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Can I give my 2 year old melatonin?

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Dr. Rodrigo Argenal
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Melatonin can be given to two year olds.
The question though is why do you want to? Melatonin is a lousy sleeping pill; it is a sleep cycle regulator, not a medicine used to induce sleep. It is useful for helping to change bedtimes or for jet lag etc. If you're trying to put your child to sleep, have you tried warm milk? Chamomile? Baths before bedtime? Bedtime stories?

In brief: Yes

Melatonin can be given to two year olds.
The question though is why do you want to? Melatonin is a lousy sleeping pill; it is a sleep cycle regulator, not a medicine used to induce sleep. It is useful for helping to change bedtimes or for jet lag etc. If you're trying to put your child to sleep, have you tried warm milk? Chamomile? Baths before bedtime? Bedtime stories?
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