Be Aware of This Dangerous Sleep Supplement

A shocking report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed the consumption of the sleep aid melatonin increased significantly in children over the last decade.

This has resulted in a significant increase in hospitalizations of children and their deaths.

Dangerous Sleep Supplement for Children

The data of more than 260,000 children were reported to the National Poison Data System from January 2012 to December 2021.

While the number of children getting melatonin was 0.6% of all the pediatric poisoning cases in 2012, it swelled up to 5% in 2021.

So, a gigantic 530% increase was reported over the last decade in the consumption of the food supplement.

According to the report, “unintentional ingestion” was one of the prominent reasons for these increasing cases.

Reportedly, much of this use can be attributed to the pandemic when children were forced to be locked down in their homes, due to school closures.

Likewise, the pandemic created a disturbance in the regular sleep cycles of children, which urged them to take the drug in big numbers.

Excessive use of melatonin without a chemist’s prescription can lead to severe consequences among children.

This is evident from the fact that hospitalizations due to this consumption increased recently, amid the pandemic.

In the last ten years, five affected children ended up on ventilators; two of them died.

In last year alone, US poison control centers got over 52,000 calls of children consuming excessive amounts of the supplement. Most of those calls were about young children.

According to an emergency physician Dr. Karima Lelak, many parents leave melatonin on nightstands, mistaking it for a vitamin, which results in their children consuming these supplements.

Supplement Labeling Mistake Puts Children’s Lives in Danger

As per a Canada-based study which the CDC quoted, faulty labeling on melatonin products is also a major factor in worsening children’s health.

The CDC mentioned labeling on these products is done to attract children; however, its real-life consequences are far beyond what is usually mentioned on the products.

Not only this, but the concentration of melatonin in the two same products is often labeled differently.

In one case, this difference is 465%, meaning the labeled content of the drug in the two same products differed by nearly 465%.

The most important product that shows the content disparity is the chewable formulation of melatonin, which is mostly consumed by children.

Despite the severity of the drug, the Food and Drug Administration has weak regulatory standards for it, compared to other drugs and prescription medications.

The FDA is bound to inform the public about the possible negative consequences of any product and take action against the manufacturer of that product.

Thus, the prevailing dysfunction of the FDA is putting the lives of children at risk. The dangerous statistics are also urging the Senate to take decisive action before it’s too late. 

Reportedly, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee is working to introduce some reforms to change the regulations of melatonin and other supplements.