Childhood Diseases

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Posted by: Sam | 2009-03-29

Q.

Daughter sleeps on floor

Dear Dr.
We adopted my daughter when she was 4 months, now 2.5 years. She is wonderful and doing well although she finds it exstremely difficult to be seperated from me. She has quiet a marked axiety, although we manage it well. I am just wondering about something she does for the past 6 months. She takes everything on her bed, pillows, blankets, teddy and makes a bed in the passage, on a very thin carpet and cold tile floor. Sometimes we do not hear her and then se will spend hours sleeping on the hard floor, other times we will take her back and she will continue sleeping in her bed. But when she wakes up, she goes to the passage. Her bed is very comfortable and big, we thought it was the aircon, but even when its off, she will do it. We once killed a spider on the wall above the head rest, but we saw a spider on the floor once to, in the passage, but she still sleeps their. I' m just wondering if there is something i can do or must i let it be? It breaks my heart to see her all curl up on the cold floor..
Thanks

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Obviously you do not want your daughter to sleep in the passage.She is going through a period of feeling a bit insecure and also has some separation anxiety. You need to take her back to her bed when she starts trying to sleep in the passage. Reassure her and then kiss her goodnight again and go back to your bed. Do not allow her to sleep in your bed. She will benefit from having a night light in her room.

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Posted by: Cv | 2009-03-31

Hi my little boy , went thru a similiar stage , where we would go to the toile alone or be in the bathroom alone. Hewould sleep in his bed , rather on the floor in my room . I was terribly worried but we stuck it out, went with him to toile and once he was sitting on toilet ,i would say im quickly going to kitchen and then i' d come back , we did this each time lengthening the time we were away from him. Also , let him fall asleep in my bed , then took him to his own and if he came back i would let him dose off and TAKE HIM BACK AGAIN. It takes about a week or 2 of sleep deprivation for mommy and daddy BUT WELL WORTH IT

Good luck.

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