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#1 of 7 Old 09-04-2007, 10:48 PM - Thread Starter
 
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We need a break from melatonin nightly. This is what is happening:
Melatonin Day 1
No melatonin Day 2...falls asleep fine (not as quick as with melatonin but ok) but wakes early-giving him 1.5 to 2 hours less sleep than the previous night.
Day 3 tired all day, can't fall asleep at night, needs melatonin just to fall asleep.
He will not nap which is unfortunate.

Are there alternatives to melatonin for a kiddo on nights we can't use it? Does anyone have ideas for extending sleep in the morning?

He is such a different child developmentally when he is rested. It is so hard for me to watch this and we get in a terrible downward spiral it seems as he gets more and more over-tired and then has an even harder time settling down. It seems impossible really without using melatonin but we need a big break from it. What do I do?

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Have you tried Calms Forte? Some kids even respond well to teething tablets or colic tablets depending on their symptoms. If you can pinpoint his symptoms you could find one homeopathic remedy that could help.
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Hyland's makes a calms specifically for kids. The orignal calms just tastes gross IMO. You could also look into valerian.
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melatonin makes our DCs crazy in the middle of the night.

we have used calms forte, it helps them calm down, but not sleep.

Valerian root (in the form of "Valerian super calm" tincture) is the best thing we have tried, for DW, DD, and DS.

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I third the calms forte for kids suggestion. Somebody also suggested a Bach's flower remedy.....rescue sleep I think it was called?
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Thanks! I got the Calms Forte for kids today but couldn't find the Valerian super calm--I may have to internet that if the Calms Forte doesn't help.

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Somebody also suggested a Bach's flower remedy.....rescue sleep I think it was called?
It wasn't me who suggested it, but I use it for *me* and it's wonderful. My oldest (10) uses it on nights she is having difficulty sleeping, as well.

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