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Sleep requirements for a 22 month old - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Hi, I am a mother of a 22-month-old and a 4-year-old boy, who is autistic. I am bipolar and have major sleep issues - ever since I was a teen, I have slept too much. I'm tired during the day and have extra energy at night. I have to make myself go to bed, even when I'm not sleepy. I've tried to get up earlier, but I've not succeeded.
With that said, my 22-month-old seems to get too much sleep, too. She goes to bed at 8 p.m. and she'll wake up around 8:30 to 9 a.m. but plays in her bed until 10, when we go to pick my son up from preschool.
She'll go to bed after lunch for her nap, but sometimes will stay asleep for 3 to 4 hours. I think she may play in there for awhile, but she'll cry when she's ready to get up. Most of my time is spent keeping my autistic son happy, because he tantrums a good part of the day. He also does not fear going to time-out or losing privileges, so he's into everything, which most of the time is destructive. He hits his sister and myself. So by the end of the evening, I'm ready for my time. But I feel selfish because I feel my daughter is in bed too much, even if it's just play time. I'm mentally and physically exhausted at night. I try to spend time with the kids doing activities and going to the park, etc. but I can't do it everyday.
My question is, is it ok for her to play in her bed, or should I have her up with me more. How much sleep does she require at her age?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Dr XXX here
User :   hi
Doctor :   Let me read your query
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   At her age its perfectly fine
Doctor :   She will require outdoor activity after a minimum three years of age
Doctor :   At her age she require plenty sleep
Doctor :   Children grow better when they accomplish good sleeep
Doctor :   So no concernbs regarding her sleep patterns
Doctor :   Its absolutely norma;
Doctor :   *norma;
Doctor :   Normal
User :   what about playing alone?
Doctor :   Even thats fine for now
Doctor :   After three years of age you should take it as an concern
Doctor :   Till then considered normal
Doctor :   You can rather try any one of her age if present near by for her to play with
User :   I will enroll her in preschool soon. I want her to be able to be around kids her age and not just be exposed to her brother's behaviors. I'm afraid she's not going to be well adjusted if she continues to be abused by her brother. We have him on meds through his neuropsychiatrist and he goes to a special school
User :   But it seems I can't get him over his tantrums
Doctor :   See tantrum are treatable easily
Doctor :   All needed is patience
Doctor :   Just see to that he is not getting hurt or hurting others
Doctor :   Otherwise that settles itself with age
Doctor :   And try to reward him if he obtains his wishes without adamancy ( tantrum episodes)
Doctor :   He will sure be fine
Doctor :   Tantrums are common in 15% of children till age of 7
User :   Our house is like Fort Knox. We have locks and child safety locks on the doors. He escaped at a family gathering and was running down the road in the dark. I was not there - I was taking care of my daughter, who had a fever
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   I understand the difficulty
Doctor :   When there is a medical condition we should allocate enoughtime with them
Doctor :   All needed is propewr utilization of time and equal importance to both kids
User :   We do everything we can to make sure they both feel equally loved and feel special
User :   thank you for the chat....I feel much better about my daughter now
Doctor :   You are welcome
Doctor :   Wishing her all the best
User :   thank you
Doctor :   And a speedy recovery for your son
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   Bye for now
User :   thank you, goodbye
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Dr XXX here
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