Reply
penispenispenisVAGINA 4 kids; Idaho 6992 posts
13th Jul '13

NEVER!!! That is what I consider lazy parenting. Oh you don't like your kid to wake up it's okay MAKE them go to sleep. f**k that!! Man up and wake up with your kid! If you didn't want the sleepless nights you shouldn't have spread your legs! I could see giving your child Tylenol or Motrin if they are teething or in obvious pain but giving them something just to make them sleep is bullshit. Obviously babies and kids wake up for a reason and they need to be taken care of.

j0des(+2) 18 kids; Virginia 5095 posts
13th Jul '13

My oldest son has autism..he also has problems with sleep initiation. He still gets up in the middle of the night EVERYNIGHT. He was over 3.5 before he was ever given melatonin and I still struggled with giving it to him but it changed his life when we started it..after the first initial night of pure hell.(his body didnt know how to respond) I didnt want to do it but once we got a new routine set in place and he got more sleep his life was much better. Much less melting down..he was much less confused and manic, it was the right choice for him.



That being said.. Id punch someone in the face if they told me to give my 17 month old melatonin. Babies and toddlers dont need help sleeping. Their brains are forming, their bodies are growing and they are shaping their own little personalities. Its life, its simple. Live life, deal with it, kids are like that. Theyre having growth spurts, getting teeth, being little turds. You shouldnt drug your kids so you can be selfish. Unless its causing actual problems with the kid and its well being, suck it up.

I Stab People 3 kids; Zambia 6604 posts
13th Jul '13
Quoting ♥ my~boysX3+1♥:" NEVER!!! That is what I consider lazy parenting. Oh you don't like your kid to wake up it's okay MAKE ... [snip!] ... just to make them sleep is bullshit. Obviously babies and kids wake up for a reason and they need to be taken care of. "


wow.

overkill much.

Momlette~29weeks Due December 25; 2 kids; Ohio 25474 posts
13th Jul '13
Quoting I Stab People:" wow. overkill much."


Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and some have stronger opinions then others. No biggie.

penispenispenisVAGINA 4 kids; Idaho 6992 posts
13th Jul '13
Quoting I Stab People:" wow. overkill much."


If this thread was anywhere but here in debate and discuss I wouldn't have said what I said but it's here and it's an open forum where people can discuss their opinions on matters no matter what it is.

I Stab People 3 kids; Zambia 6604 posts
13th Jul '13
Quoting ~MOM~ 16 weeks:" Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and some have stronger opinions then others. No biggie."


thats not an opinion thats like someone shaking their finger at your nose.

im going to seriously discuss melatonin with my pedi at our next apt. after 20 months of ds getting up every 1.5-2 hours screaming hysterically. im pretty certain its not due to him being hungry anymore, nor is it me being lazy

^-^ Rawr + 2 2 kids; Big Spring, Tx, United States 9928 posts
13th Jul '13

I would try more natural things.



Like night time baby bath stuff, lavender is calming.



Camomile tea has been suggested by a few pedis but I never tried it.

HungryHippo 2 kids; Missouri 11974 posts
13th Jul '13

I wouldn't give an infant a sleep aid,I think there would be better options for a child that young
However my son has suffered from sleep issues since he was a newborn,he's 2 1/2 now and some nights he doesn't fall asleep until 2am. He does have SPD and I'm considering starting melatonin,but in trying to use other things first. Like his weighted blanket
Having a child that doesn't/can't sleep is always hard. And it's not always an easy fix like a set schedule

Punk Rock Princess {EBFT} 3 kids; Killeen, Texas 26868 posts
13th Jul '13
Quoting Smartass *Preggo!*:" Even if a doctor tried to diagnose my kid with a "sleep disorder" I wouldn't drug my kid. Then again, ... [snip!] ... Then again, I am just a big hippy who doesn't think moms should solve all their problems with over the counter shit :roll:"


It's easy to say if you've never been there. We're "hippies" as well, my almost 3 year old and baby have never had antibiotics, none of them have ever had vaccinations, we don't use allergy meds or treat fevers below 104*. After 2 years of my son screaming for hours and hours (at least 6 hours a day) because he was so miserable and tired we caved. That first night we gave him melatonin I cried because it was like a miracle.
His doctor said sometimes with autism the brain doesn't react correctly to natural melatonin or doesn't make enough naturally.

Momlette~29weeks Due December 25; 2 kids; Ohio 25474 posts
13th Jul '13
Quoting I Stab People:" thats not an opinion thats like someone shaking their finger at your nose. im going to seriously ... [snip!] ... up every 1.5-2 hours screaming hysterically. im pretty certain its not due to him being hungry anymore, nor is it me being lazy"


My son had issues, turned out he had a dairy allergy and was having tummy cramps. Always best to get a doctors opinion. Special situations aside, I too would find it lazy for a parent to give their child melatonin just to sleep, of course I'm not going to scream it to the tree tops lol That's my opinion and choice for my own children. To each their own.

j0des(+2) 18 kids; Virginia 5095 posts
13th Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting ^-^ Rawr + 2:</b>" I would try more natural things. Like night time baby bath stuff, lavender is calming. Camomile tea has been suggested by a few pedis but I never tried it."</blockquote>




My oldest has a lavender satchel in his pillow..it does help :)

Punk Rock Princess {EBFT} 3 kids; Killeen, Texas 26868 posts
13th Jul '13
Quoting j0des(+2):" <blockquote><b>Quoting ^-^ Rawr + 2:</b>" I would try more natural things. Like night ... [snip!] ... by a few pedis but I never tried it."</blockquote> My oldest has a lavender satchel in his pillow..it does help :)"


We tried lavender, chamomile, honey, magnesium, calmag, massage, chiro, etc etc etc before we tried melatonin, nothing helped. Not even a little. :(

I Stab People 3 kids; Zambia 6604 posts
13th Jul '13
Quoting Punk Rock Princess {EBFT}:" It's easy to say if you've never been there. We're "hippies" as well, my almost 3 year old and baby ... [snip!] ... His doctor said sometimes with autism the brain doesn't react correctly to natural melatonin or doesn't make enough naturally."



this is my son too. its exhausting. and ive gained sooo much weight from lack of sleep and stress from him, nothing i do makes me loose weight and im pretty sure its ebcause im living on 4 broken up hours of sleep a night and a shit ton of expresso :/

im just worried that with his endocrine issues already, that melatonin might not be a fix, or worse yet, its from his pulm valv regurg.. oh the joys of having a medical nightmare of a child lol

I Stab People 3 kids; Zambia 6604 posts
13th Jul '13
Quoting Punk Rock Princess {EBFT}:" We tried lavender, chamomile, honey, magnesium, calmag, massage, chiro, etc etc etc before we tried melatonin, nothing helped. Not even a little. :("


weve tried lavender, chamomile, chiro (hes on cal and mag supliment already) nothing.works.at all

Punk Rock Princess {EBFT} 3 kids; Killeen, Texas 26868 posts
13th Jul '13
Quoting I Stab People:" this is my son too. its exhausting. and ive gained sooo much weight from lack of sleep and stress ... [snip!] ... might not be a fix, or worse yet, its from his pulm valv regurg.. oh the joys of having a medical nightmare of a child lol"


Even with melatonin he still wakes up in the middle of the night and also wakes up between 3 am and 6 am every morning. My other kids sleep normally thank God. I'd ask your sons Dr about it. :)