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My 7-Year-Old Is Exhausted After School And Sleeps All Afternoon

by Anonymous

I have a healthy, happy 7-year-old daughter who loves to read, swim, and play with her sisters. Sounds normal right?

Well, we have been having a problem with her being exhausted after school. I pick her up from school, we walk to my vehicle for the drive home and as soon as she enters the van, she is crying and inconsolable. She tells me that she just wants to go to sleep.

As I try to calm her down, she'll lay her head on the side of the seat for the 20 minute drive home. When we get home, she puts on her PJs and lays on her bed and goes to sleep for 2 hours.

This does not sound like a normal 7 year old to me. She is completely wiped out and if we did not wake her for dinner, she would sleep through the night.

She doesn't grind her teeth, wet the bed, or snore, so I am unsure of what might be causing this.

I don't feel this is normal behavior for a child. Normally, kids are so excited when they get out of school and they want to play and have fun. She just wants to go to bed.

Does this sound right? She is at the top of her class in school, so she is not a discipline problem and is not acting out in any other way. I just don't think this is how a 7-year-old should be feeling. Can anyone help?

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