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Melatonin for kids? Mama D. 18 kids; Georgia 8706 posts
2nd Jan '11

My friend told me that she gives her son (5) a dose of 5mg of Melatonin every night before bed. She said it helps him sleep, that her pedi told her it was ok, and that its good for him. I read up on it, and it says it shouldn't be given to anyone under 18 because it can be habit forming.



What do you women think?
Would you give your kid that to help them sleep?



My daughter is a horrible sleeper, and my friend recommended I try giving my daughter 5mg of melatonin before bed at night. My husband said not to, and I agree with him if it's harmful.

☮[The Mrs.] FJB Due December 4; 3 kids; North Carolina 14335 posts
2nd Jan '11

My aunt gave it to my little cousin when he turned 4.



Eventually he started spitting it out when she turned her head.

Fairy [God] Mother Due February 23 (girl); 17 kids; Stratham, New Hampshire 7085 posts
2nd Jan '11

I dont know any info on it but I do have a friend whose 3 year old son gets it before bed every night and her pedi prescribed it I think

Bop ✿ 3 kids; Alabama 22508 posts
2nd Jan '11

my MIL is always giving my son and daughter that when they go to her house because she says it helps them sleep.

I don't like her giving it to them but hubby doesn't see the harm in it and he doesn't say anything to her.

We just got back from a trip to Florida with her and one night while we were there I commented on how he took a while to go to sleep the night before and she was like I brought some Melatonin with me do you want to give him some of that and I told her no he was fine.

......................... Oregon 14226 posts
2nd Jan '11

NEVER EVER give melatonin to your kids! Although it's "safe and all natural" one of the MAJOR side effects in children is night terrors.

It was horrifying when we gave it to our son, he would be walking around the house screaming on the top of his lungs. We will never reccomend it for another child

In love with my kidz! Due March 13; 34 kids; Alaska 7614 posts
2nd Jan '11

My doctor said it was ok for my 2 year old

Mama D. 18 kids; Georgia 8706 posts
2nd Jan '11

<blockquote><b>Quoting HangingWithTheCoopers:</b>“ NEVER EVER give melatonin to your kids! Although it's "safe and all natural" one of the MAJOR side effects ... [snip!] ... our son, he would be walking around the house screaming on the top of his lungs. We will never reccomend it for another child”</blockquote>




I heard night terrors are hereditary... I know-nothing about it though...

......................... Oregon 14226 posts
2nd Jan '11
Quoting Denise ღ:
SSlone 2 kids; Deltona, Florida 1088 posts
2nd Jan '11

I personally take melatonin occassionally and I also take 5mg. It knocks me out, I couldnt imagine giving that to my daughter. Seems like WAY too much to me! But I am not a doctor. I will say that it does a GREAT job of resetting my sleep clock because after one night of taking it I am able to sleep great for at least a few weeks.

Saraneth 3 kids; Carmel, Maine 15467 posts
2nd Jan '11
Quoting Denise ღ:
......................... Oregon 14226 posts
2nd Jan '11
Quoting Saraneth [11]:
Saraneth 3 kids; Carmel, Maine 15467 posts
2nd Jan '11
Quoting HangingWithTheCoopers:
Andrea Lea 1 child; Fredericksburg, Virginia 50 posts
2nd Jan '11

call me terrible, but how do you give a two year old melatonin? crush it up and put it in somthing? my daughter sleeps terrible at night...especially because we live in a hotel right now...and i would like to give it a try with her...

Saraneth 3 kids; Carmel, Maine 15467 posts
2nd Jan '11
Quoting AndiPandi687:
Andrea Lea 1 child; Fredericksburg, Virginia 50 posts
2nd Jan '11

thanks. i've tried melatonin myself when i had issues slleping and it didn't do anything for me but i never thought about giving it to my daughter to i might try it and if it's helpful that great and if not then i'll deal with her screaming at night i suppose