Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Anon | 2010/03/04



Hi doc

Our paed recommended i put my 16 month old daughter on 3mg of melatonin every night before bed as she is waking up twice a night for a bottle. She goes to bed relatively easy and early (between 5 and 7) and she is up by 5:30am - 6am. Its the waking uo 2/3 times a night for her bottle that is the problem.

I read up on melatonin and one article says it causes seizures, though all the other articles says its safe, natural, etc.

I feel like I am possibly attempting to take the easy way out and drug my daughter to sleep!

How safe is Melatonin?

Expert's Reply



Melatonin is a natural hormone and is not a drug as such. It has never actually been tested for safety in children but it is widely used for young children with sleeping problems. No adverse effects have been reported as far as I am aware.There does not appear to ba strong reason for you to give your little daughter Melatonin as she goes to sleep well,if rather early at 5pm [which may be the problem] Melatonin is usually advised for children who have great difficulty in falling asleep and have very disturbed sleeping patterns.

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Posted by: Tanya walduck | 2010/04/20

Where could I find Liquid Melatonin in Cape town< 
My 2 year old has severe night terrors and wakes up about 6 x a night.

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Posted by: BMJ | 2010/03/05

My son is older than your baby - he is 8. No problems. He battles with sleeping because the medication he takes for adhd has a side effect of insomnia.

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Posted by: Anon | 2010/03/04

BMJ how old is your son? Any behavorial problems? Alot of the articles i read recommend these for kids with autism, cerebral palsy, etc. My daughter does not suffer from any of these though.

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Posted by: BMJ | 2010/03/04


I am sure the pead''s opinion is what you are looking for - just wanted to say to you that my son is using it and he said it was very safe.

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