Melatonin May Improve Sleep in Children With Atopic Dermatitis

This article originally appeared here.
Share this content:
Melatonin May Improve Sleep in Children With Atopic Dermatitis
Melatonin May Improve Sleep in Children With Atopic Dermatitis

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Melatonin might improve sleep patterns for children with atopic dermatitis (AD), according to research published online Nov. 16 in JAMA Pediatrics.

Yung-Sen Chang, M.D., M.P.H., an attending physician in pediatrics at Taipei City Hospital Renai Branch in Taiwan, and colleagues studied 48 children, about 22 months to 18 years old, who had AD. The children received treatment with either an inactive placebo or a 3-mg daily dose of melatonin at bedtime for four weeks. Thirty-eight participants then took the alternate treatment (melatonin or placebo) for another four weeks.

When the children took melatonin, the severity of AD dipped slightly, possibly because melatonin's anti-inflammatory effect improved the skin condition, Chang told HealthDay. Also, children taking melatonin fell asleep about 21 minutes sooner than those taking the placebo. No adverse effects were reported.

"Melatonin supplementation is a safe and effective way to improve the sleep-onset latency and disease severity in children with AD," the authors conclude.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease



Sign up for myCME e-newsletters




More in Home

Some California Mosquitoes Can Carry Zika Virus

Some California Mosquitoes Can Carry Zika Virus

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes found to transmit Zika virus

Periodontal Inflammation a Risk With Tongue Piercing

Periodontal Inflammation a Risk With Tongue Piercing

And, two young females with tongue piercings have deep lingual infrabony lesions, periodontitis

Risk of OD Highest for First Days of Opioid  Benzodiazepine Use

Risk of OD Highest for First Days of ...

Five-fold increased risk of opioid-related overdose during first 90 days of concurrent use

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »