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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