Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: kate | 2009-09-02

Q.

melatonin

my little boy is 16m old. he is a bad sleeper. someone suggested i try melatonin. what is your advice on this? is it harmful at all? i read one comment on the internet saying it was bad for young males as there testes hadnt developed yet and another saying it hasnt been properly tested and they dont trust its safety. what dosage could i give? and for how long?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

You can use Melatonin which is a natural hormone in the body. It has not been tested but it is very widely used all over the world in children and appears to be safe. The usual dose is thought to be 3mg given 1 hour before bedtime.Melatonin should not be used for more than 3 to 4 nights at a time.

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