Melatonin, Babies, and Eczema
Melatonin is a substance found in humans, animals, plants, bacteria, and fungi. In humans and animals, it’s a hormone that anticipates the daily onset of darkness. Anyone who has a little one at home who suffers from eczema knows that the skin condition can prevent children and babies from getting a good night’s sleep. You also know if your baby or child is not sleeping, either are you. A new study is now suggesting that over-the-counter melatonin could help to boost sleep for infants and children with eczema.
Sleep problems are difficult to treat in children and especially children with eczema. The red, itchy, inflamed quality of eczema is very disruptive, and antihistamines can stop working after just a few days. Supplementation with melatonin, the recent study found, is both effective and safe. It will help children to fall asleep faster and to get better quality sleep overall.
The study is showing that it may not be the itchiness that’s preventing sleep. Patients with eczema are exhibiting lower levels of nocturnal melatonin, which is what inspired the study. Because melatonin is a natural human hormone with minimal side effects, it makes an ideal treatment for children.
When the children in the study took melatonin, the anti-inflammatory nature of the hormone gave them a slight improvement in their eczema. The children fell asleep an average of 21 minutes sooner than the children who took the placebo, and sleep rose by 10 minutes on average among all of the children who participated in the study. No side effects were reported.
We look forward to watching developments in this area of study and will keep you updated!