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Poll

Question: If your child had sleeping issues, would you give them melatonin without talking to your doctor first?

Options:

yes

no


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Total Votes: 56

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by on May. 6, 2012 at 9:22 PM
Replies (11-20):
momma2b2008
by Platinum Member on May. 6, 2012 at 9:43 PM
It would depend on the child's age. Under age 12 I would talk to a doc first. But over 12 I probably wouldnt.
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eliptica24
by on May. 6, 2012 at 10:03 PM

it is, but any use of adding what is already in your body can set off the bodies natural balance of the chemical and cause some serious issues.

Quoting kansasmom1978:

Both my kids take Melatonin and I never talked to a doc about it.  It's a natural supplement that is in your body. There are no side effects. And it works.


eliptica24
by on May. 6, 2012 at 10:04 PM

a lot of similar side affects that go along with any type of sleepign aide but also there has not been a lot of studies to say how harmful it could really be eitehr

Quoting starreyedcutie:

What are some side effects of it? Like i said my inlaws use it and it kinda had me wondering if it had any?

Quoting MamiJaAyla:

melatonin can have a lot of side effects so please research the side effects and make sure of dosage first (been there done that).  I'd seek advice from a homeopathic dr. a trad. western dr. may have little or no knowledge.


I'd also like to let you know that my mom had success with my ds w/ warm milk with vanilla in it .  We also cut out ALL electronics several hrs. b/f sleep.  I noticed that when I had ds do his computer hw last he had a harder time sleeping.


eema.gray
by on May. 6, 2012 at 10:05 PM

It can eventually turn off the brain's production of melatonin entirely.  :-(

Quoting kansasmom1978:

Both my kids take Melatonin and I never talked to a doc about it.  It's a natural supplement that is in your body. There are no side effects. And it works.


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lilydoyle
by on May. 6, 2012 at 10:11 PM

 I tried giving my youngest melatonin, and it caused many issues. If you look on the label (which I didn't) it says for adults only. I have been giving my little one warm milk and ovaltine. That helps the most. The milk, when warm, has melatonin, which your body releases naturally, and the ovaltine adds flavor, and also has many vitamins in it. My little one has many sleep issues, and I've found that this solution works for her.

 

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louzannalady
by Platinum Member on May. 6, 2012 at 10:17 PM

I would have to do a lot more research before I considered it- even if a doctor recommended. 

singlemom1208
by on May. 6, 2012 at 10:18 PM
I'd talk to the doc first
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kansasmom1978
by Katie on May. 6, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Before we used Melatonin my son with autism did not sleep. I mean he was seriously up from 6am to 4am every day.  Nothing they gave him worked.  Melatonin helped my son get the sleep he needed.  So I think it's possible my son has never produced it.

Quoting eema.gray:

It can eventually turn off the brain's production of melatonin entirely.  :-(

Quoting kansasmom1978:

Both my kids take Melatonin and I never talked to a doc about it.  It's a natural supplement that is in your body. There are no side effects. And it works.



Mrs.Bryant1201
by on May. 6, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Would not give ds melatonin, but i take it.

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Pnukey
by Jennifer on May. 6, 2012 at 11:57 PM

Heck no. I was talking with some mommies in real life (imagine that!) and they were raving about it. My son has a few sleep issues, but we work around them. I would definitely talk to his doctor about it if I wanted to give him any.

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