What is Melatonin and can it be used to help my child sleep better?

Melatonin is good for sleep induction, if that is a specific problem, not really for maintaining sleep through the night. I generally do not use “sleep medicine” (except maybe for melatonin) because it generally does not agree well with children. Klonopin is a benzodiazepine that is used for anxiety that has good sedating properties when taken at night, but probably not indicated if only sleep is a target. However, if there is anxiety or mood swings one can try it. It can cause some physiological dependence (the body needs it to go to sleep after some time).

MG/TK 7-13-10

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Answer Published On: October 19th, 2018 3:01 PM