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Experience with melatonin/sleep aids for kids?

  1. Mrs. Carrot

    blogger / nectarine / 2043 posts

    @looch: completely agree as well. I keep trying to fix everything else and it doesn’t seem to be working.

  2. Mrs. Carrot

    blogger / nectarine / 2043 posts

    @meredithNYC: how do you decide when to give it?

  3. meredithNYC

    pomegranate / 3314 posts

    @Mrs. Carrot: I sometimes use it to "reset" her sleep patterns when things get a little off due to traveling, anxiety about starting school, the excitement of the grandparents visiting, etc. Every child is different, of course, but she tends to fall asleep within 15-30 minutes of taking it and sleeps through to her regular time.

  4. mrs.shinerbock

    pomegranate / 3779 posts

    @Mrs. Carrot: on school nights (when she's had a nap) she usually falls asleep around 9:30. On weekends (no nap) between 8 and 8:30.

  5. pinkarmadillo

    cherry / 237 posts

    I didn't read the other comments -- We were in a similar situation and my DD was extremely overtired and so were we. It all started around her second birthday. She was a great sleeper and we did sleep training early on with her. After traveling and then getting into some bad habits of laying down with her, sickness, molars and bad dreams we battled the bad sleep for a few months before finally going to our ped about it. They suggested no benadryl since that isn't actually sound, restful sleep. They did suggest using a low dose of melatonin temporarily. We were reluctant and I did the research and came up with the same hesitation as you did but I was desperate. I gave it to her on the first night and she slept so much better. Easy to go down versus the battle we were dealing with previously and only woke once at 3:30 but was easy to go back down. Previously she would be so upset that she would cry and cry and stay awake for sometimes hours. After about two weeks we got back into our bedtime routine and we were able to stop the melatonin completely. She's now back to going to sleep on her on in her big girl bed and sleeping through the night mostly. It did work for us and we were able to only use it for a short amount of time.


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