My son AJ has never really slept a full night his whole life, now as he just turned five and is heading off to school we are on a huge push to figure out what is going on with his sleep patterns being so off. This is something unique to AJ, the other two children don’t have the non-sleeping problem as bad as he does, although Baby K turned three and is having some mild issues that seem to be more from possible nightmares versus any medical cause.
After meeting with AJ’s counselor it has been agreed upon that AJ must start a sleep study. When discussing the lack of sleep with AJ’s Dad it became more aware to us that maybe, just maybe, AJ has something going on with his nasal passage. The kid won’t blow his nose, ever! My other two kids, ages 8 and 3 will blow their nose but no, not this kid. He sounds like he’s snoring when breathing, it’s awful. Finally it dawned on me that maybe AJ is suffering from sleep apnea, as this is something his sister suffered from due to enlarged tonsils and adenoids.
Thankfully the pediatrician has referred AJ over to the ENT he saw when he had his ear tubes placed years ago. AJ has been taking claritan for allergies as a way to see if we can’t get his nose cleared out too prior to visiting an ENT to have them say “well try this first”. No sense in wasting time.
It seems the Intuniv for AJ is working on his hyperactivity and focus. The kid is still full of spunk and active days but the Intuniv seems to be helping his mind slow down enough so he can focus and he has even been practicing writing his name, so far he can do about 2 letters in it but he knows how to read his name which is rockin’ good news!
So we are quickly working out this sleep issue to ensure AJ can get a good nights rest for his daily school activities. He is showing so much progress with consistent parenting and his medication that I must say I am one proud Mama! Very proud of my sweet AJ!