Doctors warn against kids using melatonin

To view this site, you need to have Flash Player 9.0.115 or later installed. Click here to get the latest Flash player.

September 1, 2012, 8:40 am
Print Article

(NECN/WVIT: Jo Ling Kent) - Some parents are turning to melatonin, described as an all natural supplement, to help their kids fall asleep.

But some doctors say it might not be as natural has advertised.

Some bottles say melatonin actually 'helps promote sleep,' but if you look closely, there's a disclaimer on the back: "These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, care or prevent any disease."

Toxicologist Dr. Kelly Johnson-Arbor says melatonin is a hormone that is secreted by your brain, present in evreyone's body, but she adds the manufactured supplements have not been clinically proven to be a sleep agent.

It's also not approved by the FDA because it's considered a food supplement, not medication.

Jo Ling Kent has more on the story.

Tags: children, kids , sleep, warning, doctor, Melatonin
The 9-year-old Salvadoran girl made the dangerous, 3,600-mile journey from her home to the US border
From cashiers to store managers, baggers to warehouse workers, the loyalty for ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas is palpable
Official says Luis Spencer's resignation was over recent incident at Bridgewater State Hospital