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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: Dalene | 2008/01/27

Q.

Daughter won't sleep

My 7 year old daughter has over the past month become increasingly anxcious at bedtime. She doesn't want us to switch off the light, wants to sleep in our bed or has even suggested sleeping on a mattress on the floor. Her 9 year old sister sleeps in the same room, but she still tells us that she "gets scared" and ends up staying awake until 2 or even 3 in the morning. I've spoken to her and asked her what she is afraid of but she doesn't seem to know. I think it is something that she might have heard or seen on TV or perhaps even adult conversation about crime. However, I think this has now merely developed into a habit and that the mere thought of going to sleep in a dark room makes her anxcious. Is there any natural remedy that I can give her to calm her down?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

What is more important than trying any natural remedies is to find out what is bothering your daughter. Did this problem start when she went back to school or has she recently changed schools? Is she being bulliied or is she worried about a teacher? Has there been some other recent problem in the family such as an illness of a grandparent?Her night terrors are significant and you may need to take her to see a child psychologist.

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