Melatonin Overdoses in Children

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jan 6, 2023 6:36:00 AM

Since the pandemic the rise in melatonin use in children has steadily increased. Pediatricians are seeing more adults giving children melatonin and ever before. This is due to the major sleep disturbances they experienced at the height of the pandemic. However it is becoming more alarming that melatonin use has become an everyday thing instead of a sleep aid to use every once in a while.

Nighttime disturbances in children can be disruptive to a child's daily function and to everyone else in the house. However, it's important to understand that the long-term use of melatonin has not been studied in children. Therefore it is unknown what will happen to children who use melatonin on a daily basis.

Another concern is the risk of melatonin overdose and children. The calls to poison control have risen over the last couple of years due to melatonin overdoses. Part of this is due to the fact that melatonin is packaged and gummies which is very appealing for kids. They think that melatonin is candy and consumer as such. Tablets are less appealing to children and therefore experience less overdosing than the melatonin gummies.

Continue reading to learn more about why overdose of melatonin looks like in children, and what you should do if you suspect that your child has eaten more melatonin and they were intended to.

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Central Sleep Apnea in Children

Posted by Darian Dozier on Sep 7, 2022 7:03:00 AM

Sleep apnea occurs when one stops breathing throughout the night, taking small pauses, and then begins gasping for air to begin breathing again. It can be very disruptive to one's sleep, and very concerning for those who observe this sleep pattern. Sleep apnea can be divided into central (CSA) and obstructive (OSA). Obstructive occurs when something in the back of the throat prevents one from breathing. Those who are overweight, have a wide neck, and males are at increased risk for developing OSA. 

CSA can be a bit more alarming because it's an issue with the brain, and not with the muscles in the back of the neck. We are going to talk about CSA in children, and what are appropriate treatment steps. 

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ADHD and Sleep Problems

Posted by Darian Dozier on May 9, 2022 1:45:00 PM

Children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often struggle with lack of attention and overactivity. Do these problems roll over into sleep? Absolutely. Children with ADHD often struggle with sleep issues from insomnia, to other sleep disorders. It's important to treat sleep problems as this can reduce both sleep disorders, as well as ADHD symptoms. Continue reading to find out more about this connection. 

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Sleep and Autism

Posted by Darian Dozier on May 2, 2022 1:13:00 PM

Children with autism may have trouble sleeping, which can be problematic for both them and the family. Many children with autism experience sleeping issues, so it is not an uncommon finding. When children are diagnosed with autism parents should monitor sleeping problems that they can share with their physician. Below is some more information on how sleep and autism go together, and what you can do to help. 

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How to Manage Children on Different Sleep Schedules

Posted by Darian Dozier on Apr 25, 2022 3:21:00 PM

The hardest part about having children of different ages is that they are able to do different things based on their age, maturity, school schedules, etc. This can be especially hard for younger children who take pride in feeling older. When it comes to getting adequate sleep, this can definitely be a challenge. Younger children with earlier bedtimes may want to stay up because their siblings are able to. However, you don't want to revert the older children because they feel as if they have progressed from their "childhood bedtimes". It's a tough balance, but it's necessary to prioritize the sleep health of the children over their individual desires. Continue reading to find out some great tips for balancing the different sleep schedules. 

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Body Composition and Athletes' Sleep

Posted by Darian Dozier on Feb 26, 2022 12:11:00 PM

Athletes need sleep for optimal performance. Sleep is a time when the body can perform many necessary repair processes for athletes to avoid injury and keep their energy levels high. However, the more muscular athletes are could actually impair their ability to get sleep. Continue reading to find out how sleep and body composition are related. 

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School Start Times and Effects on Everyone's Sleep

Posted by Darian Dozier on Feb 16, 2022 11:36:00 AM


School start times vary between elementary, middle and high school times making it difficult to establish and maintain a consistent schedule for K-12. However, sleep needs change as children develop and it's important that school start times reflect this change. What also needs to be considered when decided school start times is how they impact parents. Continue reading to see what optimal start times are for different age groups and how they impact everyone's sleep. 

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How to Know if Your Child Has Sleep Apnea

Posted by Darian Dozier on Feb 5, 2022 2:08:00 PM

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that impacts your ability to breathe during the night. Although discussed as a part of adult health, children could also be at risk for sleep apnea. It's important that you recognize if your child has sleep apnea and get them the proper help as proper oxygenation and quality sleep is important for their growth and development. 

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Sleep and Your Menstrual Cycle

Posted by Darian Dozier on Nov 28, 2021 8:00:00 AM

For women, there is that time once a month when you experience your menstrual cycle. However, the menstrual cycle is not isolated to just those 3-7 days. There are often extra-cycle symptoms that affect women a majority of the days in a month. If there are numerous symptoms or the severity of them is great, then you may be diagnosed with PMS or PMDD. A common symptom that women with PMS or PMDD experience is insomnia. Continue reading to find out how your menstrual cycle may be negatively impacting your sleep. 


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How Cosleeping Can Help You and Your Baby

Posted by Darian Dozier on Nov 27, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Cosleeping is a term for sleeping with your baby or child in the same bed. Although there are different theories on the safety and wellbeing effects of cosleeping, this practice may help you and your child in the long run. It's important to note that small infants who are at risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) should not be in the same bed, but should be in a separate space with a firm mattress and a fitted sheet to avoid suffocation. However, as children grow older and their safety risks decline, extended cosleeping may still be an option for your family. Read more to decide if this is the right move for your family.

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