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    Default 6 year old sleeping issues...should I seek help?

    My 6 year old seems to have trouble sleeping. He goes to bed quite well and seems to sleep through the night but often gets up ridiculously early like 3am and plays in his room and goes back to sleep. I had a "sleepover" with him in our spare room last week And we both slept in the queen size bed. I was shocked that he seemed to stir in someway every 10 mins. I know we all sort of wake and go back to sleep but this was constant all night. He snored slightly at times. Should I see a dr? Anyone else experienced this? I was wondering about adenoids.

    He usually doesnt disturb us but the kid is always tired. He goes to bed at the reasonable time of 7 pm so he should be well rested when he gets up at 6am.

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    I watched a documentary quite recently about kids who snore. Basically, it said any child who snores has some type of sleep apneoa (spelling?) where dozens of times a minute, they stop breathing for up to 15 seconds at a time. It can lead to sleep avoidance because they are too scared to sleep. That might be what is happening with the 3am waking.

    The advice was to get them checked out by a specialist as soon as possible. I think they said after the kids get their tonsils or adnoids out, the problem resolves itself.
    Hope that helps. Can't remember where I saw it. Maybe on sixty minutes or one of the other current affairs programs. Seemed like it was a potentially serious problem that could easily be fixed.

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    I had been thinking something like that. I had my adenoids out as a kid for that reason. we always just thought he didn't sleep much because noone in my DHs family sleeps much. They all function well on 6 hrs a night (I need 9!) but after experiencing his frequent tossing and turning I got worried. Will take him to the gp I think. might help his behavior if he sleeps better.

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    I would take him to the GP to get a referral for the ENT. 3 out of my 4 daughters have had their adenoids removed for similar reasons with tossing and turning, snoring but they all had a long list of ENT issues also. Worked wonders for them.

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    My four year old just had her tonsils and adenoids as they put them down as the cause of her restless and broken sleep. From birth she has never slept and we were told it was 'just how she is'. She was always tired and was getting quite aggressive as she was so tired.

    I begged the Dr to investigate why she wasn't/couldn't sleep and was referred to an ENT. Four weeks later she was booked in for the Op. Six weeks post op and I have a different DD. She sleeps through the night and isn't tossing and turning. She wakes up happy and is finally learning at Kindy because she has the ability to concentrate.

    ETA: DD never snored in her sleep, but was extremely restless and woke 6-10 times a night.

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    Thank you everyone! He was a great sleeper until this year and I just put it down to a stressful time in our family. And he never snored but now it's a quiet snore. Will def be taking him to the gp for a referral. I also get tonsillitis all the time and wish they had taken them when they took my adenoids so might get them to check that out. He often complains of sore throats and would prefer one surgery over two. Thank you everyone. Noone wants their kid to have an operation but it will best for him in the long run!


 

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