Melatonin aids sleep in kids with autism

Melatonin is effective for inducing sleep in children with developmental problems, but doctors must be wary when obtaining it from compounding pharmacies, an expert says.

Dr Honey Heussler, a paediatric sleep physician at Brisbane’s Mater Hospital, said the medical literature was patchy on the use of melatonin in developmentally normal children, but there was some evidence it did work for those with autism and ADHD.

“The guidance about how to use it is still pretty slim, but in circumstances where there is a significant impact of a sleep problem,

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