You shouldn’t give melatonin to your child except under direct medical advice and supervision.Sedative medications include the antihistamine drugs Vallergan and Phenergan.
If you want to use one of these medicines, always talk about it with your doctor first.
You should give your child sleep medicine only if your doctor advises you to do so, and only if your doctor is supervising your child’s treatment.
If your child has ADHD, ASD, behaviour problems, developmental delay or a medical condition – for example, cerebral palsy – and is also sleeping poorly, discuss this with your doctor.
Your child’s paediatrician might be able to prescribe additional medications for your child’s sleep problems.
Dr Saxon said while Phenergan's sedative side effect was commonly used to help people with allergic skin reactions and eczema sleep better, it was "a different step again to use it to survive the ordeal we all go through when families go on long trips and holidays".