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Hi there, we have a similar issue, just so you know you're not the only one out there with a kid this age who doesn't sleep! First of all, about your Christmas, it is hard with kids like this on special occasions, maybe you've found the same thing- the anticipation, change in diet, more sugar, lack of schedule that the holidays bring! Our day was not great, either due to this!
My ds just turned 6 and is highly sensitive, bordering on SPD. It was all very similar to what you describe when your ds was a baby; the constant crying, never getting a break, causing me PPD, etc. For a brief time he was in his own room, we would have to lay with him for hours until he'd fall asleep (still do!), and most nights one of us would have to sleep with him. Then one day, horror of horrors, a wasp stung him in his room, and now he'll never go back in there again.
Now he cosleeps with dh, and I moved into his room! He absolutely won't sleep alone now and even in bed with dh he will wake up crying, is restless, and otherwise keeps dh up at night. He also wets the bed on most nights. I have a similar sensitivity issue as ds, so the being up all night is torture for me and I simply am unable to parent if I don't sleep and dh can tolerate it better.
I second the pp in asking if you could get an OT eval and treatment from your county? It is free here and I believe in most if not all states. My ds had the free therapy from 18 mos until recently b/c he went to private school, and now is homeschooling, so isn't eligible. Maybe you've already checked this out.
I also believe very strongly that there is a diet sensitivity component; I'm not sure if you've already explored that avenue with your son. I have never been able to pinpoint exactly what sets off ds but feel it may be processed dairy. Just recently I've been trying to keep a mental note and I think he wets the bed more consistently on nights when he's eaten pizza or other pasteurized dairy, but I need to pay closer attention and see if I can make more connections.
Anyway, I hope things improve with time and you find some strategies to deal with this. That book looks really good; I will have to check it out. I've also heard about magnesium but haven't tried it yet- I hope it's helpful for you ds (and you by extension!).
Rachelle, mommy to 8 year old boys!
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