hummingbear, of course your post was helpful! Thank you!
I was just addressing the other posts which were about children UNDER the age of THREE.
jazzpurr88 - my DS is nearly TWICE the age of your DS!
I appreciate what you posted - I was posting the same thing half his life ago.
Try doubling the time you know of nursing your ds, along with his weight, and the fact that a 45+lb 3 1/3 year old climbing all over you in the middle of the night is much more disturbing for me than it was when he was <2, compounded with the fact that I have not slept more than 3-4 consecutive hours myself for nearly 4 years (in utero kept me awake as well).
On the subject of allergies, I pm'd this to TiredX2 yesterday:
|So, I think I'm going to eliminate corn and dairy. At the same time.
My ds usually only eats cheese, yogurt, and the occasional ice cream for dairy, but when he does have ice creem he sleeps terribly and wakes to pee at 2am. Corn just made him bounce off the walls, and he's been complaining about a stomach ache for three days since he ate it (two ears). I have always tried to avoid HFCS, but there is corn syrup in everything, so it gets in him here and there. Now I think I have to diligently avoid all traces of corn and dairy for his eczema and sleep. Hoping it will help.
He has good nights and bad nights. The worst nights are after eating ice cream.
I also think he's ready to give up his nap, but I'm not
If he doesn't nap, he's more likely to sleep deeper at night, I think. Tho, if he's overtired, he is filled with adrenalin and won't go to bed as easily.
Anyway, I should have addressed the allergies a long time ago!
I've always suspected allergies, but elimination diets are discouraging to me bc ds eats so little as it is, that it seemed futile to eliminate what little he does eat IYKWIM.
But, as soon as my exams are over, I am going to go full throttle - both he and I will be OFF dairy, corn, and -ACK!- coffee! (Coffee never seemed to be a problem; I've eliminated it before; but I think it would be better for my health as well bc I am gaining weight and I'm sure it's bc of the coffee messing with my adrenal glands or something).