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Increasing number of parents are giving their children SLEEPING DRUGS due to chronic...

•, by: Frances Bloomfield

Nobody ever said parenting was easy. The challenges that come with raising a child are difficult yet manageable to some parents, and downright unbearable to others. One of these challenges — getting a child to sleep — can be so unbearable that a number of parents have turned to melatonin drugs to help them overcome it. What brings restful nights to these parents may negatively affect these children in the long run, however.

Such was the warning issued by UK experts disturbed by the growing number of children with sleep disorders. The past decade has seen an alarming number of children, 14 and younger, being admitted into hospitals to help them deal with these sleep issues, reported the Melatonin drugs are normally prescribed to insomnia sufferers over the age of 55, yet it seems there are pediatricians who freely recommend them to parents looking for "perfect" children.

That was the word used by sleep expert Dr. Neil Stanley, who first became aware of these cases after general practitioners and nurses brought it to his attention during a lecture. "Most paediatricians know little about sleep or melatonin.

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