Have you ever gave your child Melatonin?

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The bottles of melatonin all say not to use them for children under 18. This is because children's brains are still forming the ability to produce sleep hormones such as melatonin. It can make them unable to produce it on their own if you give them synthetic melitonin. The best thing to give them is a homeopathic remedy that will prompt the body to make melatonin and teach it how to do so in the process.

Darlene - posted on 08/05/2012

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yes i gave my grand daughter melatonin while she was with me ... and my daughter gave it to her. it worked fine. she only had to use it for a couple of months until she fell into a sleep pattern. i think the "other" meds throw them off ... i think the melatonin helped put her back on a schedule.

Wendy - posted on 11/28/2011

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Our son had brain surgery 2 years ago, but still has some issues with sleeping and we didn't want him on real drugs, so the Neurosurgeon and the Neurologist both suggested Melatonin. We DO NOT use it every night, because your body still needs to produce its own Melatonin, we only use it when he is runnin' crazy and can't settle down before bed, etc. It is not a "knock you out" med which is nice, just takes the edge off and tells your body...sleep. Actually, we all use it and like it. We each only take a 1/2 tablet to help take the "edge" off enough to get to sleep. The one thing we all had when taking more and still sometimes with the half pill...we get some funky dreams, but otherwise, we are all good and get a good nights sleep. Good luck! Don't feel bad about your decission either!

Brittany - posted on 11/17/2011

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Ive been giving my 5 year old daughter 3mg of melatonin every night for the past year, it works great, she has always had trouble falling asleep because of her ADHD and her anxiety disorder, her dr. suggested it and to give it about 30 mins before bedtime- and no tv or anything to hype your child back up before bed, read stories in their room and have them lay down and before you know it they are asleep.. its more to help your child relax and fall asleep, not to keep them asleep all night.

Karen - posted on 11/30/2011

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My daugter has been taking it for 2 weeks now. It's 1mg 2 stage release tablet. I think it works well. I'm concerned about her becoming dependent on it though. She has had a sleep issues since infancy. I doctor recommended it but not her pediatrician.

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Darlene - posted on 08/05/2012

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if truth be known i have taken it myself on different occasions. i had a high stress job that would leave me unable to sleep. after working 12 hours and knowing you had another 12 hour shift coming up.. and you needed to sleep...( i'm sure you've all experienced that... gosh i have to sleep i have to wake up in xx hours) i'll take a couple of melatonins and i'm off to sleepy land. i'd never give my children / grand children anything i wouldnt use myself.

Melissa - posted on 04/20/2012

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Yes I have given it to my youngest in conjunction with a low dose of clonodin. She has been diagnosed with ADHD. She takes Vyvanse during the day and even when giving her melatonin and clonodin she was still awake 2 hours after laying down in a dark quiet room. It may work for some but not her. We found that lots and lots of physical activity helps naturally wear her out.

Stacey - posted on 12/03/2011

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Mine has autism and he is so much more receptive to therapy and is making more progress with the good night s sleep he gets. Im a huge advocate of melatonin and very cautious about medicating my little ones, even with motrin or tylenol. If your Dr. said its ok, try it! Best of luck to you.

Stephanie - posted on 11/29/2011

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My girls' pediatrician recommended it for my girls several years ago and it still works like a charm! :-) I give them 1 mg sublingual tablets (dissolves under the tongue) a half hr to an he before bedtime and then it gives their minds a chance to shut off and tell them it's bedtime. When I don't give it to them they stay up til nearly 10 when their bedtime is 8. You can get the sublingual tabs at GNC. The liquid type I've found doesn't work as well. Start out with the smallest dose because giving too much can less to very vivid dreams that can be startling and seem nightmarish to younger children. Some people it works for, others not so much. Like others have said, ask your pediatrician first.

Christie - posted on 11/29/2011

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We just put my 4yr old on it a few weeks ago and took him off last night. We put him on it because he wasn't sleeping through the night and was up for the day at 5am. The melatonin got him to go to sleep quickly, but the only other thing that changed is he was up for the day at 3-4 instead of 5! I think it was making his sleep more restful so he felt he needed less. Last night was his 1st night off and he still got up during the night (he did on melatonin too) but he slept til 530. I will use it for naps before school (he needs them because he goes in the afternoon and since he gets up so early he's so sleepy at school) since it makes him fall asleep so quickly and get good rest, but not at night any more! They need a time release version where it gives them a little bit all through the night!

Charity - posted on 11/28/2011

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yes. i use it with my 7 1/2 year old and 5 1/2 year old daughters. and it works great you give it to them like a hour before bed and it starts to help the neuro transmitters in there head understand they are getting sleepy also helps great with kids who have really bad nightmares.

Kim - posted on 11/27/2011

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We have all 3 of our kids take it. Not every night and for different reasons. My stepson takes it to help him "get out of his head" and fall asleep (per his MD). Our oldest daughter takes it on the school nights that she is rammped up and can't fall asleep right away. Our youngest is like her dad and a few nights a month will wake up in the middle of the night and be wide awake for a few hours (usually around the full moon).

Jackie - posted on 11/22/2011

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On the advice of our pediatrician, we give our daughter melatonin and trust me, she sleeps much better now. She was barely sleeping and it was getting to the point where I was crying every day because I couldn't handle her.

Amanda - posted on 11/22/2011

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I give to my oldest, who is 10, he has shown signs of Asperger's and sometimes will stay up all night! He get's one 1mg about 30mins before bedtime, on the night he takes it, as I only give him some when I know he's had a full day, and can't shut his mind off, or when he's had a couple nights of sleeplessness , he goes right out and sleeps the whole night! I don't think giving it to them EVERY night is a good idea because after awhile the body will stop making it's own melatonin, and the pill form will be depended on! And to the Mom who gives it to her 3 Month old... Um yeah, not such a great idea, BABIES (anyone under the age of 1) sometimes need to wake up to eat, drugging them either with herbal means, or chemical means, is not really the best move! Sleeping through the night is great when it happens at that age (and 3 months is a little early) but it should happen naturally!

Jennifer - posted on 11/21/2011

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I do on weeknights. My daughter is 11 and she has taking it for about a year. Her brain just doesnt turn off at night and she would lay there in the bed until 1 in the morning. This has really helped. I give her 1 3mg pill and she is asleep within 20 min and feels fine in the morning. He doctor was the one that suggested it to me.

Natasha - posted on 11/21/2011

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Everything I've seen says it is not for anyone under 18 or for pregnant or nursing moms. I wouldn't give it to my child. Do your own research about it and then talk to your kid's doctor about it.

Hollie - posted on 11/21/2011

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sorry but there was other poeople in another community on CoMs saying they gave it to their toddler! i was like really? what?

LEAH - posted on 11/20/2011

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I did use Melatonin on my daughter for a while. She has a very severe sleeping problem. She can stay awake for up to three days with no sleep. The Melatonin did not work for her at all.

She is currently on medication prescribed by her doctor which helps tremendously!

Good luck!

Francene - posted on 11/20/2011

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My son is 11 yrs. Old and 5 ft. 3 in. Tall. So I gave him a little less than I take myself when I have trouble sleeping. Worked like a charm. He also has ADHD and has trouble sleeping sometimes.

Christa - posted on 11/20/2011

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Yes, we gave it to our son all the time from when he was in kindergarden until second grade or so. Not everynight but we could tell when he wasn't doing as well in school or was misbehaving he wasn't getting enough sleep. We only gave him a half a pill and that was just what he needed to fall asleep quickly.

Jessica - posted on 11/18/2011

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Melatonin is used to help fall asleep and it works for my son. The doc said that it would put him to sleep but it would not keep him asleep and to me that was better then the sleeping pills they wanted to give him. Good luck.

Jeanie - posted on 11/18/2011

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at 3 months old I was going crazy, i hired a sleep trainer rather then drug my baby and by 4months old he was sleeping 12hrs straight in the night and having 2 naps a day (1-3hrs long)

Sally - posted on 11/18/2011

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Our pediatrician recommends it i the summer because it's hard to sleep when it's still light. We never gat around to trying it, but everyone I know who has tried it loved it. In the right doses, it works for grownups too.

Donna - posted on 11/18/2011

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My daughter, now 12, started using "Moon Drops" from whole foods. They worked great! Not sure how much was physiological and how much phsychological. Now I use Melatonin...1mg tabs...which is the smallest dosage tablets I could find. I will give her up to 3 of them. She is a worrier and they help her relax. Pediatrician said it was fine.

Michelle - posted on 11/17/2011

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Yes. My son has sensory processing disorder. He more then likely has a sleeping disorder given his sleep patterns. He wasn't able to fall asleep before midnight or later. It has worked great my son is sleeping by 8:30 every night, he takes a small dose by liquid every night.

Miranda - posted on 11/17/2011

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My 10yr old daughter was Also told to take melatonin and we didnt see a difference. She has a.d.h.d and we tried many things to get her to sleep on time. We came to a conclusion that having her take her meds at dinner helps. So instead of being sleepy at school she is ready for bed at nine.

Brandi - posted on 11/17/2011

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Yes I have give both my children meliton, start out small doeses like half and see what works for your child, I have givin it to them in pill form but let it melt under there toung and it seems to work better

Erin - posted on 11/17/2011

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my pedi prescribed it for my 7 yo who has adhd. she has had problems falling asleep since birth. Once we put her on meds (it was a hard decision!) sleep became even worse. She takes 3mg at night, by the time she is done with her bath and in bed, it's sleepy time.
I'd def ask the pedi first though.

Alexandria - posted on 11/16/2011

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After reading Crystal Lynch's post, I would agree with asking your pediatrician. I'm going to ask for my daughter too. Melatonin effects people differently, has always helped me when restless and needing zzz inspiration. My melatonin says not to take while pregnant or nursing so I never considered given melatonin to my daughter. But the warning on my melatonin could just be to avoid liability issues. ? I have given my daughter very diluted sleepy time tea mixed with apple juice and cooled in the fridge. I just let her have a few sips after it cools, as not to over do it. That's helped her fall asleep on several occasions.

Crystal - posted on 11/16/2011

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Yes. I was telling our Pediatrician that my daughter (3 at the time) wasn't sleeping through the night...and so she suggested trying a small amount of melatonin. It did not work on her. I don't remember the dosage she gave me, but it was a range, not a specifc amount, so it was up to me how much to give her. I tried all aspects of the dosage range and same results. she still woke up. We tried for a lil over a month, but not every night. I think we did every other night. I would ask your Dr, if you haven't already, just to make sure its safe for your child's age. I got the liquid kind at a local All Natural store.

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