Prednisone for Owen makes for a Tired Mommy


This post is going to be a short one, cause this mommy is T-I-R-E-D.

You see, there was a really cute curly-haired, blue-eyed 18 month old in our house that had zero interest in sleeping.  Isn’t playing at 2:00 in the morning a blast?

I’m much too far out of my 20’s to think there is any reason, other than a great book, to be up at 2:00 AM.

Unfortunately, Owen was put back on a 5 day course of Prednisone due to prolonged wheezing from the cold he’s been fighting.  He’s really in pretty good shape and I’ve waited and waited to take him to the doctor because he was handling it so well, but, finally did yesterday since I couldn’t get the wheezing under control.  I’m glad we went because he had an ear infection too.

Insomnia is one of the most common side effects to Prednisone and Owen definitely has it.  He’s not crabby.  He just doesn’t want to sleep and doesn’t want anyone else to sleep so he’ll chat away in his crib until he wakes up mommy.

I wish I had hope that his being up all night meant that he’d be taking a good nap, but no, I just have to wait until next week.  Maybe take out some stock in Coke this week, I foresee some extra demand…I wish I liked coffee.

Okay, enough whining, Tatum!  The good news is, Owen’s borderline on if he needs steroids for a cold.  We aren’t talking borderline hospital, we’re talking judgement call on needing steroids.   This is a GOOD thing and a huge improvement.

I am interested in knowing, what do others do to help with Prednisone insomnia?

In other news, I’m honored to have written a guest post for my favorite preemie blog that will publish today!  I’ll put the link on Facebook this afternoon when it posts and will get a link on the blog later this week.  I hope you’ll check it and, if you don’t know Jack and Jessi’s story, spend some time looking at her blog.  She’s one of the pioneers of preemie bloggers and a wonderful photographer (no crappy iPhone 4 pictures on her blog) so it’s as beautiful to look at as it is to read.

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2 thoughts on “Prednisone for Owen makes for a Tired Mommy

  1. I have two severe asthmatic children that take steroids way more frequently than I like. I know that this keeps them out of the hospital and without seeming dramatic has probably kept them alive. My youngest seems to suffer from insomnia and he gets very, very irritable. My sweet little angel becomes a biter! My oldest becomes temperamental and over sensitive! Tears and tantrums. He talks in his sleep and has vivid dreams.. night he woke demanding his own tower for a castle and tonight making owl eyes with his hands around his eyes and them emphatically pointing at the ceiling crying that we forgot pictures. They always seem to get sick around the same time too.

    • Grateful Mommy, Thanks for sharing your experiences with Prednisone. It’s always good to hear what others see, so that, if Owen does something similar to what either of your kids do, I’ll understand what could be causing it. I agree 100% steroids are so important and so many of our kids need them. If you check back, I’d love to know if it is just oral steroids that you see the behavior changes or puffs too?

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