We do use melatonin and DS's neuro supports it BUT it isn't without side effects or risks as some people suggest. Check out a couple of these articles. The first one states that an adult's body only makes 0.3mg a night of melatonin. I have read elsewhere the number to be only 0.1. It doesn't make sense then to give our kids such high doses when our bodies are producing literally 1/10 or 1/20th of what a lot of pills contain. I get that we all get desperate and need sleep, which is why we use it here, but we keep it at .05mg to max of .1 mg and it works great with my 35 lb son.http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/melatonin-000315.htmhttp://www.sleepfoundation.org/artic...onin-and-sleep
...this website states:
"No other hormone is available in the United States without a prescription. Because melatonin is contained naturally in some foods, the U.S. Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 allows it to be sold as a dietary supplement (e.g., vitamins and minerals). These do not need to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or controlled in the same way as drugs.
Because it is not categorized as a drug, synthetic melatonin is made in factories that are not regulated by the FDA. Listed doses may not be controlled or accurate, meaning the amount of melatonin in a pill you take may not be the amount listed on the package. Most commercial products are offered at dosages that cause melatonin levels in the blood to rise to much higher levels than are naturally produced in the body. Taking a typical dose (1 to 3 mg) may elevate your blood melatonin levels to 1 to 20 times normal. Side effects do not have to be listed on the product's packaging. Yet, fatigue and depression have occasionally been reported with use of melatonin.
When given to animals, melatonin can cause changes in blood pressure and affect fertility. Such effects in humans would be a medical risk for people with heart-related problems, hypertension and stroke, kidney disease and sleep apnea as well as for women of child-bearing age."