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So it's called a magic sleeping pill for kids parents increasingly turning to it but.
Is melatonin safe for your kids let's ask Fox News medically team's doctor -- -- good morning to good morning Richard great so I I've never heard parents giving melatonin no adults take it from time to time is -- a good idea.
So this has become popular because somebody few years ago mentioned melatonin and you know the power of media so everyone has gone there.
This does a melatonin in the last few years has gone from ninety million dollars -- -- 260.
A lot of parents are giving this not -- what exactly is not a Tony.
It's a natural hormone that the body makes.
For us -- sleep and it's the highest at nighttime right before we go to bed.
And so I I think this is a huge mistake melatonin has been around.
For a long time there are some side to fix but they're not so about four adults if you take it once in a -- For jet -- if you travel there's no problem -- that once in -- water and set up other.
Medication -- it's over the counter it's available and it's no big deal if you're going to use this for your children on a regular basis is a huge problem number one.
It gives a signal wrong message -- intensive behavioral addiction after week where mom dad where's my -- Tony number one number two.
There are some hormone changes happens when you melatonin it can affect your sexual function it affects -- -- for infertility.
If it really changes the whole cycle of -- -- in kids like this I'm completely against it I don't think it's a good idea.
I think teaching the children.
To have a regular sleep -- going to bed the same time waking up the same time turn off the FaceBook you know ipads all that stuff right before him to go to bed.
And creating a bedroom that's com will help them a lot more.
Can imagine that this is an increasing problem because of electronics in a lot of kids take their phones to bed with them even hiding them from their parents and their on if you going to the bedroom to check on a 100% and -- I see these kids are on these kind of -- electronics for hours and hours especially watching TV and other things.
You want to make sure that at least an hour before you go to bed you turn of all of that.
And -- com the other thing that I want to tell you is even in this Sunday household we talked about books all the trauma or.
Concussion and so this kid -- plays sports they have some sort of look to sleep problems insomnia behavioral pattern.
You have to investigate whether there's any underlying issues going on -- -- bowling in the schools are their other issues everything else said effects and and they can't sleep so melatonin the knee jerk reaction hey take this and you're going to be fine it's a wrong message I'm against that.
The National Institutes of Health says this melatonin should not be used in most children it is possibly unsafe.
Because of its effects on -- home warrants are known as melatonin might interfere with development exactly what you have just said this morning tax -- that's accurate.
All right -- you're probably help and a lot of parents out there who maybe did reach for that knee jerk reaction now they won't spend quality time with the kids thank you.
And I regretted that.
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