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Can I give my 2 year old melatonin?

Can I give my 2 year old melatonin?

Maybe: Though "natural" melatonin has not been studied for normal kids. It is mostly used in autistic children with sleep disturbance or other significant behavioral issues. It is most likely safe, but if you can avoid it then do so until at a safer age of over 3 yrs old. If u give it, start with 0.5 mg and increase slowly to max of 2 mg. Plan to use only for 2-3 wks while u stablish a sleep routine. ...Read more

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Melatonin (Definition)

Melatonin_is a hormone that helps regulate sleep. Some studies suggest that there is abnormal melatonin production in children with autism and other developmental disorders. Several studies suggest that melatonin may be useful for improving sleep, if ...Read more


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Would you recommend giving a two-year -old melatonin to sleep I've seen Dr Oz and he said it's unsafe to give a child melatonin what do you guys think?

Would you recommend giving a two-year -old melatonin to sleep I've seen Dr Oz and he said it's unsafe to give a child melatonin what do you guys think?

Melatonin: This is a very controversial topic. Your child should be assessed for any medical or behavioral disorder. A bedtime routine should be in place. At the end of the day the solution may be melatonin. The appropriate dose has not been shown to be harmful. All the best. ...Read more

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I have a two year old daughter who has trouble sleeping at night. I was wondering if it is okay to give her melatonin on occasion?

I have a two year old daughter who has trouble sleeping at night. I was wondering if it is okay to give her melatonin on occasion?

I am not a: Pediatrician but as a mother something that helped my children was a routine that included a warm bath with lavender scented bath additive. There are a number of lavender bath products on the market. One study showed that this is effective for helping children to sleep. ...Read more

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Is it ok to give melatonin to a 2 year old to help him sleep?

Is it ok to give melatonin to a 2 year old to help him sleep?

Occasionally: But not recommended. Melatonin is a natural hormone and long term in young people can affect their growth hormone. I would be more interested in exploring his diet, bedtime routines, parental response to his sleep issues, medications, tonsils and adenoids, etc to see if we can determine a cause for his sleep issues and address that. ...Read more

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I have a 2 year old boy with non stop energy. For bedtime is it safe to give him melatonin? Or is there something else you'd reccomend?

I have a 2 year old boy with non stop energy. For bedtime is it safe to give him melatonin? Or is there something else you'd reccomend?

Be very careful: You have a two year old and you are 17. How easy is your life? Who has the issues here? See professionals. Almost certainly it is an error to provide drugs to a two year old child because of "non stop energy". ...Read more

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Is liquid melatonin safe for a two year old autistic child who has problems going to sleep? I want to use an herbal treatment, this was recommended by a pediatrician, but have read articles stating not to do so....

Is liquid melatonin safe for a two year old autistic child who has problems going to sleep? I want to use an herbal treatment, this was recommended by a pediatrician, but have read articles stating not to do so....

Melatonin: Liquid melatonin is safe for kids and a great idea for kids with sleep onset problems (kids who cannot fall asleep). Dose can be anywhere from 3-10mg. Some kids need it an hour before bed, some kids need it up to three hours before bed. There are also teas with melatonin if your child doesn't like the liquid. ...Read more

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My 2 year old ate 7 or 8 3 mg tabs of melatonin. Should i be concerened?

My 2 year old ate 7 or 8 3 mg tabs of melatonin. Should i be concerened?

Monitor closely: It’s likely that your child will experience symptoms such as extreme drowsiness, stomach upset, and headache. These shouldn’t last more than a few hours, which is how long it takes melatonin to clear out of the body. In children, doses of 3 to 80 mg have been tolerated (you estimate your child took up to 24 mg). If you become concerned for any reason, call Poison Control at 800.222.1222. ...Read more

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My son is 2 years old & has sleep problems. He has severe anxiety & may be autistic. He won't nap & often will be up 12+ hours. Can we try Melatonin?

Best to see good Dr.: This is complex so I advise seeing an integrative MD- see http://tinyurl.com/znoel89 It's safe to try melatonin but I recommend a tiny dose of 0.25-0.5 mg. Magnesium (ideally glycinate or taurate) 200 mg/day may help calm him; also a good B-complex with the L-5-MTHF form of folate (folic acid). Tulsi tea and L-Thenanine may help. You might also try to find a good homeopath- see http://tinyurl.com/lw2suls ...Read more

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My 2yo got ahold of 3mg melatonin. It doesn't seem like he got many, but Know he ate one for sure. I Know it is naturally produced,but what should ido?

My 2yo got ahold of 3mg melatonin. It doesn't seem like he got many, but Know he ate one for sure. I Know it is naturally produced,but what should ido?

Call Poison Control: 1 (800) 222-1222 American Association of Poison Control Centers Talking with a representative can help you determine the level of risk following the ingestion. They can then further advise you as to the proper action. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it okay to give my 3 year old melatonin?

Not recommended: I don't recommend melatonin at all. I have many patients who use it though. They report different results, some good and others say it is of no help. If you are looking for a sleep agent, i would use something much safer that has stood the test of time in children. That is benadryl (diphenhydramine). Here is a dosing chart. http://ramseypediatric.com/pediatrics-blog/benadryl (diphenhydramine)-dosing/. ...Read more

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Can i give my 3 year old melatonin? He's 3 years old and never seems to get tired. He stays up til 11:30-12 at night. We've tried the whole routine thing. I've tried doing a visual sticker game with him, which works up to the point of going to bed... He j

Melatonin : Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the brain which helps to control sleep rhythms in healthy people. It has been used as a supplement for years by adults with insomnia or shift-work jobs that may interfere with the body's natural circadian rhythm. The use in kids with sleep disorders have grown rapidly in the last few years because of its good safety profile. Lifestyle changes are the best ways to help a child go to sleep at night such as having a bedtime routine involving calm activities before bed, no tv before bed, no caffeine, and placing the child in a dark, quiet room. If these have been tried and do not work, then giving melatonin (1mg to 3mg 30 minutes before bed) for a few days to weeks is considered safe. This can help regulate your child's sleep cycle. If your child is continuing to require melatonin to sleep after a few weeks, then you should discuss this with your child's doctor. Your child may have a medical reason causing them to be unable to sleep such as attention deficit disorder or obstructive sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Can i give melatonin to an ADHD 3 year old?

Can i give melatonin to an ADHD 3 year old?

Talk to your doctor: It's so good you asked. Don't give anything to your 3 year old without consulting your doctor. Having a child with adhd is exhausting, but you need to adhere strictly to doctors orders. You might need more support for yourself. It would be totally normal if you were feeling overwhelmed. Talk to your doctor about it if you are. Best wishes to you and your 3 year old. ...Read more

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What is a sensible dosage of melatonin to give to a 6 year old boy with problems falling asleep?

What is a sensible dosage of melatonin to give to a 6 year old boy with problems falling asleep?

Why?: Try to pin point why your child has trouble falling asleep. Does he take naps in the afternoon? Maybe limit them. As a rule, limit vigorous physical activity several hours prior to sleep. Also let the brain "wind down" by turning electronics off and dimming lights 45 min prior to bedtime. Do not eat prior to bed. ...Read more

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Can i give melatonin to 1 year old daughter she don't sleeping night time since she is born I have tried every method I have heard about it?

Can i give melatonin to 1 year old daughter she don't sleeping night time since she is born I have tried every method I have heard about it?

Medicating a baby: Absolutely not. Wow. There are numerous behavioral resources out there for this kind of situation. But, starting a baby off needing medication to sleep is probably one of the least 'good' ideas I have heard. ...Read more

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My 3 year old step sons mother is giving him 10mg of melatonin a night. Is that safe?

Melatonin: In children with sleep disorders the usual dose is 3 to 5mg at bedtime. Melatonin is a hormone and it us unknown how it might interact with other hormones in growing children and possibly affect growth and development. Since there is limited research on the subject i would discuss the concerns with his physician to see if this is an appropriate dose for him. ...Read more

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My 12 year old takes 3 mg melatonin. He's been stuffy, coughing and sneezing up a storm. Is it alright to give him the nyquil before bed?

Seen pediatrician?: I don't like Nyquil for kids...nor adults...but especially adolescents. Who made the diagnosis of insomnia in this young lad? And what is the cause of his insomnia? Stress? Big tonsils? Lady trouble? Who prescribed the melatonin and how was 3 mg. chosen? Sleep study? Sounds like he has allergies. If you'd like to chat: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read more