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Melatonin is Not for Kids

Important information pertaining to the use of melatonin in children.

While we sleep our bodies produce a powerful hormone that regulates the release of other hormones which effects our weight, reproductive hormones and our circadian rhythm (determines our sleep times).

Melatonin, is a hormone and an antioxidant. The body uses this potent hormone to assist it in regulating sleep cycles, mood, weight loss and to determine menstrual cycles.

Melatonin has been proved by research to lessen the amount of time it takes for a person to fall asleep and combats symptoms of jet lag. It has been used to fight diseases like arthritis, cancer and heart disease. Current research has not proved or disproved the commonly held beliefs that melatonin cures any diseases, but more studies are being conducted by scientists on how melatonin effects human health.

Melatonin is not only produced naturally by our bodies while we sleep, but the powerful hormone is also available over the counter, in pill or capsule form, from your local grocery store.

Melatonin supplements should not be taken by children. Puberty can be delayed by the consumption of melatonin supplements by children. While we sleep, melatonin signals the release of other hormones which, in turn, regulates our reproductive hormones. Our bodies experience a significant rise in these hormones, which serve to signal the beginning of puberty in boys and girls. High levels of melatonin in the body disrupt the natural onset of puberty and can cause sleeplessness. Taking melatonin supplements will cause a serious imbalance in the number of hormones released during sleep. This can prevent puberty from beginning and other health problems as well in teenagers and children.

Melatonin can be used safely and effectively in the treatment of insomnia in adults. When used properly and by adults, melatonin can treat symptoms of jet lag. Further research is needed to discover the health benefits, if any, that melatonin supplements truly possess.

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  1. On what do you base this listing? My grandson is 7 1/2 now; I have been giving him 2.5 of Sublingual Melatonin for a couple of years to help him go to sleep when it is hard for him to do so. I was told that it was okay. All that he takes is the gummies vitamins in the morning and Melatonin at night.

    He has had an ear infection 3 times in a row and I am looking at everything right now to see how it impacts.

    Now I wonder, if I was given bad information and if it may cause him harm, based on this article.

  2. Thanks for the info. I’ve been tempted in the past to “give my kids something” when they won’t go to sleep. I’m glad I never did.

  3. Melatonin has helped many children with disabilities and one doctors opinion does not change fact.

  4. I would like to get some references on these claims, please. Could you email me at lily8398@yahoo.com? Thanks.

  5. Melatonin is widely used for children with neuro differences (Autism in our case) to aid in sleep. Different brains and systems need different things. It has been demonstrated to be safe but of course you need to check with your doctor about your particular child. To make such a broad claim that melatonin should not be used with children is uninformative and incorrect.

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