Has anyone used this on a really young child and how did it work out?
A friend of mine recently suggested I ask my pediatrician about melatonin for my almost two year old son. My pediatrician told me he's recommend a dosage if I felt I really needed it for my little one, and he also suggested Benadryl. I like that melatonin is something more natural than Benadryl, but I'm also weary of giving a small child anything to get him to sleep (and yes, I have been guilty of Benadryl on rare occasions, because he seriously hardly ever sleeps and I'm running on empty.
My older son has Asperger's and two of my sister's four children have sensory processing disorders. I am seeing similarities with my little one's behavior to my older son and my niece and nephew. I've also been a preschool/toddler teacher for 21 years, so I'm familiar with what's "normal" behavior for young children.
We have a bedtime routine, we've tried different lighting, different darkness, different bedtime situations, etc. He nurses to sleep, and then goes back to sleep with me sitting next to him during the rest of the night- he knows "milky's sleeping" until it gets light out- that's not the problem. If I do not go in, or if I go in after his crying hits a certain "pitch", he is inconsolable for up to two hours after waking.
This is how a normal night goes with my son. He'll be two next month and his sleep habits are getting worse. He can usually get back to sleep when I come in and sit next to him, but he doesn't sleep WELL. He very often will wake up hearing the creak of the door opening or my footprint on his floor, trying to sneak out of his room. He sleeps slightly better in my bed, but he's a violent sleeper, so I get no sleep when he's in my bed- I'm likely to get kicked in the face or something. I'm so tired.
Woke from 9:20-9:35, I sat on the bottom of his bed.
Woke from 12:15-12:55, I sat next to his bed.
Woke from 1:45-1:50, I sat next to his bed.
Woke from 3:00-3:05, I sat next to his bed.
Woke from 4:45-5:00, I sat on the bottom of his bed.
Woke from 7:10-7:15, light out, so I brought him in my bed, he nursed for a few minutes and fell back to sleep.
Woke for the day at 8:20.
(And takes maybe a 45 minute nap during the day, even though sometimes he's acting so tired he can barely stand up, and I feel the same way.)
I have to go back to work within two months and I don't know how I'm gonna do it with no sleep.
Thoughts on melatonin for a two year old?