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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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?

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?

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