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Old 03-02-2013, 06:47 AM   #1
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Back story - Rory stopped sleeping at 4 months old. We lived off 2 hours of sleep per day for a year till they finally medicated him. He still woke over 15 times per night, but at least slept. He has PDD NOS and SPD. He used to drink at night but we cut back to only one drink per night in hopes to get him to sleep better. Here is the problem.

Rory is now staying up till 3-4 AM begging for water. He REFUSES to sleep. He will go to sleep in the beginning of the night due to his medication. Once he does his first wake, he refuses to go back to sleep. We have tried everything to get him to sleep and even see a specialist. I am wondering if I should just give him the water, as after he gets it he goes to bed. I hate to keep up bad habits, but we are tired of him staying up all night and it is effecting his days, school, and behavoir.

Would you continue to stay strong with no drinks, or just give him the water?

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Can you put a sippy in His reach and teach him to drink and go back to sleep without waking you?

I wake up 4 or 5 times a night and get a drink... I just keep it by the bed.
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If the point of cutting out the water was to get him to sleep better and he's now staying up to all hours wanting a drink, I'd give it to him. To me that says it backfired on you. Is it possible the meds are making him thirsty? Lots of people get up in the night for a drink, the objective is not to cut out the drink it's to make the drink not sabotage your sleep.
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:10 AM   #4
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Can you put a sippy in His reach and teach him to drink and go back to sleep without waking you?

I wake up 4 or 5 times a night and get a drink... I just keep it by the bed.
We could do that. Wait till he is asleep the first time and fill the cup for later. I never thought of that. He drinks really fast, so hopefully he would go back to sleep with only one cup of water. I do not want him having more than one cup as he will wake up soaked. He used to drink like 5-10 cups per night depending on how many times he woke up. He is a frequent waker and drinks all his drink in one big gulp and asks for more.

The developemental pediatrician had us stop all night drinking to hopefully get him to sleep through the night with less waking and it has not worked. He is just that stubborn that he will not go to sleep without the water. I am afraid to give to give him more than one water after his initial bed time drink. I will if it will help him sleep, but DH is afraid it is taking a step back and he will want 5-10 glasses again. I think at 4 he can understand only being allowed one so not drink it so fast. Sorry for babbling. Been a long day already...LOL!
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If the point of cutting out the water was to get him to sleep better and he's now staying up to all hours wanting a drink, I'd give it to him. To me that says it backfired on you. Is it possible the meds are making him thirsty? Lots of people get up in the night for a drink, the objective is not to cut out the drink it's to make the drink not sabotage your sleep.
This is my thinking. THat we tried what the doctor suggested and it is not working. It is making sleeping worse. I would rather try to teach him to drink slower as he will only get one water at night. He is naturally a drinker. He has always rather drank than eat, drinks more in the day than my other children, and still has a hard time with solids at almost 5.

I just hope DH is not right and he does not wake every hour demanding another water. He will wake up soaked and then not want to go back to sleep.
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How much water is he drinking during the day? It seems that if its truly excessive thirst being a problem ,that there is some kind of underlying condition perhaps causing the poor sleep and thirst.
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He got used to drinking at night as a baby. He nursed all night and then when he weaned he had pediasure all night due to not eating solids till after he was over 2 years old. So to get his calories he used to drink 24 hours per day. Then the only way he would sleep was to have drinks at night. He was still sleeping badly with drinks so the developemental pedi suggested no more night drinking.
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How much water is he drinking during the day? It seems that if its truly excessive thirst being a problem ,that there is some kind of underlying condition perhaps causing the poor sleep and thirst.
He drinks quite a bit. He has been under care of his regular pedi and his developemental pedi for years now. He has PDD NOS and does not eat much. So he drinks his calories. I still am a huge drinker and was when little too, so I think some of it is just biology.
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Maybe try to fill 4 or 5 cups with like 2 ounces each to start with so he gets used to only a little at each night waking.
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Maybe try to fill 4 or 5 cups with like 2 ounces each to start with so he gets used to only a little at each night waking.
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