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Name: mar22
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lately weve been batting sleeping. my son takes riperidal but doesnt seem to work for sleeping. he used to fall asleep with in an hour but now it take 3 to 4. i find hes getting fixated, witch i mean before he goes to bed he has to have his things lined up on the floor a certain way before he would settle, so tonight his worker and i took out all his distracting things out of his room so he cant line anything up to see if this will work but still he is awake he was put to bed at 7pm and now it is 10 20 pm and he is still awake.i even made an emergency call and the worker talked to him on the phone but still no success. just wandering if its the excitement of christmas or does he need an increase in riperidal i dont know. if anyone has any suggestions that would be greatly appreciated. also he seems to get stuck on things for example if hes in the mood to play with lego then he goes to extremes he will play the whole night and have trouble tuning it out to go to slleep. If hes into printing on paper its for the whole night and then again has trouble shutting it out at bed time he seems to get stuck all he wants to do is that activity until it completely wears him out is this normal for adhd kids or should i mention this to the doctor. anyone with any advice, my son is six
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Name: taybry | Date: Dec 12th, 2006 12:26 PM
I have found that for my daughter, a white noise, such as a fan or very soft low classical music playing, or even a cd playing rain falling can help her fall asleep. You can also try having him organize what he needs an hour before bedtime. Then he will know its done and keep new "projects out of sight" , My daughter Pysch said to try over the counter melatonin. Hope you both get some rest soon. 

Name: distracted at home | Date: Dec 12th, 2006 5:48 PM
hi mar22

have you ever considered he may be obsessive compulsive? has this behavior come about as a result of his meds? If so, I would talk to your doctor and see if you try something else. I would ask the doctor about exploring the OCD and maybe take him off his meds for a time to see if it is him or the meds. Good luck 

Name: Yawmom | Date: Dec 20th, 2006 1:10 AM
ADD kids have a hard time falling asleep. Just curious though, does his meds wear off at a certain time? Our sons meds wore off when school was shortly over which then he'd have a lot of energy so he played alot, which in turn caused him to sleep better! Not every night but since he's so active it worked most of the time. 

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