Alice - posted on 04/19/2011 ( 77 moms have responded )
I know many parents would rather give Melatonin to their children as a sleep aide than a Rx drug. I was one of those too.
I found out that because the body makes Melatonin we are actually causing a problem by giving it to our children. Our bodies put Melatonin in our blood stream to signal when it is time to sleep. If we take Melatonin the body sees no reason to release this hormone into our blood stream and will begin to shut this process down.
There are several non habit forming drugs that your Psychiatrist know about that are safe for children to take and will not interrupt the bodies natural process of sending the correct signals to the brain.
Sonata, Ambien are fairly safe but my favorite is Rozerem. This medication needs to be taken when the child is getting into bed. It should take affect within in 5 minutes. If for some reason it does not, the drug is completely metabolized in 15 min. So a second pill could be taken if needed. The best thing about this medication is that because it is metabolized in 15 minutes, we have seen "0" morning side affects. See the link at the bottom to find out a bit more about this medication. It has worked exceptionally well for us. Your child as long as they can get to sleep and stay asleep will have no lag in the morning and will wake up rested.
The only set back will be with the insurance companies, many of them will want you to try the less expensive Sonata or Ambien first before they will move up to the more expensive Rozerem. Try and work with them on this. If you can afford the Rozerem it is well worth it. If the Insurance companies give you issues about it, call the manufacture and see if they will help you out with the cost.
Look at all the things Melatonin regulates in our bodies. If we give this hormone to our children and their bodies stop producing it on their own we will really be setting them up for problems. I do not want to ever think I am more educated than my children's Dr.
Hope you find this useful!