Study: Nearly 1 in 5 adolescents use melatonin to help them sleep
A recent study from JAMA Pediatrics shows that nearly 1 in 5 adolescents use melatonin to help them sleep.
Research found that 6% of children ages 1 to 4, and 18% of kids ages 5 to 9 are given melatonin by parents as a sleep aid.
The body naturally produces melatonin but it can be taken as an over the counter supplement.
Pediatricians recommend that parents discuss sleep issues before starting their children on any sleep aid.