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Autism and Melatonin j0des(+2) 18 kids; Virginia 5095 posts
23rd May '13

So, the developmental specialist recommended melatonin because my son has issues falling asleep/staying asleep.



I gave it to him for the first time last night because it took me forever to even find the right mg in a liquid/dissolve-able to give to him.



I'm kind of at a loss here.. it was AWFUL. He didn't go to sleep for two hours after taking it. The doctor said an hour before bedtime, the bottle says 20 minutes before bedtime. We did our usual routine.. I could tell he was tired.. he just would not give into it. My husband tried it too and he was OUT within 45 minutes, says he had the best sleep he's had in a long time.



My son went to bed at 11, got up at 1. He was inconsolable(much like he was the other night after taking a nap during the day), didn't know what he wanted. Confused, delusional. He kept saying he was hungry, then he would say he was thirsty, then he would zone out and just cry when I tried to help him. He was up and down like that all night! He got up around 4 again walking around. I gave him another drink, he went potty, and I had to just sit with him for another hour and snuggle him.



He never really got much sleep..and when he did sleep it was back in our bed.



I really didn't sleep much at all..between him and my youngest having to nurse. Its made me kinda grumpy today and I feel terrible about it.



What do you think....? Should I keep giving it to him and eventually it'll do its job?



I'm kinda not wanting to give it to him again if thats going to happen..

Rebekah Garden x3 Due October 5; 33 kids; Fall River, Massachusetts 5223 posts
23rd May '13

Maybe the dosing is still incorrect? I would try for a few more days, if it keeps happening call the specialist and see what she/he recommends.

La~La 4 kids; Houston, Texas 22034 posts
23rd May '13

one or two of my sons therapists recommended AGAINST melatonin...



Melatonin and serotonin work in conjunction with each other when youre sleeping. They work in a balance. Too much of one throws the other off. while the melatonin may help you sleep, it wont be the right kind of sleep because it throws off your serotonin which regulates your deep sleep cycles...Eventually everything will be all helter skelter and youll have more problems than what you started with

HungryHippo 2 kids; Missouri 11974 posts
23rd May '13

Have you tried a weighted blanket?
My son has SPD and has sleep troubles and his therapist recommended a weighted blanket,were waiting for one now so we haven't got to try it yet

Destinite TTC since May 2011; 1 child; 2 angel babies; Florida 30892 posts
23rd May '13

Sounds like the dose wasn't high enough. What is his age/weight and dose you gave?

j0des(+2) 18 kids; Virginia 5095 posts
23rd May '13

see my niece has ADHD and she is only 5 pounds heavier and less than a year older than my son and she has a higher dosage.. so I don't get that.



I have felt like this is a bad idea from the beginning, natural or not because I felt like I was drugging him. However, I know how important his sleep cycle is, so I went ahead and tried it in the hopes that it would help him because when he doesn't sleep well, forget it, he's having a horrible day from start to finish. I'm not a doctor so I was following the doctors advice. He doesn't see a therapist just yet.

Destinite TTC since May 2011; 1 child; 2 angel babies; Florida 30892 posts
23rd May '13
Quoting La~La:" one or two of my sons therapists recommended AGAINST melatonin... Melatonin and serotonin work in conjunction ... [snip!] ... deep sleep cycles...Eventually everything will be all helter skelter and youll have more problems than what you started with"


Hmmm, not in my experience with it. I take it and I go into deep sleep just fine.



I'm sure the medical Dr.'s would prefer you take something they get kick backs for, like ambien.



j0des(+2) 18 kids; Virginia 5095 posts
23rd May '13
Quoting *PeanutButter*:" Have you tried a weighted blanket? My son has SPD and has sleep troubles and his therapist recommended a weighted blanket,were waiting for one now so we haven't got to try it yet"


I haven't. He has SPD as well. He just started using a blanket. He calls it "comfy cozy", and that seems to help. I may look into that.

j0des(+2) 18 kids; Virginia 5095 posts
23rd May '13
Quoting Destinite:" Sounds like the dose wasn't high enough. What is his age/weight and dose you gave?"


He is 3 ft 3 1/2 and 40 pounds, 3 years old. I gave him the 3mg.

Destinite TTC since May 2011; 1 child; 2 angel babies; Florida 30892 posts
23rd May '13
Quoting j0des(+2):" He is 3 ft 3 1/2 and 40 pounds, 3 years old. I gave him the 3mg."

That sounds like a good dosage amount.

user banned 2 kids; Minnesota 7318 posts
23rd May '13

A really common side effect in children is night terrors, kinda sounds like what he was having. I wouldn't keep on with it. DD was prescribed melatonin and I read everything I could find and decided there were too many risks and side effects to try it at all.

user banned 2 kids; Minnesota 7318 posts
23rd May '13
Quoting j0des(+2):" see my niece has ADHD and she is only 5 pounds heavier and less than a year older than my son and she ... [snip!] ... horrible day from start to finish. I'm not a doctor so I was following the doctors advice. He doesn't see a therapist just yet."


It really isn't natural, even though it's marketed as natural. It's a synthetic form of a naturally occurring hormone, just like hormonal birth control is a synthetic form of hormones.

7 blessings so far.... Due February 3; 6 kids; Glen Burnie, Maryland 8799 posts
23rd May '13

it did nothing for my son.....he is 12 & has aspergers. we tried all different kinds of meds and combinations of meds to help him sleep.....it took over 2yrs to finally get things right. of course as he got older we had to adjust his dosage. W/o the meds he will go days on mabe 2-3hrs of sporatic sleep :(

j0des(+2) 18 kids; Virginia 5095 posts
23rd May '13
Quoting Chim Richalds:" It really isn't natural, even though it's marketed as natural. It's a synthetic form of a naturally occurring hormone, just like hormonal birth control is a synthetic form of hormones."

well, that makes sense.. I won't take BC lol



Quoting Chim Richalds:" A really common side effect in children is night terrors, kinda sounds like what he was having. I wouldn't ... [snip!] ... melatonin and I read everything I could find and decided there were too many risks and side effects to try it at all."


he does have night terrors.. he has since last year. this seemed to actually cause them.

j0des(+2) 18 kids; Virginia 5095 posts
23rd May '13
Quoting 6 blessings so far....:" it did nothing for my son.....he is 12 & has aspergers. we tried all different kinds of meds and ... [snip!] ... right. of course as he got older we had to adjust his dosage. W/o the meds he will go days on mabe 2-3hrs of sporatic sleep :("


wow!



yeah sleep is hard to come by with him.. he has just not gotten into a decent sleep routine. however, I think we just messed that up.



Plus, he injured himself today..so I'm pretty much doomed tonight as well.