Melatonin should be avoided in children unless directed by a health care professional, says sleep academy

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is urging parents to consult a health care professional before starting their child on melatonin. Melatonin can be useful in treating certain sleep-wake disorders, like jet lag, but there is little evidence it can help healthy children or adults fall asleep faster. The sleep academy recommends verifying that the product has the USP Verified Mark for safety reasons. Pediatric melatonin ingestions reported annually to U.S. poison control centers increased by 530% during 2012–2021.

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