Tagged: sleep issues
January 21, 2021 at 10:31 pm #192377rookieslrParticipant
I have a 7 year old son with ADHD, and sleeping for him was great up until about 6 months ago.
We have a fairly good routine with him (pj’s on, washroom, brush teeth, story, lights off and bed), and this occurs at the same time every night, within between a 30 minute window.
He now gets up ALL the time, it ranges from ‘turn the tv down’ which we don’t have up loud, ‘I need a toy’ to ‘I want the washroom’ but does not actually go, he wanders around, doing whatever.
We used to give him melatonin, which works wonders, 20 minutes after a dose and he would fall fast asleep.
But can anyone advise on the lasting effects of keeping your child on it? We use it for around a month or so before taking him off it, because it is to our knowledge, you should not keep a child on melatonin for long periods of time?
Also, I am researching purchasing a white noise machine, and just wondering has anyone on here had any success with these, especially using them for sleep routines? Further to this, I know white noise machines are not a one size fits all, but are there any brands that people can recommend?
I have seen posts similar to mine, but I did not want to hijack other posts, as that is not fair to all.
Thank you for your help in advance.
January 22, 2021 at 12:41 pm #192432Penny WilliamsKeymaster
I can’t tell you the long-term effects of melatonin, but my son has been taking it for 12 years (currently using the Olly Sleep Gummies which have a couple other ingredients too, he’s 18). It’s the only way he gets sleep. The following also help him:
– weighted blanket
– nature sounds
– essential oils
– Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime EXTRA tea (has to be the extra)
ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Coach, Podcaster & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism
January 24, 2021 at 2:34 am #192475GazettechanParticipant
I don’t have any idea for the long-term effects of melatonin as well.
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