I wish I could find gentler ways to help DS to calm down and get to sleep... he's no toddler, though! Our toddler, we're doing okay with... we have some rough nights... she's a late bedtime gal, but we're getting through.
My 10yo though is a different story. I've tried homeopathics, I've tried the Calms Forte. I'll come right out and say that I'm in the camp that believes homeopathy is a well-orchestrated placebo that some people are making tons of money off of. Interestingly, I was just reading an article today about how half of American doctors admit to prescribing placebos to their patients without their knowledge, and how the research shows how strong the placebo effect is, and -- get this -- the more expensive the placebo, the better it works!
So I'm not poopooing the placebo effect... if it works, it works!
But I don't, personally, for a moment believe that the body works the way the homeopaths would have us believe.
But, I tried it. I have been wrong about many things in the past, and upon trying them, convinced myself that I'd been wrong all along. EC, for instance. Tried it as a total skeptic, figuring it couldn't hurt. Now I'm a total EC evangelist.
With the same state of mind, we tried the homeopathics - at the worst, it couldn't hurt, and hey I might even be wrong. Allergy stuff for DH's hay fever and exzema. Calms Forte and other remedies for DS's hyperactivity. Candida for myself, other supposed gut-healing remedies.
Zilch, zero, nada on all counts. You might blame my skepticism, but honestly, if you have to 'believe' in a remedy for it to work, then it's not the remedy itself that's doing the remedying... And DS went in with a youthful, open mind. I didn't tell him anything about homeopathy vs. allopathic blah blah, just said here's some stuff to take.
ANYWAY. We've resorted to melatonin for DS and it works. He goes to sleep at a decent hour and we've seen noticeable improvement in his daytime attentiveness and focus. I'd long suspected he wasn't sleeping well. My only worry is that he's becoming dependent on it... but we'll deal with that when we need to. For now, it works.
We'd tried cuddles, quiet music, white noise, meditation CD's, different bedtimes (earlier and later), let him set his own bedtime, all the tricks and tips. I was always insomniac as a child, he probably just gets it from me.