[ARTICLE] Science warns against drugging non-sleeping bubs with melatonin- Kidspot March 2015

Any parents who’s had a poor-sleeping tot knows that feeling of desperation – you never forget it. You just want your little one to sleep, so when you hear from other parents that there’s a “natural” sleep-inducing potion that works, you have to have it.

Melatonin has been the latest “natural” sleep medication trending among sleep-deprived parents. But new research has just emerged warning against its use on babies.

What are some risk-free alternatives to using melatonin?

Earlier this year Rebel Wylie spoke to Gold Coast sleep expert Amanda Bude who recommended five things parents can implement every day to help switch their children’s brains from alert to snooze, without the use of drugs;

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Should I Give My Baby Melatonin?

What I do each and every day is help my families achieve and implement habits and hygiene that can lead to quality sleep. These changes improve sleep efficiency and day time function in our children no matter what there age is. Consistent wake times, exposure to natural light during the day, and decreased light exposure in the evenings are all known to promote sleep.Circadian-rhythms-melatonin-2

More and more Australian parents are giving unprescribed Melatonin to their children in a desperate measure to restore bad, irregular sleep cycles, often easily fixed by simple solutions of knowing when your child should be sleeping biologically for his age, a change in nutrition through the day and exposure to natural sunlight.


circadian-cycle-biological-clock-Here is some recent research on the use of Melatonin in our children:

Warning on Giving Melatonin To Children for Sleep