The mother of my grandson 7 yrs old, gives him two 5mg disolving tablets 20 min before bed & she gives my granddaughter one 5mg disolving tablet 20 min before bed. When she sends the kids for visitations to my son's house, she sends no Melatonin. The first night at my son's, the kids act crazy at bedtime. The 7 yr old gets hysterical, screams and hides under furniture to not go to bed. It's like he can't control his behavior. The 4 yr old goes to bed, but gets up 3-4 times thru the night having nightmares. The more nights they stay at my sons or my house, the more normal behavior they seem to have. They act like they are going thru withdrawls that first night. I don't know what to do. Please give me suggestions. Thank you! Cindy
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They are used to being drugged at bedtime. It sounds to me like there is another problem being masked with the pills. Why do they act up like they're afraid of bed time the first night, but settle down after that? What happens at bedtime? Melatonin doesn't cause withdrawal, but they are used to getting it.
Hi, i want to agree with Kaismama, about the Melatonin masking other issues. Apart from anything else, 10mg is a very high dose for anybody, let alone a 7 year old! I personally have never taken higher than 6mg a night. I think the children's doctor needs to be informed as to what is going on here - it sounds like dangerous situation to me!
Hi mcmayfield and welcome to DC. I want to add here that stress alone for being shuttled around is enough to throw off sleep. I don't sleep well either when I am anywhere but my own bed. So it isn't surprising that the kids are "off". Plus your son may have a different routine with the kids than their mother. That certainly isn't uncommon either. I am sure both parents are loving and want the best for the kids but perhaps their parenting in different ways and that is a lot for children to deal with or to expect of them. They just want everything in their world to be okay.
Just some thoughts on that one for you to consider.
Thank you everyone for your concerns. I'm not sure what the situation is at the mother's house, but I know the kids feel safe at dads. The reactions of the kids going too fast or not wanting to go to bed only last the first night they are at my sons or my house. After that, they go right to bed because there is a regular routine when they are with us. I believe consistancy is really important in any situation where the kids are juggled back and forth. Once again. Thanks all!!!
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