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My 6 Year Old Can't Get To Sleep On His Own

by Belinda Roulston

I have a 6 year old son who had his tonsils and adenoids out at age 2. Since then he has slept with his mouth open as he says he has trouble breathing through his nose.

For about the last 2 months he has had trouble getting to sleep and likes me (his mother) to sleep next to him until he falls to sleep. He appears fine when he gets to sleep, and he doesn't wake up through the night unless he has a nightmare, which is quite rare for him.

He has been sleeping in a bit lately which makes me wonder if he's not sleeping well. When I ask how did you sleep, he says fine and its left at that.

I have spoken to his school teacher, and advised he is finding school very tiring. I have advised her that we will let him have some late starts every now and then to allow him a rest if i feel he is not coping.

He does occassionaly snore but its not a real concern at this stage.

Would love any advice you can offer. I dont want to get angry at him, when I am hard on him and send him back to bed he sometimes has nightmares.

I am so hoping it's just a stage he is going through.

Thanks so much.


Belinda Roulston

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