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to be psychotically happy about melatonin referral?

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oneforward20back Wed 10-Jun-09 18:20:43

One thing to say in support sleep! grin Apartly not done to be dancing round house like loon hmm But 4 years and so little sleep makes you a bit mad anyway grin

MitchyInge Thu 11-Jun-09 15:30:49

I don't know if YABU or not but felt sorry for your little thread, sitting there unanswered and unloved

bubblagirl Thu 11-Jun-09 15:30:51

not unreasonable at all im jumping around as been told we can have the repeat for ours as just done 3 mths and was supposed to be referred in 6 mths so would be 3 mths without sleep again but they have left me a message saying repeat is ready to be picked up hooray bubbla boys behaviour is fab when he is on melatonin completely different little boy

2shoes Thu 11-Jun-09 16:24:20


TheCrackFox Thu 11-Jun-09 16:30:18


Here's hoping you all get a good nights sleep soon.

carocaro Thu 11-Jun-09 16:38:11

oooh am interested in this, tell me more, is it for your son who is 4, how did you get it??????

bubblagirl Thu 11-Jun-09 18:43:30

carocaro my ds is also 4 we spoke to pediatrician about lack of sleep and behavior and she agreed he qualified for melatonin and gave trial 3 mths it was great settles him straight to sleep started with about an hour went to 30mins now takes 15 mins

his behavior from having gone to bed at normal time even with night wakings is fantastic different boy to how he was without sleep

lou031205 Thu 11-Jun-09 19:25:13


DD1 was up all evening, every evening, until her paed gave her melatonin.

lou031205 Thu 11-Jun-09 19:25:53

Now within 10 mins of having it, she says "I go bed now".

bubblagirl Thu 11-Jun-09 19:32:15

its great lou isn't it my ds was having 3 hrs sleep a night it was awful i started losing my hair now 7pm or before he is in bed and i get to read and relax and i love it lol

oneforward20back Thu 11-Jun-09 22:05:57

And the ironic thing last night he got 12hours without having had the appointment to get it shock go figure but i felt like a different person today. Tonight is not looking good - preschool boosters having given him fever and he is talking in his sleep already (only been down 15mins) Pass the caffine - its going to be a long onesad

Ninkynork Thu 11-Jun-09 22:13:29

YANBU, whenever I mention that DS hasn't slept for more than three hours without waking in two years the G.P says, "Oh but some people just don't need much sleep. Look at Mrs Thatcher!" hmmhmm

oneforward20back Thu 11-Jun-09 22:19:17

Yes but point out that you do and lack of sleep is a form of torture with serious health risks...

... then smile nicely and ask GP if they fancy babysitting on night to get abetter picture of the problem. grin

Will admit I had to ask for this to be considered as had been told the same thing combined with normal sleeping meds can have hyperactivity side effects its not worth trying with your son hmm plus i wrote a politely worded rude letter a month before i went to see doc.

Ninkynork Thu 11-Jun-09 22:25:37

I'll certainly do that, thanks smile I thought that perhaps that DS would be considered too young and that I'd have to put up with it for a couple more years. H.V says it's all my fault of course. Maybe she'd like to join the G.P when he's babysitting?

oneforward20back Thu 11-Jun-09 22:39:08

ninkynork: It is something very tempting to ask. I know drug is not generally licensed in UK and that it is only granted on specific person only basis. Won't garantee you'll get it and I suspect it will depend on the impact on ds that the lack of sleep is having. We have had some pretty serious violent behavioural problems as well as ocd, asd ... and it goes on. So you might not find it easy to access.

Will wish you luck though.

Ninkynork Thu 11-Jun-09 22:48:54

Thanks for that, and I'm very glad for you although not tonight with your poor DS's temperature.

<<Passes oneforward20back a litre of Redbull>>

oneforward20back Thu 11-Jun-09 22:50:59

Inserting direct line to blood stream and sticking head in OU stuff supposed to have done last week. Might as well be productive if up late wink

lou031205 Fri 12-Jun-09 10:47:26

I think that GPs are not considered 'expert' enough to grant an unlicensed sleep medication such as Melatonin to children. Our GP does prescribe it for DD1, but it is on the written request of her Consultant, who is a specialist in neurodisability and autism.

Research has shown it to be useful in children with ADHD, ASD, and other neurodisabilities, but I'm not sure there is much about Nuerologically Typical children benefitting.

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