I know some.one who gives their 9 month old baby melatonin every day he sleeps almost all day long minutes the two hours he spends crying .the parents don't give him any attention at all barley changing his diaper maybe twice a day.when he is awake he looks completely lethargic and unresponsive .please tell me if this.can do damage to him.
This sounds like a very dysfunctional and dangerous family situation! Are you close enough to the parents to talk with them or do you know friends or family members of the couple who could find out what is going on here? The parents may be suffering (mum with PND perhaps?) and need help? Someone NEEDS to intervene here, i am genuinely concerned about the health of the baby. Can i ask which country you live in? So i can get an idea of support systems available?
No it is not safe for the baby to have melatonin. As sad as it is, it has become an increasingly popular solution to achieve sleep for infants and a desired bedtime for babies and young children. The supplement is not regulated and the effects on a baby/child’s development are largely unknown. The long-term safety data is simply not there. I am very concerned about this baby and parents alike. Something must be done ASAP. This is a serious situation this baby is in. If you are able to communicate with the parents without them feeling its none of your business then do so, if not then you need to call child protective services or some kind of help for the safety of this baby. All what is happening is very dysfunctional and possibly this mother and father of the baby doesn't want the burden of a young baby for many reasons unknown to anyway so please seek help right away for the sake of this precious baby.
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I feel this baby is in harms way..no child should be sedated like this/ even if the mom has pnd what about the dad he has to no that the child is being sedated/ sleeping all day..it's not normal nor healthy for the child... Child Protective Services definitely needs to be contacted GOD forbid something happens to this poor boy..if it were me I would be on the phone talking confidential to them..but that's me what you decide you think is right in the best interest for the child is your decision..maybe talk to the parents/ tell them you feel it is not safe nor healthy for the child contact other family members and make them aware..this has to be what you feel is right in your heart..they can tell you to mind your business..so be prepared..sending prayers that poor child's way that he get's the love/ attention he deserves..
You should contact the Child Protection Agency or Social Services! It is not safe for a baby to receive melatonin. If you report this, your identity will be kept secret. Think about the baby's welfare and how you would feel if this infant died from such a terrible incident! I know you will do the right thing...
I had a CPS worker tell me SHE gives Melatonin to her niece who was 6 mths old. I have seen Baby Melatonin sold in stores here in the States. Melatonin is absolutely safe to give to babies. Of corse, it doesn't substitute caring for baby or engaging lil one. Anything can be abused... which MAY be the case here. But if given CORRECTLY, Melatonin can actually HELP lil ones develop and maintain better sleep patterns
I agree that IT IS very safe for a child or baby older than 6-9 months being that it is all natural and is the same chemical the brain produces to sleep. BUT just because something is natural doesn't mean you cant use it recklessly. First off keep in mind that there isn't much known about the effect of a long term use and when you think about it from a common sense view obviously you can not use it over exessively because it could have long term damage like dependence or sleep disorders. Both my children have serious issues sleeping, and in order to get them in a good scheduling and a well rested night, we sometimes give it to them for a week or two at a time every night before bed. My 9 month old takes Less than 1 mg and my 3 year old son takes 1.5 ...
Totally low doseages!!! After the two weeks are over they both stay on a healthy schedule and go to sleep on bed time! I occasionally use it to correct patterns or for a deeper sleep with a cold or something like that. BUT In this situation it sounds very scary, and from a experienced parent who uses it I feel like it will be very dangerous to give to such a small child high doses at a constant rate. That is definitely abuse and something needs to be done!!! I'm sad now...
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