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Old 02-19-2007, 12:35 PM   #1
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MORE ADDED 2 different kiddo problems... need advice!

Problem number 1... kiddo is 10 years old and diagnosed and rediagnosed ADHD. (please NO lectures). I HATE putting that label on him, but have tried *everything* and very much agree with the 3 peds, 2 psychologists, psychiatrist, behavior specialist, and school counselors. NEWho, we are having serious organization problems. Like to the point of a straight A student dropping to Cs. Anyone battled this before? Any wise words of advise?

Problem number 2... kiddo is 5 months 2 weeks old. I have posted on here before about her reflux. It is somewhat under control on axid. But she doesn't sleep. Like hardly EVER. It's a struggle to get her take a nap even. I have tried dark room, music, quiet, swing, bouncy seat, pack and play, crib, laying down with her, laying her down after she's nursed, full clothes, jammies, no clothes.... Mommy is VERY sleepy and I don't see how she can function on such little sleep. I have been tracking it today....

9 hrs 25 minutes

Before being on this med and having reflux pop into our lives, she slept through the night most nights. Is this lack of sleep going to affect her in any negative way? She is hardly ever cranky unless we are late on a med dose.

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Old 02-19-2007, 01:25 PM   #2
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No advice on the older one.

On the baby, she is probably not sleeping if her body is refluxing. it is very uncomfortable for them. Laying down makes reflux worse. Even if she isn't actually spitting up it could be silent reflux. Have you tried gripe water to help calm her stomach between meds. Have you tried propping 1 end of her crib? My youngest had bad reflux and the meds alone didn't do everything. She HAD to have gripe water in the evening or she wouldn't sleep for 3 days. I spent her first year sleeping with her upright on the recliner. It was the only way she could sleep at night.
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Old 02-19-2007, 11:40 PM   #3
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For the baby..does she sleep on her back or stomach? My youngest two (who had/have horrid reflux similar to what you are describing) would not sleep on their backs at all unless they were at an angle and propped up like a pp said. On their tummies they slept quite soundly...with their knees drawn up close to their chests and their little bum's in the air. I know that tummy sleeping is not recommended, but when you haven't slept go with whatever will work (and continually check on them of course!!)

ETA: Could it also be her med's? Some of the side effects can be increased anxiety and insomnia for certain reflux med's. Maybe check into your's and have your ped switch it if necessary. Mine takes Prevacid and doesn't have any sleep issues with it...and it does seem to help her with the discomfort of the reflux. Good luck!
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Old 02-20-2007, 04:02 PM   #4
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I agree with sleeping on the tummy. And I'm guessing since she is 5 mo she can probably hold her head up, so there aren't the same risks as if she were a newborn. (I know, I know, it's still not recommended, but both of mine are/were tummy sleepers)
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For the ADHD, are you medicating? You need to be. I have ADD, I got diagnosed in 6th grade. If a child truly does have ADD/ADHD the worst thing you can do for them is not medicate. I remember when I got on meds and it was like a huge burden was lifted. I could do my school work, I could remember things my mom asked me to do, I could sit still and focus when a teacher was teaching something, etc. I was also an A student and my grades dropped once I hit 6th grade. Once I got on meds and was able to focus, they went back up again. I wouldn't medicate unless it was a need, of course, I'm not on meds now and do okay for the most part. But it sounds like it's needed in this case.
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Re: MORE ADDED 2 different kiddo problems... need advice!

Older kiddo is on meds.. he has been on adderall (which made him psycho), stratterra (which he NEVER ate on) and now the patch (Daytrana). It seems to work ok... Just ok.

As for the LO, she sleeps mostly with us, but I still put her in her pack and play sometimes at night. She doesn't sleep well in her crib in her room for naps! I think she gets her best rest laying beside me on the couch using the boppy as a pillow although I am scared to use it at night. She will NOT sleep on her belly... hates tummy time. When she was little, she would take naps laying on my chest..... not anymore I miss it. I am going to try some gripe water... getting it tomorrow.
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My little guy has the evil reflux too- badddd. The only sleeping situation that works for us is for him to lay in the crook of my arm on his side- or just on his side. he won't back or tummy sleep or sleep propped up. Do you have a swing? The swing works for us if it's adjusted for him to be virtually sitting. Have you started any solids yet? I'm just wondering if rice cereal really does help reflux
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Re: MORE ADDED 2 different kiddo problems... need advice!

Its HORRIBLE! She will sleep in my arms in bed, but I had double wrist surgery a month ago and it hurts sometimes with her laying on them. Sometimes she will sit in the swing, others she won't. Does anyone else have the problem of their reflux babies not sleeping? I am worried that she isnt getting enough!

We tried starting cereal and she decided after a week that she didnt like it and I didnt want to push her. But it didnt seem to help.


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My little guy has the evil reflux too- badddd. The only sleeping situation that works for us is for him to lay in the crook of my arm on his side- or just on his side. he won't back or tummy sleep or sleep propped up. Do you have a swing? The swing works for us if it's adjusted for him to be virtually sitting. Have you started any solids yet? I'm just wondering if rice cereal really does help reflux
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For the older one have you tried the feingold diet? Check out www.feingold.org for more information. Some people have so much success that they are able to stop medicating once they are settled into the diet.

For the little one, I dunno. My daughter's reflux was solved by me fixing my foremilk/hindmilk imbalance in my breastmilk but it sounds like your daughter's reflux is more involved than that.
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Its HORRIBLE! She will sleep in my arms in bed, but I had double wrist surgery a month ago and it hurts sometimes with her laying on them. Sometimes she will sit in the swing, others she won't. Does anyone else have the problem of their reflux babies not sleeping? I am worried that she isnt getting enough!

We tried starting cereal and she decided after a week that she didnt like it and I didnt want to push her. But it didnt seem to help.

If you are desperate and can afford it amby baby hammock's work wonders. Someone has one on sale in here right now.
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