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My doctor suggested 3mg melatonin per night for my daughter, who will be 10 next week. She has had lifelong trouble sleeping, so this was nearly a last resort for us, as none of the behavioral interventions has really worked. (She is gifted, so I've seen research suggesting she needs less sleep, plus she has some anxieties and borderline/symptoms of ADHD).
It seemed like the melatonin was helping some, but lately she's been up a lot. I had cut it to 2mg, so maybe I need to go back to 3 or even 4mg a night. It's really hard for her to sleep the night, she's often up a few times.
I just wanted to ask, for a second opinion, if it was harmful at all to give melatonin continuously like this. Her doctor okayed it, but I really dislike giving any type of drug, even though I know this is "just" a synthetic hormone.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  Dr. Su S. replied 2 years ago.
Greetings,
Thank you for your question.
I am Dr. Su S. and I will try my best to help you.
Melatonin has been used in kids with chronic sleep disturbances.
Like any medicine, it can have side effects but is usually well tolerated.
In most studies, no side effects have been reported.
There can be headache, excessive sleepiness, transient depression.
But this has been reported with larger doses like doses more than 8mg/ day.
It needs to be used with caution in those with seizure disorders, autoimmune diseases.
However, you can try a few other measures.
She can exercise daily for about 30 minutes.
This helps to sleep better.
You can continue to give her warm milk before going to bed.
Small snack before bed would also help.
So if it is needed, it can be used.
I hope this answers your query.
If there’s anything else I can do or if you have any further query, please let me know.
Wish her healthy life.
Warm Regards.