Melatonin Warnings: Nearly Half Of Parents Give It To Their Kids To Help Them Sleep

  • As a growing number of American parents are giving their kids melatonin to help them fall asleep, some experts are warning of potential risks.
  • Nearly half (46%) of parents in the U.S. have given melatonin to a child under the age of 13, and almost one-third (30%) of parents have given the supplement to a teen over the age of 13 to help him or her fall asleep, according to a recent survey from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).
  • Providing melatonin to children might seem like a natural solution — but a 2022 AASM health advisory warns against using it for children because melatonin is not regulated by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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