I read through the post Anita Nap did on her little one and sleeping problems. I made a comment on her post about having some problems with that as well. Thank you Anita Nap for the info about sleep apnea... I made an appt today with his ped to see what we can do.
I was wondering though, since so many of you have tried Melatonin, how do you buy it? I also am wondering at what age did the kids start using it and how can you buy it? Like is it a pill, chewable, liquid ect. We have used benadryl on several occasions as of late since some nights I am so deperate for sleep. But we also use it for mild hives related to all his food allergies (I only want to use his Epi-pen for emergencies), so I really would rather not use it for sleeping. Since I know Melatonin is a more natural way to go, I need some advice.
Also, if anyone has any other ideas on things to try, let me know.
I guess I also should explain our probs for those of you who may not have read the comments on Anita Nap's post.
Josh used to sleep pretty well at night. He woke up once or so, but not for long and usually he would whine a little and go back to sleep. About 3 months ago, he started waking up more and was wide awake. He will play in his crib and not scream for the most part which is good, he is just is awake and doesn't seem sleepy. I have had to get him out of the room at times since we wakes up my 4 yr old and that isn't really fair for him to have to be woken up. When I do get up with him, he doesnt' want to rock or anything he wants down and to play. He runs around, squealing and giggling (which is not a normal behavior for him). It has gotten so bad the last month or so.. he wakes up every 1-2 hours and takes only 45 min to an hour naps during the day. It is sooo frustrating. So that is why I am looking for help. Our 6 year old with autism went through a stage similiar to this that lasted for a few months, but he was 4 1/2 when it happened. He was much easier becuase he would just lay on the couch and watch movies. Josh is so much more difficult.
So if you have any other suggestions, please feel free to share! Thanks for all the help. I am greatful every day that I have found all of you!