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  1. Desperate for Sleep

    My son (who just turned 9) had a very sudden turn in behavior in June 2017. It wasn't discovered until October that he had untreated strep. We treated with two rounds (the first 14 days, which didn't kick it, and the second 10 days ) of antibiotics. He finished the second course in mid-November and has gotten steadily better and I would consider him to almost be back to his "normal" self since the end of December. His second antibiotic was Cephalex and he was unable to stay asleep for more than a few hours on most nights during the entire duration. We assumed it was only that, but he's had insomnia off and on ever since the end of December -- even though all else is good (knock on wood). While melatonin will get him to sleep, his problem is staying asleep. I give him melatonin if he wakes up and can't get back to sleep in 15 minutes. This is more helpful than at bedtime for us, though I've used it then too. He seems okay during the day despite poor sleep. I feel bad for him though and his CB-therapist said that poor sleep will take it's toll in school. We are going to get a sleep study. Not sure what they can say or do. His sleep routine is consistent and considered good hygiene, he doesn't use electronics after dinner and only sometimes watches TV and never more than 1/2 hour (unless we are watching a movie on the weekend or something), he is physically active most nights. If I get any insight or good ideas from the sleep study, I will let you know! Good luck.
  2. My kiddo got one. I waffled around about it for a few months, though.
  3. Sensory Processing or PANDAs?

    hi... our 8 year old son had two 10-day courses of antibiotics in October and early November. It took a good four weeks post antibiotic, but he also has nearly returned to his pre-infection state. His psychologist said that quick onset and worsening (he always had mild transient tics) and the quick improvement of OCD/anxiety/ADHD/tics isn't the normal M.O. for those conditions. Like I said, we did two courses of antibiotics. He seemed to improve slightly after course one, but a re-test culture was positive for strep, though he didn't have a sore throat or wasn't "sick." While his focus is back, most ocd issues have resolved and his tics are gone, he has a few things that haven't resolved: periodic insomnia and a refusal to eat food with artificial colors or ingredients (that was an OCD thing that cropped up--at least he's cutting out bad stuff, right?). In his flare, he also had trouble transitioning and couldn't focus during transitions and would make a lot of noises during the time. I think his therapist really has helped him deal with this type of behavior and other OCD issues. At his worst, the therapy really wasn't effective, but on the ramp down, I believe it has been super beneficial. I hope that if he flares again that it will help lessen the severity of the adhd/ocd/TS. We've been seeing a CBT therapist weekly since the beginning of October. I would ask for a follow up throat culture! Just to be sure.
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