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Can Children Take Melatonin Safely?
- Jan 07, 2021 -

Since Melatonin powder is a natural hormone, it is a popular choice for children. Generally speaking, most children are safe to take melatonin supplements for a short period of time.

Studies on children with insomnia have shown that melatonin can shorten the time to fall asleep in the case of autism, attention deficit disorder, and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Is melatonin safe for children_

Only after consulting a health care professional should children be considered for melatonin use. Before starting to use supplements, it is important to ask your pediatrician to evaluate possible causes of insomnia in children. Anxiety (such as school pressure), certain medications, other sleep disorders (such as restless legs syndrome, obstructive sleep apnea), and physical or mental health conditions (such as asthma, depression) can all be causes of insomnia.

To a large extent, melatonin is not suitable for healthy and developing children under age 3. These children's sleep disorders are naturally behavioral-it may be resistance to sleep or prolonged waking time at night, which requires parents' attention.

Very few studies have been conducted on the long-term use of melatonin in children. In theory, it may affect the development of immunity, metabolism, reproduction, and cardiovascular systems. Therefore, under any circumstances, melatonin should not be used as the only treatment for childhood insomnia. It should always be combined with behavioral interventions, such as regular bedtime habits, fixed schedules, positive reinforcement of sleep rest, and avoidance of stimulating activities before bedtime.

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