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A 56-year-old female asked:

My granddaughters take melatonin 3mg or benadryl (diphenhydramine) 50mg for sleep each night. is this safe. they are 10 and 12 years old.

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Dr. David Dennihy
38 years experience
NO: It is not safe for pre-adolescent or adolescents for that matter to be taking any sleeping aids of any type. At this age sleep should be a common end of the days activities. Please advise accordingly.
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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Melatonin: If effective and as recommended by a child specialist. I would not advise high dose on regular basis, though. Parents need to review with their doctor the reasons for lack of sleep and remedy those.
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Last updated Oct 5, 2016

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