Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Lindie | 2012-05-02

Q.

Melatonin

Good day doctor, In 2 months our son will be 3 years old. He has NEVER slept through the night. He wakes up between 3 - 4 times a night. Sometimes he''s thirsty, had a bad dream, wet himself or just wants to know we are there. He falls asleep very easily and we have a routine of eating, bathing and then reading in his bed. I have given him quietude in the past but didn''t see any difference. I''ve also tried melatonin but that makes him fall asleep even faster but doesn''t keep him asleep. Our GP once mentioned that for optimal brain development, children needs at least 5hours of uninterrupted sleep. I''m worried about his bad sleeping patterns. He is a very happy, energetic and healthy little boy. Should I be concerned and is there anything I can give him to make him sleep more sound? Many thanks!

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your son does not seem to have a problem in falling asleep, but he wakes frequently during the night. At 3 years your son needs 11 to 12 hours sleep a night.In spite of this he is a happy healthy little boy.Try him on Rescue Remedy.You have already seen that Melatonin and Quietude do not help. Other sedatives are not recommended.

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