Tuesday, 10 August 2010

I Love Melatonin!

At least I love what it does to my 9 year old!

Middle child has a diagnosis of ADHD and Aspergers syndrome (although I am not convinced of that, I do know she has *something* that affects her behaviour). She sees a couple of specialists and has been prescribed a medication called Risperidone. this is to calm her down and to make 'the voices' in her head stop telling her to do bad things (her words!).

At her specialist appointment a couple of weeks ago I spoke about middle child's sleeping problems. She goes to sleep okish, but wakes very early and will often wake up every couple of hours during the night. This in turn leaves her tired and washed out which has a big impact on her behaviours, I asked about the possibility of giving her Melatonin.

So 2 weeks ago we started her on a small dose each evening at dinner time. and tonight even though she was told she could go to bed at 7pm, and have 'quite time' before lights out at 7.30pm she asked to go to bed, with no quiet time at 6.45pm!

She also seems to have a better handle on her temper and reactions to things. The bags under her eyes have diminished and she doesn't look as drawn out.


Doesn't sit easy with me, drugging my child up. But it makes her life an easier place to be. And this can only be a good thing.

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