I definitely think this is anxiety as throwing up at school could very well be him getting emotionally worked up and so worried that it causes him to do so. I feel for you both a lot! I would definitely recommend a GP visit. A few councelling sessions definitely couldn't hurt. Sometimes a good chat with a professional as to why he is feeling anxious about going to sleep, if he remembers when it started, possibly why? How he was feeling when he threw up at school...it all could be from one thing.
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13-02-2014 22:32 #11
14-02-2014 14:36 #12
Thanks for the replies.
I agree that it is an anxiety related event, and I really believe that the school issues are as a direct result of the sleep issues. When he was sleeping properly without difficulty last year, he was a happy child who loved school. A much more confident, well-balanced boy.
One night of bad sleep has resulted in him continually talking himself into bad sleep every night now that school has resumed it's spilling over to there. I have made an appointment with my GP for next week. I have purchased some different Breuer brand insomnia/anxiety relief from the chemist today and will see if it makes any difference tonight. It's just so hard to remain so patient for so long, night after night, but I know I need to for my sons sake.
As a side note, I am also proud yo bouts of insomnia so it may be a heridatory thing, my hubby has never suffered from it so he has no idea how it really feels. He thinks telling our son to "shut his eyes and sleep" will work
14-02-2014 16:58 #13
I used to do guided meditations with my boys at night, just because they enjoyed them, and if he gets to know the sequence, he would be able to do it for himself. Something which focuses on the different parts of the body and consciously relaxes them can be good, there are short forms of meditations called yoga nidra which can take 20 minutes they help me sleep.
The other thing possible could be a warm oil massage, just before bed.
Those are just to help the symptoms, definitely sounds like you need to get to the bottom of the cause. Hopefully he gets some relief soon.
I'm a big softy, if my 8 yr old can't sleep or is scared, I let him sleep with me, and it solves all the problems
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14-02-2014 20:20 #14
gave him some of that Brauers "calm" as prescribed by pharmacist - well he's just vomited it all up
honestly cant ant take a trick.
its putting a lot of strain on my marriage too
15-02-2014 01:51 #15
Oh I'm sorry to hear that I'm sure once you see your gp you feel better becauae im sure they will have some actions that can be taken. Thinking of you
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15-02-2014 07:06 #16
I also have a 7 yo who is not a good sleeper. We have a very consistent bedtime routine, which helps a lot. I read to her in her bedroom for 30 mins every night to help her wind down. She has an iPod playing softly all night so that she doesn't feel alone and also one of those star-projecting animals that is on while she's going to sleep. It also helps her to know that I'm checking on her throughout the night, whenever I'm up with 7 month old DS. Despite all of this, if she has a bad dream, the night is pretty much written off. DH goes into her bed so she can come in to mine or no one gets any sleep. 95% of the time though, she sleeps well with what we have in place.
I hope you can find something that works for your son, 7 is still so little to be feeling so tired and worried all the time.
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15-02-2014 16:20 #18
Thanks icandream - just popped down to chemist & bought some. Fingers crossed for a much better night tonight really really need to break this viscous cycle. Thanks again for all your advice & best wishes it means a lot
16-02-2014 09:50 #19Senior Member
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My dd 7 years finds it very hard to sleep at night, sometimes we let her read in bed and the gp says giving vallergan its not a prescribed medication its a light sedative just once or twice a week means we get a good nites sleep.
But a friend had a similar problem and gave her child a journal and the child wrote his feelings down and mum and dad were able to read it and get to the bottom of a few things.
The best of luck.
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19-02-2014 08:04 #20
went to Gp couldn't see my own doctor but this dr gave me a script for Valium - and a referral to a psychologist. I can't and won't fill the Valium script yet. It makes me I'll thinking about it.
went to a naturopath who gave me gaba powder. Seemed to work first night, but now no effect. Last night was a shocker. Naturopath said if gaba not effective we will look at melatonin??
Oh it's so hard being a parent
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