According to Pharmacy Times, a survey showed a number of children who presented to a pediatric emergency department had sleeping issues and had been given over-the-counter sleep aids.

The more significant issue may be the potential for children to become psychologically dependent on sleep aids, W. Christopher Winter, MD, of Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine in Virginia, told Pharmacy Times.
“The pharmacological repercussions, as far as we know, are pretty low, [but] it’s the psychological problem this is really significant,” he explained. “Kids may grow up thinking they just have a problem and that they need medication forever.”

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