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How long does it take for an autistic child to get used to not having a dummy?
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Penmon123 · 10/05/2022 06:04

My daughter is 4 and we have just taken her last dummy away 3 nights ago. We explained that when the last one broke, she wouldn’t be able to have it any more. She understands and hasn’t asked for it. She’s done really well in terms of not crying, but because she doesn’t have it she is really struggling to relax at bedtime and for the last 3 nights she hasn’t gone to sleep until past 9pm and is waking at half 5am unable to get back to sleep. She has always had sleep issues and the dummies were the only thing which got her back to sleep early in the morning. While we don’t want to damage her teeth, we also want her to get enough sleep so that she stays as happy and healthy as possible - and obviously lack of sleep will make it even more difficult for her to handle stress. What is worse - still having a dummy overnight or not getting enough sleep?? Does anyone have experience with autistic children and taking dummies away and if so how long was it before their sleep settled down???

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