20 December 2010

Melatonin Didn't Work

Okay, it was a long shot.

Desperate for a 'cure' for Vera's erratic sleep pattern, we decided to give Melatonin a try. Our respi doc had said he didn't think it would work.

I had response from many moms of T18 kids that responded well to it. Most said their child settled more easily and slept through the night.

We tried a very low dose on her. It's 3mg for adults. We gave her 0.75mg.

It made her drowsy, but more cranky as well. She would cry and last feed was difficult. And she still woke up in the night.

After about a week we discontinued it.

And guess what, Vera started to sleep through the night.

SHE HAS SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT FOR 5 CONSECUTIVE DAYS NOW.

This is a breakthrough for us after months of her waking for hours in the night.

When we've done everything we could think of, we get a break.

The only thing is we've been suctioning her regularly before bedtime - could it be that it clears her airway for better sleep?

Who knows. I pray our good luck continues.

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