Childhood Diseases

Posted by: chanty | 2009/04/09




I wonder if you might have some info for me. My son is 15 months old and doesnt sleep through the night. He cries and moans all night long. He has only ever slept through a handful of times since he was 6 months old. He is in creche, so he is sick often.
I had him at the paed in January, who prescribed Vallergan for 2 weeks. It helped him sleep. He then got Bronchitis, tonsillitis and ear infection and stopped sleeping at night again.
I took him to the paed again to see if there is a problem with why he doesnt sleep. The paed prescribed Risperdol (not sure of the spelling). He said we must use 0.15ml to start. He said we can use it up to 6 months. When he comes off, if he still doesnt sleep, we must take a look at ADHD.
Is this drug safe for such a small baby? He weighs 11.3kg and is 77cm. I dont want to harm my baby. If this is not safe, what are the complications associated with such a drug?

Expert's Reply



Risperdal is not licenced for use in babies.I would definitely not recommend its use.Try Melatonin which can be used at his age. This should help your baby to sleep.

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Posted by: Tasja | 2009/04/09

I cant think why your Pead said all these things,i`ve read a thousand times that ADHD can not be detected in such a small child.My son is now 3 years and 8 mnths old,he only started sleeping through about 8 mnths ago.And then only some nights.He is also very active,plays a lot,very bright,and so on.Not sleeping through for a little child is more commen than you think.I think you need to relax,i`ve worked at a retirement village for years and the some of the old ladies and some iother people told me their kids started sleeping through when they were 3 years old.At 15 mnths your child cant even talk yet or concentrate for more than a minute or so.He could be haveing teeth or maybe he feels bad and in pain from being sick,wouldnt you if you were sick this much???Take him for a second opinion or something!

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