Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Dineo | 2010/07/27



My 3year old son has, since birth, only been going to bed after 10pm. He regularly wakes up in the middle of the nite &  is still tired when I wake him up at 7am,to get ready for day care. He has an hour long nap during the day. What could be the cause for his limited sleep and how do I resolve it? Will it help to give him something?

Expert's Reply



You do not mention whether your son has any health problems or if he is using any medicines. Some children, especially boys for some unknown reason, have this kind of sleeping pattern. These children are usually highly intelligent and like to know what is happening in the world and at home. You should let your son get into bed at a fixed time as you decide. Read to him, but not from a very exciting book which will stimulate his imagination too much. Pleasent humorous books are best. Then leave the room and let him page through the book looking at the picytiures.He may fall asleep earlier by himself. I am not in favour of sedatives for children but if your son continues to struggle to sleep and is not getting enough sleep you can consider using Melatonin. Melatonin is a natural hormone. It has not been tested in children but is widely used and is regardedas being safe. You can speak to your pharmacist.

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