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Marne Fri 03-Jul-09 20:17:58

In the last week or so dd2 (3.5) has become a night-mare at bed times, she takes up to 4 hours to settle and is then struggling to get up in the morning for nursery. She seems to be tired by 5.30pm so i try and put her to bed at 7-7.30pm but she seems to get a sudden burst of energy and starts running around, rolling on the floor and wants to play.

I know part of the problem is that she is sleeping in the sitting room (due to lack of space), her toys are in the room so plenty of distractions.

Dh and i are so tired and i have hurt my back from lifting her into her bed 100's of times.

Should we consider taking her to the GP to get her something to help her sleep?

Any tips please?

brandy77 Fri 03-Jul-09 21:21:36

This sounds exactly like my son, he appears extremely tired and then goes hyper and cant settle for hours. Im waiting for a prescription from his london paed for Melatonin, apparently local gps, including mine, dont like prescribing it

ive been sharing a single bed with my little man for 5months due to his fear of sleeping alone, im hoping the sleep potion will assist me getting him back into his own bed!

mysonben Fri 03-Jul-09 21:47:52

No good advice , but i can sympathise .
DS (3.8) was a nightmare for going to sleep from birth to about 6 months ago, he used to be awake until midnight or even later on a bad night!
Six months ago we decided not to let him have anymore nap during the day whatsoever not even 20 mins. Only a 20 mins nap is enought to recharge his batteries for another mighnight performance! wink

Since he has improved with falling asleep at around 9pm. Still not that early but a vast improvement.
He too seems to get more hyper as the evening comes. hmm As my patience is running thinner in the evening not a good combo! grin

mysonben Fri 03-Jul-09 21:50:14

No good advice , but i can sympathise .
DS (3.8) was a nightmare for going to sleep from birth to about 6 months ago, he used to be awake until midnight or even later on a bad night!
Six months ago we decided not to let him have anymore nap during the day whatsoever not even 20 mins. Only a 20 mins nap is enought to recharge his batteries for another mighnight performance! wink

Since he has improved with falling asleep at around 9pm. Still not that early but a vast improvement.
He too seems to get more hyper as the evening comes. hmm As my patience is running thinner in the evening not a good combo! grin

5inthebed Fri 03-Jul-09 22:02:13

I know how you feel. DS2 is a nightmare if he doesn't have his melatonin before bed. He turned the gas cooker on once shock. Luckily for us, I'm a very light sleeper, so got it before it was serious.

I would get something prescribed to help. Our local GP couldn't describe it until the Paed had, and even then she was reluctant as NHS guidelines say they shouldn't. I've just had a prescription off the GP, but I doubt she will do another one without the Paeds say.

lou031205 Fri 03-Jul-09 22:10:11

Melatonin is unlicensed for children, so each Doctor takes full responsibility for prescribing it, which is why only a specialist will prescribe. Our G.P. now prescribes it because the Paed wrote to the surgery asking that "the prescription is continued unless no benefit whatsoever is seen". That covers the G.P.

5inthebed Fri 03-Jul-09 22:59:32

I think the GP has contacted the paed and asked them to provide something like this.
Fingers crossed he does!

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