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2022 Feb 24

BMC Pediatr



Melatonin for pre-medication in children: a systematic review.


Mellor K, Papaioannou D, Thomason A, Bolt R, Evans C, Wilson M, Deery C
BMC Pediatr. 2022 Feb 24; 22(1):107.
PMID: 35209863.


Melatonin's effectiveness as an anxiolytic medication has been confirmed in adults; however, its efficacy in a paediatric population is unclear. A number of small studies have assessed its use in children as a pre-operative anxiolytic, with conflicting results.