Melatonin being Used by Parents to get kids to sleep: Is it safe?
This is the exact question, many experts have been asking. Melatonin is a hormone, sold over the counter in the West, for purposes other that sleep enhancer. Many parents in the West are buying these Melatonin Pills, crushing them to powder form and administering this powder to the child, by mixing it in fruit juice. Many such parents claim that the melatonin drug is not only helping their kid sleep better, but also eat better and concentrate better on the studies.
The experts are worried of the use of Melatonin hormone pills as sleeping pill. Melatonin as sleeping pill is not approved by FDA. That apart, the prolonged use can have serious negative consequences. The short term negative consequences can be blurred vision, or anxiety.
Human body produces melatonin hormone naturally and it helps a person go to sleep. Experts advise parents to put the kids to bed early, so that the body gets time to get into sleep mode, naturally.
Melatonin is prescribed by neurologists for neural disorders.