My daughter just turned four last week and she is still not sleeping all night!!!. 4 years of broken sleep!!! She went for 10 weeks at about 3.5 years and that was it. I have tried EVERYTHING!! And the current situation is my DH sleeps in our hallway about 4 nights a week so I can get a full nights sleep. Before kids I was a 10 hour a night sleeper so being woken form 1-4 times a night for 4 years is a killer for me and my family really suffer.
Has anyone got anything they have tried that is a bit different or unsual? i am considering an elimination diet as it runs in my family but despite that I am stil a bit sceptic . All the option out there seem ok for younger kids but 4 year olds are differnt to two year olds ( 2 DD sleeps 12 hours a night no problem). i am also thinking of the sleep schools - but I live in Darwin so it's not something to take lightly and do they even work on kids this old? Also considering some massage lady up here that guarenttes she can get kdis to sleep through. How long can this go on for????
Believe me when I say we have tried everything available except the above and medications.
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28-04-2012 00:17 #1
4 year old STILL not sleeping through the night!! OMG!!!
28-04-2012 00:54 #2Senior Member
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how does she go to sleep?
what does she wake for (drink/loo/cuddle)?
does she have any medical issues (ie snoring or tonsils/adnoid/ear issues)?
when you say elim diet...are you talking failsafe?
i know people with 7 year olds who still wake...you are not alone. Most of them have some form of additional issue though...so finding out why is the biggie
28-04-2012 06:17 #3
My almost 5yr old doesnt sleep through the night. I can most likely count the number of times he has in his life on the one hand. I am just a little bit over it atm. Then as he doesnt sleep right through, he is also up at some stupid hour every day too.
Your def not alone.
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28-04-2012 06:31 #4Senior Member
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I'm with smilygirl, you need to go see your gp and get a referral to a sleep specialist. You need to eliminate a medical reason as to why. My DD never slept until we had her tonsils and adenoids taken out. Now she the best sleeper. Best wishes but you certainly are not alone
28-04-2012 06:33 #5
I agree with PP about ruling out medical reasons.
Have you tried a star chart? So tell her if she stays in bed she'll get a sticker in the morning.
28-04-2012 07:12 #6
My boss' dd1 didn't sleep through till she was 5. That's no help but I guess some kids are bad sleeoers
28-04-2012 07:29 #7
At 30 my DH still has not slept thru a whole night without waking up for food or just not being able to sleep.
28-04-2012 08:39 #8
I think its pretty normal to wake in the night isn't it? It seems the issue is that she can't get herself back to sleep. My kids often wake in the night to go to the toilet but go right back to sleep.
It couldn't hurt to see the massage lady or your gp.
Best of luck
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28-04-2012 20:28 #9
Id love to hear how you go if you choose the magical massage lady
28-04-2012 20:51 #10Senior Member
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feeling your pain Our DD is nearly 5 and it has been an uphill battle since birth althought I am happy to report that she has slept better since she was around 2, before then I tell you no lie she woke every 20 minutes durning the night. We had a sleep study done at Monash Medical Centre which showed no medical problems as such although it did reveal that she has extremely hight arousal levels in her brain (which means she is a super light sleeper). If your DH is sleeping in the hallway which is just awful for him have you considered putting her bed in your room? We moved DD's cot into our room when she was around 2 and hey presto slept through the night for the first time in her life. She is now in her own room again and has slept quite well for the last 18 months however the last 8 weeks she has been waking frequently and needing attention through the night I am putting it down to the fact I have just returned to full time work and she misses me so I am just making an extra effort to spend more quality time with her and also make sure I put her to bed each night and we have big cuddles etc.... Good luck with whatever path you decide to take, just remeber when it comes to your sanity and your families sanity you have to do what is right for you and not listen to anybody elses opinion - there really are no rules when it comes to a good nights sleep
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