Can 2 Year Olds Have N
Posted 02 June 2010 - 07:02 PM
Posted 02 June 2010 - 07:47 PM
When/if you pursue the possibility, I'm thinking it would be important to do some homework to find a doctor who might be able to sort this out. Most pediatric sleep specialists would have never seen a young child with N, and many might be dismissive. I found the "experts" at our world class children's hospital to be total idiots. Even the one who told me he trained with Dr Dement. He was so expert he was sure my daughter was mentally ill instead of narcoleptic without even doing any diagnostic tests. If you know a great specialist, you are steps ahead & maybe it would be worth a consult.
Let's say she does have N- she's really a baby & I'm sure you'd hesitate to put her on medication right now. She's at an age where she can nap all she needs to. I wouldn't worry if she is developing normally & happy. I would keep some notes about her sleepiness & your concerns over time. If her sleepiness is interfering with school, play, etc as she gets older, then you might need to aggressively pursue diagnosis & treatment. As PWN, you will see the signs. Maybe it will be at 6, maybe not til high school- who knows. But she has you; she won't be 25 & wondering why she's always sleepy.
I'm not a PWN- my daughter developed symptoms at about age 10 & was diagnosed at 11. One of the things I'm grateful for is that this happened when I could ensure she got diagnosed & treated, and hopefully have her symptoms well managed before she leaves the nest (which will be for college in less than 3 months!!) So I hear your concern. I'm also an LCSW with many years working with kids with disabilities & their families. I sometimes get frustrated when parents ignore sleep problems or other issues for years at their child's expense. So, if I were you, I would wonder & be a bit concerned. But I wouldn't panic. She will give you lot's more things to worry about over time- it's what we mothers do. If her symptoms persist and she does have N, you will help her deal with it. When I get upset about my daughter having to take medication every day & struggle with narcolepsy, I remind myself that I'm blessed with a smart, funny & gorgeous kid.
Posted 03 June 2010 - 12:37 AM
I understand your concerns and it is possible to have N even in a 2 year old, and if my daughter do have N & C her deput was at 7 mo.
But even though, I would not push to get her evaluated in her age, as it from your decribtions dose not sound like she is having great problems in her daily life. It's not a great problem if you sleep a lot when you are this young and if she dose not have symptoms of cataplexy there is no need to hurry.
And even if she is evaluated, there is a great change for a false negative result...
Posted 23 June 2010 - 11:53 PM