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#1 of 4 Old 02-27-2012, 02:34 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I am trying the melatonin for my four and twelve year old girls per doctor my 12  year old is prescribed other sleep aids by her pyschatrist and we are just trying this to help her fall asleep easier and have tried every other sleep aid prescribed and over the counter with no help at all now my four year old wants to stay up till the wee hours and get up several hours later waking up numerous hours thruout the night however I just purchased a 1 mg  tablets and there are no directions on the bottle what so ever what is the best time at which to give this to them I know from the doctor what mg but with my daughters prescribed medications she takes them around 6 pm and is sometimes asleep by 9 or 10 any suggestions other than warm milk and honey been ther edone that warm baths night time stories evening routines same thing everynite we just dont know what time to give this to them  Thanks for suggestions

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You give it to them 30 minutes before bed without food.  It will not help them stay asleep all night.  Sorry.  The only thing I found was catnip/fennel tea that I grow and brew myself.  That knocks them OUT!  However I do use the melatonin and only when necessary.  It will eventually reduce the bodies ability to make it's own.  According to our DR. and The really hot guy at GNC.  I get the chewables as well. 

 

DD1 had anxiety about sleep and would lay in bed for hours.  She was exhausted but her anxiety about not falling asleep made it worse.  Totally sucked.

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Given that your dd is taking other meds I would speak with a pharmacist. I recently read an article that cited a study of different brands of melatonin and as I recall the labels did not match the actual amounts of melatonin advertised. I say this to recommend you use a trusted brand.

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I would definitely talk with a doctor before mixing medications.

 

My kids  take melatonin about 20 minutes before they go to sleep. My just-turned five-year-old takes 500mcg and my seven-year-old takes 1mg.

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