would you give rescue remedy to an 8 year old?

(33 Posts)
duke Sun 11-Nov-12 22:04:24

My ds 8 has developed a going to sleep problem. He's always been good at going to bed and usually reads himself to sleep. But just recently he's been crying and saying he can't sleep because he's crying. I've gone through all the usual questions checking he's ok at school/friends/home etc he says he really doesn't know why he's crying. I think he's getting himself in a twist about going to sleep. I have used myself rescue remedy night spray and found it helped me and wondered whether to try it for him. Am I mad to even consider this??? Feel like he needs something to break the habit.

bealos Tue 13-Nov-12 12:14:58

Unless, duke it's a "pretend' Rescue Remedy dropper thing... I mean, kids have teddies, comforters, all sorts to get them to sleep.

bealos Tue 13-Nov-12 12:16:28

I also have to sit with my ds1 (7) til he goes to sleep. He doesn't normally take long and sometimes I find it frustrating, but he'll generally go to sleep quicker than if I leave the room, when it becomes a battle.

I've found comic type books he can read himself in bed are great for leaving him alone though - TinTin is ace! And then I promise to come and check on him in 5-10 minutes and by the time I come back he's fallen asleep on his book!

duke Tue 13-Nov-12 18:11:18

I've spoken to school today she said he has been absolutely fine, working hard, no problems at school. So that has put my mind at rest. Gave him the rescue remedy after the second bout of tears and he feel asleep DS 6 came in crying, jumping on the band wagon and said I can't sleep either can I have some, I said no go to bed he did and went to sleep. This am ds said the horlicks and medicine worked, let's see how tonight goes.

GrimmaTheNome Tue 13-Nov-12 18:29:07

Good - glad it broke the cycle. Sometimes we need these little props - the plain water anti-monster spray for under small children's beds for instance. And I would think better RR than the pharmaceutically active alternatives some resort to though using as placebos, such as calpol.

TwoCrazyKids Tue 13-Nov-12 19:09:12

You can get rescue remedy for kids smile

LynetteScavo Tue 13-Nov-12 19:15:00

Maybe some lavender oil too?

I spray a bit in the bedroom, and tell the DC it's "magic sleepy stray".

Behind their backs DH calls it the "calm the fuck down spray".

elfycat Tue 13-Nov-12 19:15:36

I'm a bach flower practitioner and you can give rescue remedy to children just fine. I've been giving my kids the stuff from 6 months. Maybe it just makes you feel better as a placebo (though obviously I don't believe that) but if you're calmer and your DS feels better because of it then it's still a winner.

My background is 20 years in nursing but I have an interest in all kinds of health care and am open to anything that works IMO bach remedies including rescue remedy do work

If you have any specific questions please pm me.

duke Tue 13-Nov-12 22:29:17

Thanks for all your help and advice, I really appreciate it. Tonight he had warm drink and story then one drop of rescue remedy, which called sleep medicine and for the first time in over a week hasn't cried and gone to sleep. Think I'm going to carry on with RR but only if he asks for it and see how it goes.

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