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anyone have any suggestions for helping autistic kids sleep all night? My daughter's Dr. suggested to giver her 1/2 tablet clonidine as well as 5mg of zarbee's melatonin. She sleeps pretty much all night except for the fact that during the middle of the night she gets up and gets in my bed. Any suggestions on how i can get her to sleep in her bed all night? Any suggestions for medications for mood swings; she is taking 1/2 tablet of risperdone; but isn't working; open for any suggestions

A MyAutismTeam Member said:

I read somewhere about a child who loved to sleep with his Parents except it wasn't the Parents he loved so much it was their bedroom so they switched bedrooms. While this may not be applicable to everyone it does show what we think the problem may be, does not mean that's what it is. My daughter had similar issues but I realized her bed wasn't comfortable enough for her to sleep throughout the night. Now that her bed mimics mine (medium-firm foam mattress) she stays put with no bed hopping even with a late night potty break it's back to her own bed.

posted about 1 year ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

We recently moved and have had sleep troubles since 10months of age. The biggest being my son waking in the middle of the night and coming in my bed. We just moved to a new home, in the process we bought him a racecar bed and a new soft mattress. (he was in a toddler bed, now in a twin). A little fighting the first few nights, but I laid with him in his bed until he went to sleep. I expected him to do the same( come find me in the middle of the night).......but we are on week 3 of him sleeping through the night in his own bed! Only got up once for a bad thunder storm. So maybe in conjunction with medicine , maybe try a new mattress? I think he feels like he was sleeping on my bed,

posted about 1 year ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

I love your point willwilliams. I realized at one point that the position of my sons bed made a difference. As for the crawling in your bed...pick your battles in this journey:) I would just ride that wave until she is comfortable. Typical children do the same thing. Both of my kids did this until THEY felt they no longer needed to and I miss it honestly:) For sleep we just take melatonin. Kids get scared or just like the security of us near them at night. Just ride the wave...you will miss it when it passes:)

posted about 1 year ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

My son is also on the same medications a little higher doses. We have an appointment with a sleep clinic and going to have a sleep study done. They think he is up and down all the time because he not resting well. The test will also find out if he has RLS.

posted about 1 year ago
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