Concern over melatonin for children

The number of children receiving melatonin for sleep disorders is “alarming”, says a leading Australian sleep expert, who warns it may cause serious side effects later in life.

Melatonin is registered in Australia for insomnia only for people aged 55 and over, but it’s easily prescribed as an 'off label’ drug treatment for sleep disorders in children, says Professor David Kennaway from the University of Adelaide.

This is concerning, he says, as there is extensive evidence from animal and