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Autism And Melatonin
My son has autism and we've tried melatonin and cat après he still only sleeps about 4 to 6 hours please help?
Consult specialist: Ad kids have many quirky habits of daily living. Odd tastes in foods, self stimming behaviors, erratic bedtimes. Smelling stuff. The child's age is important here as well. Treat bedtime as you would any other behavior you wish to modify. A behavioral therapist can help. Medications may be useful. Consult a developmental pediatrician or child psychiatrist for help in that area. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more
Could Tenex (guanfacine) be used for severe autism in a boy of 7 yo that melatonin 7.5mg no longer help with sleep?
Hi! Can we possibly look at replacing clonidine with melatonin? My son takes Lexapro (escitalopram) due to anxiety and is on the autism spectrum...
Work with doctor: Clonidine and Melatonin are very different drugs, not interchangeable. You need to speak to his doctor about your specific concerns. The doctor may be giving him a particular regiment for a particular reason. Do not play with the medications without involving the supervising doctor. ...Read more
Should not be a prob: There are not very many known side effects of melatonin. My advice "do not take it for long term sleep problems" just use it for the days you have problems with sleep cycle. Because we do not know long term effects of taking it. Look for USP certified dietary supplements. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No, that would be a: Massive dose. Use excellent sleep hygiene. Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer