8 Yo Daughter Seems To Need Lots Of Sleep
Posted 20 November 2004 - 12:40 PM
Posted 20 November 2004 - 02:02 PM
Some of her sleep problems could be from gluten, and that might get a little better with the diet, but some of it might be sleep apnea caused from her tonsils. She may be waking up because she is having trouble breathing clearly, and then just gets up to go to the bathroom, since she is already awake. This constant night waking can also explain why she is always so tired and wants to sleep in in the mornings. It is a good idea to have them out if she is having problems because leaving them in can cause future health issues due to the strain on the body from the disturbed sleep and lack of oxygen (if she does indeed have apnea). I would question the doctor about this decision and if need be get a second opinion. Make sure you discuss the sleep problems and if they could be related to the tonsils. Her lack of appetite could also be attributed to the enlarged tonsils. It can make it uncomfortable to swallow, so kids eat less.
My 5 yo daughter is recovering nicely from her tonsilectomy from 9 days ago. Her snoring is relieved (although it was worse for a few days due to the swelling), her sleep is more sound (less waking up at night) and although she is on a soft food diet, she is eating much better. We are expecting another growth spurt, now that she can eat better!
Mariann, gluten intolerant and mother of 3 gluten intolerant children
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