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Does Melatonin Work For ADHD in Children?
- Sep 01, 2021 -

Children's ADHD also is called Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. It is a chronic developmental disease of the brain characterized by persistent inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsive patterns that interfere with function or development. The current treatment of ADHD in children is mainly based on behavioral therapy combined with drug therapy. Except it, nutritional interventions can also improve the effective treatment of ADHD. The Yale Children's Research Center and the Department of Psychiatry analysis and evaluation of the potential efficacy of various nutritional supplements in the treatment of children's ADHD. They concluded that melatonin may help improve children's ADHD.


Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland. The main role is to regulate the 24-hour sleep rhythm and to remove harmful free radicals. Sleep disorders are common in children with ADHD and may be related to the pathogenesis of ADHD. In a study that explored the effects of melatonin on sleep, behavior and cognition in ADHD patients, 171 children with ADHD at the age of 6 to 12 were studied. the results were analyzed to show the sleep disorders and problem behaviors of children with ADHD have been significantly improved with a melatonin supplement.

In general, melatonin can be taken in moderation for children with ADHD if they have sleep disorders.

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