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15 days ago

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Sleep and autism

So my daughter 3yrs old. Has been diagnosed with autism this year. We figured out the only way to get her to sleep is to be cuddling me and either listening to music or watching believe it or not pimple popping(she will watch it for not even 5mins and she’s out) . Then I have to put her into her bed. And then anywhere from 12am onwards she can wake and want to me with me. Our pead, has given us melatonin for nights get can’t get to sleep before 9pm other wise we can be up all night. When she does take the melatonin sometimes it helps her sleep through and sometimes it doesn’t. My question is how do you all deal with the sleep thing. If she’s in bed with me full time, or her grandparents for eg if I’m in the hospital with her little brother. She will sleep the whole night through. What can I do to help her have a better sleep as I notice the better the sleep the lest emotional outbursts/meltdowns we have the next day
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14 days ago

Hey lovely, Sleep is so tricky! Melatonin definitely helpful for getting to sleep, but not staying asleep as such. I don’t have any personal experience with the co sleeping aspect, as my kiddos have generally been good sleepers. But I think it’s important that you work out what works best for your family. I know the topic of co sleeping is polarising, but I’m a big believer in doing what works for your family and you. I know that wouldn’t particularly work for us as I wouldn’t get any sleep, but for some families it’s an option. Have you tried leaving white noise or meditation music on in her room?

14 days ago

If you scroll down the newsfeed a few posts, there’s also a Sleep Tips post! Check that out xx

14 days ago

I went through this with both my kids at the same age. It lasted a while. Usually it was lying with them to get to sleep or letting them watch iPad to get to sleep and then anytime between 11-4 they'd end up in our bed. It improved over time Now they are 8 and 5 it's gotten better. However my 8 yo son at the moment is having super late nights due to school holidays. And miss 5 needs to have her routine and go to bed with her chosen toys for the night, 2 books and then has to be watching iPad to fall asleep

13 days ago

At 22 our boy still needs someone next to him to get to sleep. We have circadin and as you said some nights it works others it doesnt. I cant offer you any advice other than hang in there.

12 days ago

a few hours co sleeping is better than none at all. My husband and i take turns to make sure we both get some sleep

12 days ago

4 year old and we co sleep. We both get more sleep this way

12 days ago

yes we have co sleep since she was born. She was born 8 weeks premature and I never got that “first hold” until she was 5 days old, they told me in the NICU that babies heal and thrive the more you cuddle them so I’ve never really put my down when it come to sleeping unless they started to settle better on there own. If that makes sense. But we co sleep!

15 days ago

Sleep and autism
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