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Most Used Natural Products

0.7% of U.S. children (419,000) used

Melatonin use by children rose significantly, up from 0.1% in 2007. That’s 332,000 more children than in 2007.

Melatonin is a natural hormone that plays a role in sleep. Melatonin supplements may help people with certain sleep disorders. A 2011 literature review suggested melatonin may help with sleep disorders in children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or autism. Parents should be aware that many complementary health approaches have not been tested for safety or effectiveness in children.

Read more about melatonin.


5 Citation: Black LI, Clarke TC, Barnes PM, Stussman BJ, Nahin RL. Use of complementary health approaches among children aged 4-17 years in the United States: National Health Interview Survey, 2007-2012. National health statistics reports; no 78. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2015. (229KB PDF)

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