According to research results from the National Sleep Foundation, Virginia, until now no cases have been reported due to abuse or overdose of melatonin in children. It’s just that you need to pay attention to the dose dosage that is safe to administer.
According to a doctor at Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, USA said, melatonin should be given for a while only. Children need to sleep for 11 to 14 hours so that the effects produced by melatonin should be no more than the duration of the hours.
But before giving melatonin for toddlers, consult with your beloved pediatrician first. The doctor will suggest the appropriate dosage in accordance with the condition and after the baby. Parties from the University of Maryland Medical Center stated that the dose of melatonin for children under 15 years is less than 0.3 mg per day.
Because its use is only temporary, it’s good you also condition so that the baby can sleep naturally. Yep, there are some tricks that you can apply to make children sleep soundly without the hassle:
During the day, invite the child to play outside that is exposed to the sunlight. This serves to minimize melatonin production during the day and increase it at night.
- Dim the lights 30 minutes before the child’s bedtime
- Keep children away from gadgets that distract their attention
- Avoid giving children excessive dinners
In the end, administering melatonin in the right dosage to help the sleeping child does not matter. However, slowly try to release the child from the dependence of melatonin by conditioning a natural sleep environment that soundly naturally.