Parents Turn To ‘Sleeping Pills’ For Their Children

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BOSTON (CBS) – Putting a toddler to bed can be anything but a dream.

“It would take him sometimes two hours’ time to fall asleep and it essentially required me to rock him in a chair,” says mom, Mindie Barnett, about her son, Julian.

But that exhausting bedtime routine became a breeze when the pediatrician suggested melatonin, a synthetic form of the hormone your body naturally produces to help regulate sleep. Now Julian falls asleep within 10 minutes of taking the supplement.

Melatonin is commonly recommended for children with neurological or developmental disorders but a growing number of parents are now giving it to healthy kids who just can’t seem to sleep.

Keep reading this story from CBS Boston here.

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