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Melatonin in young children? ModernMan'sHustle ♥ 1 child; Akron, Ohio 983 posts
30th May '12

So I might be naive but I know a girl who gives her 4 year old 3mg of melatonin every night to help him sleep. Is this safe? My boyfriend who is 22, 5'9" and 190lbs take 5mg and his doctor told him that was too much.



Is it really safe to give a child that young melatonin on a nightly basis? I feel like that's ridiculous!!

V & E's Mom! 2 kids; Stockton, California 4782 posts
30th May '12

It's going to cause issues for the child later on. The body will stop naturally producing it and will depend on that nightly dose.

Spunky. Due May 15; 17 kids; Indianapolis, Indiana 3464 posts
30th May '12

Too much too often yes. Once in awhile..no.

Punk Rock Princess {EBFT} 3 kids; Killeen, Texas 26868 posts
30th May '12

The issue is that when you take melatonin, you have to up the dosage when your body gets used to it.
My son has a sleep disorder related to autism and takes 3 mg nightly at 3.5.

A is Me 1 child; South Carolina 3782 posts
30th May '12

I was under the impression that it's only to be used temporarily.

Punk Rock Princess {EBFT} 3 kids; Killeen, Texas 26868 posts
30th May '12
Quoting V's Mom! [TTC #2!]:" It's going to cause issues for the child later on. The body will stop naturally producing it and will depend on that nightly dose."


Unless the kids body already doesn't make melatonin (or makes a type that incompatible with his brain). My sons body doesn't make melatonin at all.

♡Makeup Addiction♡ 2 kids; 4 angel babies; Milwaukee, WI, United States 4544 posts
30th May '12

Why would someone drug their child to asleep, I've never heard about melatonin before is that even safe in kids under age 6

Buzz and Almond Joys momm 2 kids; Albuquerque, New Mexico 12593 posts
30th May '12

It is okay in moderation. Lot of doctOrs say its okay when the child have certain issues

Destinite 1 child; 2 angel babies; Paradise, FL, United States 31297 posts
30th May '12

I give my 4 year old son melatonin occasionally. I split a 3mg pill in half & give it to him in his drink. I know a lot of people that give it to their kids both regularly & occasionally. I don't think doing it everyday is good, just like anything. I take it on occasion as well & it works well.

Momlette of 3 Due December 25 (girl); 3 kids; Ohio 25505 posts
30th May '12

On a regular basis unless directed by a daughter that's NOT a good idea. Of course I gave it to my son once and it hyped him up, he was up til like 1am lol things like that seem to have the opposite affect on my son.

EliciaK 4 kids; Sandersville, Georgia 665 posts
30th May '12

Melatonin is a natural sleep aid and it is said to be safe to give children especially children that don't wind down... Don't give the child too much because it can cause seizures though

Moggie 2 kids; Mexico 497 posts
30th May '12




Melatonin is an already occurring hormone in your body.

EliciaK 4 kids; Sandersville, Georgia 665 posts
30th May '12
Quoting Moggie:" Melatonin is an already occurring hormone in your body."


Some kids body doesnt produce it though

Sara Vandeviver Due March 22 (girl); 1 child; Rochester, New York 409 posts
30th May '12

Mines been getting it, dr directed at the age of 3.....he gets liquid form......

Sara Vandeviver Due March 22 (girl); 1 child; Rochester, New York 409 posts
30th May '12

But not sure how long they should be on it, I need to ask that as well....