You may recall I wrote a post sometime last year about the possible link between seizures, melatonin and lack of sleep. What does seem clear that there is some kind of relationship between melatonin and seizures. Since I’ve spent a great deal of time scouring the internet for information related to the safety of melatonin in kids, I thought this would be helpful information to share here. Of special interest to me (for obvious reasons) is the effect of melatonin on kids with Epilepsy. From spending some time reading some pretty credible sources, it appears that smaller, standard doses of melatonin may increase the likelihood of seizures, whereas mega-doses of the hormone seem to reduce the frequency of seizures.
I hope I don’t actually have to say this,  but please do not give your child mega-doses of melatonin except as prescribed by a physician!
Much of the research that has been done to date on melatonin use in children has been in populations with conditions such as ADHD, Autism, visual impairments, Cerebral Palsy, and developmental disabilities.

Before starting your child on melatonin, or stopping melatonin, please first consult your child’s physician. From the research I’ve seen on melatonin use in kids,  I have no doubt that melatonin works to help kids fall asleep. The problem is that melatonin is not, as some would have you believe, simply just another natural supplement.
A number of major news outlets have published articles over the past year or so discussing the use of melatonin in kids.
I Was a Much Better Parent Before I Had Kids Sean’s great post last week got me thinking.
In many cases where a child has sleep issues related to one of these conditions, a doctor will prescribe melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone, and the long-term effects on children have not been studied sufficiently.

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The research seems to show positive outcomes in these kids, perhaps because meds used to treat these conditions may reduce natural melatonin levels. It’s not to be used as an easy way out, not to mention with or on children with predisposed medical concerns and especially not for long continuous periods of time.

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