Good question! Melatonin is a natural hormone in the body which controls sleep and the duration of sleep.The synthetic melatonin has never been tested for safety in children but is widely used and is considered to be safe for short term use-it should not be used for periods of longer than 3 to 4 nights at a time with definite breaks of at least 3 or 4 nights in between use. The usual dose is one 3mg tablet given one hour before bedtime.
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