Hey mamas— I am really struggling with my 10-year-old daughter. She is starting puberty, is ADHD as well as has an anxiety disorder. She is on anxiety meds, and does therapy twice a week. She has really good days, followed by really really bad ones. She has a really hard time falling asleep at night. We don’t do any tv or electronics an hour before bed. My girls usually color, read, cuddle with us, or just play until bed. She doesn’t have sugar or anything close to the bed. We have tried giving her melatonin, and CBD which make her VERY irritable/anxious the day after. Does anyone have any other suggestions that may help with this? I feel so bad for her, and my anxiety gets bad as well when hers is bad, so I am not able to come up with anything else to help her.
Do you have her involved in any sports? My daughter has same issues and diagnosis and having her involved in sports and a good routine has helped tremendously and also some responsibility like simple chores every day like straightening her room or vacuuming. And I watch her diet because sugars make her act out.
Does your daughter spend time outdoors? My stepson would sleep better after even just taking a walk in the park.
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Could do a sage cleanse of the house to get rid of negative energy or what helps with me and my anxiety and insomnia is going for a walk when its sunny and nice out. You can do that one on one with her or the family. Car rides may also help too yall dont have to talk just put some happy music on and ride
Try doing a 10 minutes relaxing yoga to get into the mindset of wind down. It will be hard at first but try to view it as it’s learning to walk/talk. I would end with a warm chamomile tea with no sugar added. Hopefully the routine to wind down will help relax her enough to fall asleep. Also aromatherapy with some lavender will help set the mood. It will be great bonding time for both of you!
Was told not to take sugar away for it has reverse effects for children with ADHD it actually helps relax them ,I wouldn’t have ever believed it till our pediatrician said try it and actually it worked , I was amazed for even Benadryl would call for a long night of him jumping around but now he eats cake ,cookies ,or candy bar 1 hour to 30 minutes before bed and 6 months of doing this it’s still working.
Meditation before bed. Essential oil diffuser. Maybe a tea ritual. Relax her mind. Maybe her body will follow suit
What time of day is she taking her ADHD medicine?
Meditation and exercise
My 7 year old has severe adhd, mild odd, and high functioning autism.
I have adhd, c-PTSD, and generalized anxiety…which causes chronic insomnia.
My kiddo is on vyvanse during the day. Intuniv during the afternoon (about 3ish). And then clonidine on his bad nights.
I take clonidine when I’m struggling with panic/anxiety or having trouble sleeping.
The really good part about it is that it doesnt have to be an every day medication. It can just be when you need it
Exercise/movement helps a lot. Online dance or yoga classes? Vigorous walks? Martial arts? Anything she might enjoy. Bonus: do it with her & be in shape! Helps me focus, reduces stress, helps with sleep.
My son is the same way Advil p.m. is the only thing that works right know if he dose not have it every other day he will be up he has gone a week with out sleeping cause his brain dose not turn off or slow down my son is 11 an is called 6 kids in 1 brain it’s vary had to handle sometimes
My little sister is 11 and has severe ADHD along with a lot of other things I don’t even know the name of. I know she takes clonidine at night and it seems to work well for her.
I could not use cbd oil it made my anxiety so much worse than it was.
Possibly ask her doctor about a lower dose. Valerian root like melatonin is also a natural herbal choice for anxiety and insomnia. Keep active early in the day and in the evening try stimulating hands on activities coloring, reading books, crafts, board games, etc…
I get major anxiety before bed. Like, I used to get panic attacks as I laid there. What helped me was sound. Tv specifically. Listening to someone talk made my anxiety less. As did drinking chamomile vanilla tea
Lavender oil and shea butter after a hot bath
Excercise! Bike ride, running, or just walking. Talk to her dr and make sure it isn’t reaction to meds.
You have a 10 year old on anxiety medication ? That’s so unnecessary.