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Young daughter hearing "voices" at bedtime

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  • Posted By: worriedmom1
  • October 10, 2008
  • 01:46 PM

My 8-year old daughter, who was diagnosed with mild Cerebral Palsy at the age of 2, has recently been having difficulty falling asleep because of what she describes as "voices in her head." Usually she doesn't hear these voices until she's in bed. Although twice she reported hearing these voices in the evening hours before bedtime. For example: on our way to dancing school at about 6:00 PM.

She claims the voices are "yelling" at her. No real words are spoken.

My husband and I thought that she might be hearing sounds from the TV in our basement, however several times the TV wasn't even on. There aren't any noises coming from anywhere else in or around our home.

Last night was the worst night yet. She was so frantic about these voices, that she kept getting out of bed and pacing the floor crying. Finally, I was able to calm her down by making her listen to a meditation tape. After the 10-15 minute tape, she told me she thought she was ready to return to bed. Within 10 minutes, she had fallen asleep and didn't wake up until morning.

While part of me thinks it's a mental disorder, maybe she's nervous or depressed about something and this is how she's reacting to it. The other part of me wonders if this could somehow be related to her mild brain damage (the hemiparesis on the left side of her brain) and if I should plead with the doctors for an MRI, which she hasn't had since her first one at the age of 2.

Has anyone ever heard of this sort of problem? I mean, it's not like these "voices" are telling her to do things, thank God! But it's disturbing her sleep so much lately, and I'm at my wits end because there is no medicine to take for this sort of problem.

One other note: back in January 2008, she had some sort of bacterial infection in which she had spiked a fever of about 104. This was the very first time she had ever experienced hearing these yelling voices. Our pediatrician attributed this vocal hallucination to the high fever. Antibiotics were finally prescribed (I had to take her to 2 different doctors three times over a week's period before they finally agreed with me that this was going on too long.) The day she began the antibiotics, the fever left and did not return and her health had dramatically improved. The voices were not mentioned again, until only a couple of months ago (August/September).

Keep in mind, she is due to meet with her physiatrist (the coordinator of her physical therapy) early in November. I have also contacted a family therapist to schedule an appointment.

I appreciate any advice someone might be able to give me. :confused:
Thanks...

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  • I have a similar situation. My 10 year old daughter got a flu and had fever up to 104.5 about two months ago. At that time she heard me laughing when I was silent, and she seemed delusional with fever. Later that night she woke me and told me she couldn't sleep because she heard voices "yelling at her". After that, she continued to hear "voices" occaisonally, usually when she was in the shower. It has been two to three months, and this continues to happen, but never happened before this fever incident. These voices are not saying anything to her, it seems to be just the sound of voices, not actual speaking. It happened last night when it was quiet and she was trying to fall asleep. She told me that it also happened earlier in the day when it was quiet and she was taking a practice standard test at school. She no longers hears "voices" in the shower. It doesn't happen often. At first she was very upset by this (and so was I). I have calmed her about it, told her this is normal, happens to a lot of children, nothing to worry about. I think all of this is true, but still I do wish it would stop. WorriedMom, if you see my post, can you tell me how things have gone for you in the last two years? It seems we have a very similar situation. Thanks also for any advice.
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  • My 8-year old daughter, who was diagnosed with mild Cerebral Palsy at the age of 2, has recently been having difficulty falling asleep because of what she describes as "voices in her head." Usually she doesn't hear these voices until she's in bed. Although twice she reported hearing these voices in the evening hours before bedtime. For example: on our way to dancing school at about 6:00 PM.She claims the voices are "yelling" at her. No real words are spoken. My husband and I thought that she might be hearing sounds from the TV in our basement, however several times the TV wasn't even on. There aren't any noises coming from anywhere else in or around our home.Last night was the worst night yet. She was so frantic about these voices, that she kept getting out of bed and pacing the floor crying. Finally, I was able to calm her down by making her listen to a meditation tape. After the 10-15 minute tape, she told me she thought she was ready to return to bed. Within 10 minutes, she had fallen asleep and didn't wake up until morning.While part of me thinks it's a mental disorder, maybe she's nervous or depressed about something and this is how she's reacting to it. The other part of me wonders if this could somehow be related to her mild brain damage (the hemiparesis on the left side of her brain) and if I should plead with the doctors for an MRI, which she hasn't had since her first one at the age of 2.Has anyone ever heard of this sort of problem? I mean, it's not like these "voices" are telling her to do things, thank God! But it's disturbing her sleep so much lately, and I'm at my wits end because there is no medicine to take for this sort of problem.One other note: back in January 2008, she had some sort of bacterial infection in which she had spiked a fever of about 104. This was the very first time she had ever experienced hearing these yelling voices. Our pediatrician attributed this vocal hallucination to the high fever. Antibiotics were finally prescribed (I had to take her to 2 different doctors three times over a week's period before they finally agreed with me that this was going on too long.) The day she began the antibiotics, the fever left and did not return and her health had dramatically improved. The voices were not mentioned again, until only a couple of months ago (August/September).Keep in mind, she is due to meet with her physiatrist (the coordinator of her physical therapy) early in November. I have also contacted a family therapist to schedule an appointment.I appreciate any advice someone might be able to give me. :confused:Thanks...Hi Worriedmom,I'm 63 now. When I was young I used to drive my parents crazy looking under the bed and in the closet for the sources of all the voices and other things. All my life I had multiple sleep disorders. They have all gone away with methylb12 and Metafolin. My children had the same sort of sleep disorders and also responded strongly to methylb12 and Metafolin now that they are young adults. Lack of methylb12 and Metafolin cause multiple sleep disorders and multisensory hallucinations; taste, smell, feel, hearing and visual. They will often clear up with those items, sometinmes within hours, often withn days or weeks.There are no guarantees on this as other things can be at cause. If it is mb12/mfolate she likely has other symptoms as well, but may not. Check the symptoms list at http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?t=62327, especially the ones at the bottom in the "onset as children section" and then let's talk about it here.
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