Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Mandy | 2007/03/08

Q.

Toddler problems

My 20 month old toddler has two naps during the day for 1 hour each. She wakes up at between 06h30 and 07h30 evry day but she doesn't wanna sleep at nite. She eats supper at 18h30 and in the past I'd put to to sleep at 20h00 and she's fast asleep by 21h00. Nowadays she doesn't fall off to sleep properly. Her eyes become small and u can c she's drowsy but she refuses to sleep. If there's a slight indication that it bedtime, like if i lead her to the room or put her on the bed to suck her bottle she screams and only keeps quiet if I walk out the room with her or if she sees that i've given up trying to make her sleep.Eventually i'll go sleep at 22h00 and by this time the house is quiet cos we all wanna sleep then she throws a tantrum. she doesn't wanna sleep. if you stay with her on the bed, she refuses to sleep and would rather walk around in the dark. Wen she gets tired of doing that she cries for me to put her on the bed but she doesn't sleep. She tries but she just rolls around on the bed, sucking her thumb with her eyes closed until she falls off to sleep, which is by 00h00. Sumtimes she wakes up at about 4h00, and doesn't wanna go to sleep.

Her father speaks zulu and I speak english. will this cause communication problems for her cos she only speaks baby language. She says "there" and plays games with us but she doesn't say any sensible words. By when should be talking or saying a few words? She listens to instructions and wen we call her she comes. If we tell her to stop doing something she listens, so she doesn't have any hearing problems. She bites us or anyone that makes her angry and she enjoys pinching / scratching and smacking us and yet I don't smack her or do any of these things to her so where is she learning to do this. She is my first and only child, hardly exposed to other children cos she stays at home with a nanny. Is it possible for a toddler to have worms, she grinds her teeth at nite in her sleep - which I've heard is a symptom of worms - how do I treat this??

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This has nothing to do with having worms. Part of the problem must be the mixed messages she is getting from her parents with you speaking to her in English and her father speaking Zulu. Meanwhile she is ruling the family.This is a very common problem and I will leave it to our expert forum members to assist you.

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