How would one administer melatonin to a 7 yr. old who doesn't swallow pills???
Hope I'm qualified to answer this, as I have absolutely no medical training whatsoever. However, I do take melatonin most nights as a sleep aid. I usually choke on the pills (my particular brand is flat with sharp edges) and so I just chew them up. This doesn't exactly taste pleasant (rather like chewing on talcum powder) but doesn't taste horrible, either. A good "swish" of water and the taste is gone.
You can get melatonin in 1mg pills that you suck and they dissolve in the mouth. Some are mint flavored and some, I think cherry.
I have to wonder what a 7-year-old is doing taking melatonin. Is this a prescription? If so, have you taken him/her to another doctor for a second opinion? I'd be cautious about giving something like this to one so young.
If you want to know something more about melatonin and its side effects, read the following article
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