Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Gigi | 2010-07-20


melatonin for better sleep?

I vaguely remember reading about a melatonin (?!) supplement for better sleep...My 10 yr old finds it very hard to wind down at night and has to go to bed a lot earlier than his four siblings to get enough sleep. This is problematic in a noisy household where he wants to see what''s going on. Ive tried to create a quiter environment and routine which hasn''t helped as he''ll toss and turn. Can this or any other supplement of sorts safely promote sleep or at least the quality of sleep?

Expert's Reply



Melatonin has been used for children with sleep problems. It is a natural hormone,but it has never actually been tested for safety in children. The dose is also only an estimate.Your son sounds as if he is just a lively and inquisitive boy who is probably highly intelligent as well.He needs to read for a while before he falls asleep at night and perhaps should go to bed at the same time as his siblings.

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Posted by: mikie | 2010-07-20

My children also don''t want to fall asleep, I use melatonin for a few days to get them into routine and it WORK!

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