Liquid Melatonin?

Ariel - posted on 02/26/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I am a mother of a 15 month old boy who does not sleep well at night. He wakes up 3-5 times a night to nurse still. I know he is not hungry and that he does it out of habit. I am completely exhausted and need to get some sleep. I also have 3 other children that I feel I have been very short with lately from being so tired. It is affecting my everyday life. I have heard that Melatonin is a natural way to help you stay sleeping. A friend of mine has the same problem with her young son and asked her pediatrician about it and she recommended giving her son the liquid form. I am wondering if anyone has tried that with any of their children. Any good or bad experiences?

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User - posted on 09/04/2012

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I have a 12 month old and I have been having sleeping problems with him lately too. He has slept through the night from 9 to 7 since he was 4 weeks old but lately he has been trying to get in our bed or for me to pick him up and hold him. Long story short I have been doing the "let him cry" method. It has been very successful. I have heard about this sleep aid before when I was looking for a answer to my problem and I honestly wouldn't give that to my son for nothing. Only because I feel like he would end up being dependent on it and me as well. Im not saying he would be "addicted" to it but I don't think it's needed. I'm just a strong believer on drugs aren't the answer. Ive always been the type of person to "tough it out". I hope you find a solution and get some sleep soon. I didn't really answer your question but I figured Id give you my opinion and maybe suggest the letting them "cry it out". Good luck!!!!

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Jennifer - posted on 02/26/2009

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No Valerian Root for kiddos. It was offered in a tea a few years back with Chammomile and the warning was agaist using if pregnant or BF, so it may not be safe for little people.

Ariel - posted on 02/26/2009

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Thank you so much for you information and caring. I will look more into it before I do anything. I do need the sleep but I don't want to put his health at risk either.

User - posted on 02/26/2009

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3mg sounds like an awfully high dose for a 15month old, personally I woul never give it to my child, I'm trying to do whats right when I say beware & look at other things. Even chamomile is not for kids under 2 according to latest research. A naturopathic Dr is the best person to talk to. Believe me I understand your problem. Do not take chamomile if allergic to ragweed. Valerian is not for kids.According to my resources catnip may be safe but under 2yrs old is debatable for any herb. The only really safe thing for kids is homeopathic remedies go to a good Natural Health store or 2, for a selection, the staff are usually trained, & can help also. Melatonin can be harmful esp for a baby & the dose sounds a little high for me, I t hink you should be very careful with this one, & find out a lot more 1st, please. I just care.

Sarah - posted on 02/26/2009

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I have tablets, and they are only 1 mg and that is all I ever needed.  They did not make me feel groggy at all in the morning.  There is also Valerian Root, I have no idea of the safelty for children, but i do know that Chammomile is safe, and that is good for sleep. 

User - posted on 02/26/2009

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Ok, I'm not an expert on Melatonin & I havent done my rsch ately, but I've been a mom for 23yrs & a work in the medical field & I've done a lot of rsch on natural health. What I'm saying is to be safe & always do your own rsch too, & get another opinion. Drs are human, & there may be risks you might not want to take. But a lot of things are safe over the short-term, and the Dr does a risk-benefit analysis specific to your problems so it could very well be the best thing for him & all of you. I'm just trying to say you need to get other perspectives too, just to be safe. Drs are human. Look at other alternatives too. I heard that catnip tea was safe for kids to relax tnem, calm them & help them sleep  but  I need to research it & speak to someone Qualifdied. Some times dry leaf preparatons can be concentrated etc, but likely he needs to be 2. I am not sure, I'll try & find out more, maybe you might know something about that?

User - posted on 02/26/2009

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You need to be really careful at that age especially, I'd get a 2nd opinion on that, speak to pharmacists & a naturopathic health consultant. Melatonin was banned for many years & recently was put back on shelves. Natural health supplements are genrerally not given until after 2 years of age. Melatonin is a powerful hormone, you really need to research that very thoroughly!!!!!

Ariel - posted on 02/26/2009

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Well the pediatrician said to give 3 mg and after 2 weeks wean him off.

Susanne - posted on 02/26/2009

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I haven't given it to my kids, but I've taken it. It works, but beware it'll leave you feeling groggy and very slow the next day. I've also taken the tablet form, which is more powerful. I personally wouldn't give it to a kid, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do to get some sleep!

Susanne - posted on 02/26/2009

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I haven't given it to my kids, but I've taken it. It works, but beware it'll leave you feeling groggy and very slow the next day. I've also taken the tablet form, which is more powerful. I personally wouldn't give it to a kid, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do to get some sleep!

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