There are several reasons why a toddler of your son's age may be such a poor sleeper. Probably the most common is simply that this is the sleep pattern that he has developed. He seems to need very little sleep and does not sleep during the day. While this is often the sign of a very intelligent child it is very difficult for parents who also get little sleep as a result. Another common cause of this kind of restlessness is a reflux problem with stomach acid refluxing into the lower part of the oesophagus especially on lying down. This causes great discomfort for a child. The third important possibility is a blocked nose. Childen of this age simply cannot sleep when they have a blocked nose.To possibly eliminate one of these possible causes try giving your son Gaviscon liquid 5ml at night for a few nights just before he goes to bed.If this helps then reflux is the likely cause. If it does not you will need to ask your paediatrician to see him to make sure that there is nothing else obvious to explain his sleep problem.
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