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    I would never buy medication over the internet, not even vitamins. I understand melatonin, is a natural (herbal)? therapy, and I guess it would help with an older child perhaps. I would never give such a thing to a baby, but for an older child, maybe 10 yrs plus. I would be ok with using it some times. I am scared to think about this being some common practise. I would sooner put a drop of rum in a babies bottle. I would not ever do that either, but atleast rum is commonly available,. marie

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    I heard this story this morning. I was not shocked which is a bit sad.
    Not something I would ever do but to date, I've never felt like I was at the was of my tether with sleep. I'd like to think even if I was I wouldn't buy melatonin over the Internet!!!

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    Fecking Morons!!!!

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    My daughter has had melatonin since she was 12 months old. She's now 2... She has a combination of melatonin occasionally plus another sleep medication.
    Both of these are prescribed and recommended through her pediatrician and sleep specialist, metabolic specialist.

    I would never ever ever buy meds on the Internet to give to her. An extensive examination and consult needs to occur with Dr's in order to prescribe and use the medications safely. I feel sad for this family.... But also cannot believe that anyone would think this is safe for a child.

    Info on melatonin though. ... It's not a medication that will keep you asleep. .. It helps you go to sleep though. It's a naturally occurring hormone we all usually release in line with our body's natural circadian rhythms. It can help reset the body clock. There can be side affects. .. One of the main ones are night terrors. It's not a sedative type sleep drug.

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    I'm shocked people actually do this. Shocked and saddened. I wonder if people only do this as an absolute last resort, or if it more common than that.

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    @Tamtam - if its been prescribed by your child's drs/specialists then that is completely different. A doctor has assessed your child, the situation, has talked through risks and side effects, and a joint decision has been made that it is an appropriate thing to try in your own circumstance.

    While melatonin is a natural hormone it's not something to just buy and take willy nilly. I have to go on corticosteroids occasionally. They are also natural, but the side effects are horrendous and not something to just go and put yourself on. They can be dangerous.

    I do not understand the mentality of people buying drugs over the net, and then giving it to their children unsupervised and not prescribed. I'm completely dumbfounded actually.

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    @Pearlygirl I completely agree. That's why I said an extensive consult needs to occur.

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    @Tamtam yep I was agreeing with you too, maybe didn't come across that well. I'm sleep deprived today, perhaps I should go and buy some melatonin for my baby.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pearlygirl View Post
    @Tamtam yep I was agreeing with you too, maybe didn't come across that well. I'm sleep deprived today, perhaps I should go and buy some melatonin for my baby.....
    Lol. I knew that!

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    I think some of the issue with Melatonin is that it is a "natural" hormone and it is available over the counter in other countries including the US, lots of adults use it when travelling to help with jet lag, so perhaps it is perceived as safe. Also it is increasingly being prescribed for children as in Tamtam's case.
    That said, buying it over the Internet and giving it to your baby is insane.
    I hadn't heard of it before today, but sadly wasn't too surprised either.


 

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