have dificulties sleeping at night. Nothing has changed, because we have a routine that is been working. He wil go to bed, but will wake up between 5/6 times. He wil yell sometimes, and say funny things, and then he will ask to sleep with us. We refuse, and take him to bed. We aked him what is wrong, then he said it' s his stomach that is not well, but we cant seem to find any problem, we gave him meds - Kentraxil 2 times, another time Scopex, but didnt " improve" . He normally went once a day, currently go 2/3 times a day, but not diarahee. ( He was on antibiotics 2 weeks ago with Sinu and throut infections, but we gave him Lacteol, around this time his stomach became a " problem" .) But keep telling us his stomoach is not well.
Once he said, he is not getting a lot of attention, his baby sister is getting more. So we are making a point of it, to cuddle him, to show EXTRA love, do things just with him. He said is afraid that somoene will come in to our house to harm us, then I will assure him by telling him we, are there to protect him, the 3 dogs outside, burglar bars. ( We never experciened crime?)
We did the nice approach during this nights, by cuddling, stroking him, to get up if he calls us, we did the strict method, and say go to your room! Nothing helps!!
I was out of town, and he slept with his dad in bed, and he still woke up 3 times sitting upright, had to assure him...

Please can you give us any advice.


Expert's Reply



This is a passing phase caused by you going out of town recently. Your son is now worrying that you will do this again and in his mind possibly not come back home to him. He needs lots of reassurance, tell him you are staying with him now and gradually this problem will disappear. When he wakes up he needs reassurance that you are indeed at home with him.Using a nightlight in his room for a while will help.Read to him before he goes to sleep at night.

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