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Melatonin effective for autistic children with insomnia, study suggests

A study found prolonged-release melatonin (PedPRM) to be safe and effective for autistic children who have insomnia that does not respond to behavioural intervention, Neurology Advisor reports. The results of the a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial are published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. The study was led by Professor Paul Gringras of the Children’s Sleep Medicine Department, Evelina London Children Hospital. The PedPRM is administrated in the form of a mini-tablet, which makes it easier to take for autistic children who have difficulties swallowing.

Date added: 12 October 2017

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Mon, 16/10/2017 - 05:38

Interesting. This would be a great  Option for some kids I treat.  Wondering though about looking more at RLS & treating that. I worry sometimes we use Melatonin like a hypnotic & therefore a bandaid. Anyone with experience with treating RLS in our kids?  I use iron & Mg when appropriate.