Even herbal or ‘natural’ remedies can have side effects.
Sometimes you can make other changes to help your child sleep better.
Your doctor might prescribe melatonin if your child has autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or a visual problem including blindness.
Your doctor might prescribe melatonin for your teenage child if she has trouble falling asleep and waking up in the morning.
Each child needs individual treatment for sleep problems.
For a difficult sleep problem, your doctor might prescribe a medication like melatonin or a sedative to help your child sleep.
If your child is having trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep, medicine won’t necessarily fix the problem.
Your child’s paediatrician might be able to prescribe additional medications for your child’s sleep problems.These changes include: If better sleep and eating habits aren’t helping, talk with your GP – especially if your child’s sleep problems are affecting her wellbeing, schoolwork or relationships.Also seek help if sleep problems are making your child anxious, or if they go on for more than 2-4 weeks.The Australian Medical Association has advised parents not to use drugs such as the antihistamine Phenergan to sedate their children during long road trips or flights.The NSW AMA president Saxon Smith said while he had heard of this happening, parents should only give their child this type of medication on the advice of a doctor."Parents need to be using it as directed," he said.