Melatonin is a naturally occuring hormone that makes your body feel sleepy. Many people are now reaching for melatonin supplements to get a better night sleep. However, for children, the most important factor in good sleep is a good routine. According to Dr. Kathleen Berchelmann, Mercy Kids hospitalist, melatonin should really only be used when there are significant issues with a routine such as jet lag. Before considering melatonin for your child, check with his or her doctor.
Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company, serves millions annually. Mercy includes 43 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.