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A 35-year-old male asked:

Melatonin for adhd kids. how much beneficial is it ? to slow them down from hyperactivity symptom?

4 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Albert Melaragno
Pediatrics 46 years experience
For Sleep: Melatonin is a supplement used as a sleep aid for those with insomnia. Many children with ADHD have difficulties with sleep when taking medications for the ADHD Melatonin can be helpful in some cases. I'm not aware that it actually helps the ADHD, except to ensure that sleep deprivation is not a part of the inattention
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 51 years experience
Agree with Dr. M.: Melatonin does appear to help sleep-onset in some children with ADHD if given 30-60 minutes before the desired bedtime. I use the maximum dose, 0.15 mg/kg of body weight, for the first month, then reduce the dose by 1 mg./ month till off, or by 0.5mg./month in younger children. Implementing sleep hygiene, removing electronics from the child's bedroom & treating sleep apnea are still vital.
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Melatonin for sleep: Melatonin helps the brain sleep better. It won't help with hyperactivity, unless that is related to poor sleep. Talk to a pediatrician about the various options for treating ADHD. The best treatment option depends on the child. But a comprehensive approach with your doctor is better than just trying this or that. Good luck.
Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 26 years experience
For sleep: Melatonin is helpful for some people who have difficulty falling asleep. Children with ADHD often have sleep difficulties, but shouldn't be considered therapeutic for daytime ADHD symptoms.
Dr. Tanya Russo
Dr. Tanya Russo commented
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Provided original answer
Moe, clarification as requested: Melatonin may be helpful in reducing ADHD symptoms by preventing sleep deprrivaton, but stimulant medications are considered (at this point in time) most effective in treating daytime ADHD symptoms. Hope that helps.
Sep 2, 2014
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 51 years experience
Yes, unlike adults, kids can become more hyperactive when fatigued. Thus, consolidated sleep is extra-important for kids with ADHD. Those with Inattentive Type become less attentive with inadequate sleep.
Sep 2, 2014

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