K.E. asks from Dallas, TX on October 27, 2009
Sleep Aid for Children
I know this sounds crazy but I have two girls ages 2 and 5. They just moved to a new home and had their dad leave us so everything is out of whack. They have always been great sleepers but now they aren't sleeping. They get maybe 6 to 8 hours of sleep and that is waking and coming and sleeping with me but very restless. So needless to say none of us our sleeping.
So my question is I have heard about an all natural sleep aid for kids but I can't remember the name. So anyone have any suggestions?? I would love to sleep again.
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K.R. answers from Dallas on October 28, 2009
melatonin is what you are looking for, but read up on it I give it to my 16 year old..
Try some sleepytime tea
And then try chamomile before resorting to the Melationin
You also may want to try some aromatherapy there are certain scents that bring on peaceful sleep. I prefer lavender
A.F. answers from St. Cloud on October 28, 2009
Instead of melatonin, you can use products that are made FOR kids. Rescue Remedy by Bach flower essence has a kids sleep aid(Rescue Remedy works well on it's own but they have a product called Rescue Remedy Sleep) Calms Forte by Hylands is made for kids. The Rescue Remedy is a drop and the Calms Forte is a tablet that melts as soon as you put it in your mouth.
Also, fill a squirt bottle with water and 6 to 8 drops of lavander essential oil. Spray a few times around the room before bed.
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J.T. answers from Dallas on October 28, 2009
A homeopathic remedy called Calms-Forte for Kids works great.
G.C. answers from Dallas on October 28, 2009
maybe start a bed time routine of drinking chamomile tea together. The tea itself is calming and sitting down to a big grownup mug of hot liquid shared with Mom might be emotionally settling for all of you.
K.D. answers from Dallas on October 28, 2009
I am so sorry for the difficult time you guys have had to go through. I would still try to go without giving them something. I would keep a bedtime routine as far as bedtime, soothing activity, etc. And, some quiet time with prayer to assure them that you guys are a team and you won't be going anywhere during the night. I would also add some "white noise" with a humidifier for consistency in "lulling and keeping" them asleep. My 5 year old still loves that sound because it drowns out any other unfamiliar ones. Best wishes to you!
C.P. answers from Dallas on October 29, 2009
Sorry to hear about your situation. You can do a few things.
Get lavender oil (100% essential oil) and you can put a few drops on a tissue and put that in their rooms (that will relax them)
you can also put some epson salt in their bath water.
Herbs 4 Kids has chamomile calm and valerian calm. it will not make them sleepy but it helps them relax and perhaps they'll sleep through the night. I used to give my son valerian calm in his morning chocolate milk (he was stress out about going to school) anyways, let me mention that for some kids is sort of the opposite. valerian calm did not work for my daughter. maybe she needed at a different time or maybe it made her too sleepy and that's why she got cranky so daytime use was not for her. I tell you this so you realize that not everyone reacts the same to natural or pharmaceutical products. music/white noise is a good suggestion too. Good luck! ~C.~
J.C. answers from Dallas on October 28, 2009
All of the rest was good advice, although with Melatonin you might want to be careful with children (make sure you check with a doctor first and get dosages right). It's usually only recommended if your child isn't creating enough of it on their own. If you start giving it to them regularly, their body adjusts and makes less of their own and then you can really see how their sleep cycles could get screwed up or dependent upon the supplement.
I recently heard from my mom's group that lettuce tea works.
You can just use iceberg. Wash, then boil a few pieces of iceberg lettuce, then let it sit for a few minutes on the stove with the burner off and then serve warm. Apparently
lettuce is used as an ingredient in juices that are used to treat insomnia. You could also try a good dose of calcium and magnesium (that always gives me a good night's sleep).
Best wishes for a smoother transition for you and your girls.
K.M. answers from Dallas on October 28, 2009
I am so sorry to hear of your situation. This must be so hard as a mother to see. I have a friend who has a little one that has trouble settling her mind down to sleep at night, so she found some melatonin spray at whole foods that she just gives her a squirt or so and it has helped greatly.
L.T. answers from Lubbock on October 28, 2009
Sorry to hear about your divorce. Melatonin is the sleep aid I have heard of. If they were good sleepers before it is most likely the stress of what you are all going through. You know how you feel as an adult. For kids it can be hard to express so they have trouble sleeping, act out, become introverted, or can seem like they are normal. We had a high stress situation in our family that affected our daughters sleep habits. It was seperation anxiety. You may all sleep better if you let the girls sleep with you or in your room on the floor in sleeping bags. That will help the girls feel more secure being close to you, especially since you are in a new home too. It may help you feel more loved too. Just a thought.
Hope you find the answer you are looking for. Lack of sleep makes stressful times that much harder.
Praying for you and your girls.