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How to give melatonin?(5 Posts)
Is this is a completely stupid question? (Probably...) But - how do you give your children the melatonin tablets?
My DD is 3.5. Is swallowing a tablet possible? Or do I crush it? But then put it in what? She has milk before bed, can it go in there? Would she taste it??
What do you all do?
We were told to crush it by the paed.
Then we sprinkle it on top of a petit filou, or a couple of spoonfulls of rice pudding.
ds is 6 and he knows its there, we make no attempt t hide it. he asks for his sleeping medicine every night, its become part of his routine.
We get the medicine and put it in a syringe, although you can crush it up and put it in yogurt and stuff.
If it's slow release melotonin because your dd wakes throughout the night then it shouldn't be crushed. My ds started on this when he was 3 and we placed the tablet in his mouth and then gave him one of those yoghurts in a tube, fairly quickly so that it filled his mouth and he swallowed the whole lot down. Worked for us and now at 6 he takes it with a glass of milk. Good luck x
Thanks everyone. Because I had left it so late in posting I had to guess at what to do last night and crushed it with her milk. She drank it fine though there were a few lumps of it at the bottom. Seemed to do the trick though and she went to sleep without issue. We have done the same tonight and a sort of success - her sibling woke her up so after she had gone to sleep and so resettling was required. But wasn't too bad. So I think the melatonin is doing its thing.
We have been prescribed the slow release tablets, but they are for settling her to sleep at the start of the night so I think crushing them is fine. She does occasional have issues waking in the night so if that becomes more of a problem maybe we'll then go for the 'tablet on tongue and shoot it down with a shot of yoghurt' approach. For now though he milk seems to be doing the job. Famous last words....
Thanks all x