Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Kim | 2011-01-20

Q.

Melatonin

Good day!
I would like to know your opinion on melatonin and is it an over the counter medicine? My 21month old is a terrible sleeper, always tossing and turning, i wonder if he gets a good nights sleep, he drinks a full 300ml milk bottle through out the night. I did sleep training with him at 11months lasted between 4-6months.Unfortonutely he does not have his own room, he has to share a bed with me, so sleep training is not possible right now again. I''ve heard and read up about melatonin, but would appreciate your advice pls.

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Melatonin is a natural hormone. It has not been tested for safety in young children but it is still widely used to help children with sleep problems to fall asleep. The dose for young children has not definitely been established but a dose of 3mg about an hour before bedtime is most commonly used. In some children the melatonin is effective for a few nights and then does not seem to work after that. There is no information on the long term use of melatonin so the usual advice so do not use it continously for periods of longer than 5 nights without a break of several nights in between.

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Posted by: Kim | 2011-01-20

Oh, i have tried rescue remedy and the du-du drops, none of which worked. The du-du drops is actually why he started drinking bottle through out the night again as you had to give dome drops when they wake in the night. But still didnt work.

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