Our expert says:
I think Melatonin is currently one of those odd substances that sneaks past the regulations that require any drug to be proved safe and effective, by pretending that its not a drug but a food supplement. Thus we don't prescribe it, but it may turn up among other odd supplements in that sort of store.
As those who profit by selling Melatonin havent done such research, I don't know whether it has been shown to be safe in children. I don't believe any product that calls itself "natural" --- unless the capsules actually grow on trees --- for the chemical inside it to be isolated and concentrated, etc., is no more natural than making any oher drug. Also, cyanide and arsenic are entirely naturally occurring, but terribly dangerous. So "Natural" is a weasel word.
And C is right that melatonin is no a sedative or a specific sleep inducer --- natural melatonin in the brain is produced in relation to our degree of exposure to the light, and is involved in the whole sleep / wake cycle, so it has been used especially in people travalling long distances by air, who get jet lag
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