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Timing is everything

Most of the time, aside from some small annoyances, its hard to tell that Ike is autistic. Most of the time, to me, he's just Ike...pretty much like most kids with his own quirks that make him Ike.

Today on the other hand. We just lived through a 90 minute, full on, autistic temper tantrum.

So, after one of these I always look backwards and figure out what in the hell triggered it.

1. Over tired-he had some extensive dental work done on Monday (new crown, but no root canal) and he hasn't been sleeping well because of it.
2. Pain-see above. I'm thinking that there's something wrong with the area where he had the work. His cheek is still (slightly) swollen and is demanding ibuprofen every 4-5 hours. I'll call the dentist tomorrow.
3. Over hungry-he really didn't eat breakfast, had only fruit for snack and went into melt down about 90 minutes before lunch.
4. Over stimulated-he had just gotten back from spending two hours at the gym's childcare...which was probably packed to the gills and "too cold" to take everyone outside to burn off energy.

So basically he was set up to fail. Poor kid. We managed before it got real bad to slip him 200 mg of GABA and 2mg of Melatonin. He's now taking a nap. Hopefully he'll wake up in a better mood.


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