October 2, 2022
Melatonin overdoses in children has increased, report shows

I’m a parent — I have four kids — so I know children can have trouble falling asleep. But unfortunately, the pandemic has caused even more anxiety and stress in kids. So, some parents turned to melatonin. 

Now, melatonin is a hormone that our body makes. It regulates our sleep-wake cycles. So, I can see why parents think this supplement is harmless and will help kids feel sleepier before bed. But, if it’s misused, melatonin can be dangerous. Why? Well, let me tell you what the study found.

Researchers analyzed data collected from poison control centers over the last ten years. What they found was that melatonin poisonings in children increased from just over 8,300 in 2012 to nearly 53,000 in 2021. So, cases soared by 530%.

For most of the kids, the overdose caused excessive sleepiness. However, during the study period, more than 4,000 children were hospitalized — five were placed on ventilators to help them breathe and two of them died.  

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