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Posted by: Micky B | 2010/05/26

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ADD child sleeping badly

My 7 year old son has ADD &  has been sleeping very badly recently. I have made no significant changes to his diet or routine, only those recommended by the school nutritionist last year January as he has several hereditory allergies.

He has also been misbehaving at school lately, having shouting matches with his teachers &  bullying other kids. He attends a private school for children with ADD / ADHD &  other learning difficulties. The school has several experts such as a nutritional expert, a psycologist, an educational psychologist, etc. He also has a lot of individual &  group sessions with the psychologist when ever he misbehaves at school, which seems to be more frequently as of late.

A friend of mine suggested I try melatonin. Will this be beneficial? The omegas are also not really aiding his concentration &  I''m also worried that this will lead to weight gain. He is also constantly agitated, moody &  depressed. The fact that he''''s not sleeping may be adding to his ADD.

There is no psycological factors like abuse or alcoholism that could play a role in his recent behaviour, so my best guess is that it might be dietary.

Please help, I''''m at my wits end!

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ADHD Expert

Dear Micky B,

You are correct in saying that his moodiness and concentration are likely to be affected if he is not sleeping well. Melatonin can be used to help regulate sleep cycles; however, as you have mentioned your child has a number of allergies, please check with your GP before starting anything.

It seems the school is covering all angles with his numerous therapies. However, if with improved sleep patterns there is no change in his current behaviour, it may be worth while taking him for a medical checkup and/or a referral to another educational psychologist or play therapist who is not involved in his day to day activities.

Good luck,
Delia

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2010/05/27

Dear Micky B,

You are correct in saying that his moodiness and concentration are likely to be affected if he is not sleeping well. Melatonin can be used to help regulate sleep cycles; however, as you have mentioned your child has a number of allergies, please check with your GP before starting anything.

It seems the school is covering all angles with his numerous therapies. However, if with improved sleep patterns there is no change in his current behaviour, it may be worth while taking him for a medical checkup and/or a referral to another educational psychologist or play therapist who is not involved in his day to day activities.

Good luck,
Delia

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