I have a friend who uses melatonin to get her small children to sleep (ages 4 and 2). Is that safe? I know the body produces melatonin naturally but to add more at a such a young age seem sort of unnecessary. Although I guess it might be in some cases.
It's OK to use occasionally. There has been plenty of research that says it's totally harmless. What gets me though, is that melatonin is a hormone. And when using any hormone replacement drugs, you take the risk of making your body not be able to produce its own hormones. Men who use steroids eventually don't produce any testosterone, women to take estrogen, eventually stop producing their own estrogen, people who take thyroid meds will stop producing their own thyroid hormones. This has been proven to happen with many hormone drugs. I would tell her to take it easy, the last thing her child needs is to stop producing melatonin on their own. Sometimes it's OK, but every night is taking a big risk.
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