Conventional Medicine's Answer for Child Insomnia: Drugs
December 27, 2010
An astonishing one in four children who have problems sleeping are being given medications. The drugs range from antihistamines to sedatives to ADHD drugs to antidepressants.
Typical practice in conventional medicine appears to be treating insomnia in children with over-the-counter and prescription medicine. The practice is especially apparent in children with special needs and co-morbid psychiatric disorders.
According to All Voices:
"Almost 13,000 members of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry completed a survey ... In a staggering response 96 percent of practitioners had recommended a minimum of one prescription medication [for insomnia in a child] in a normal month, while 86 percent recommended over-the-counter medicines. Antidepressants, antihistamines, stimulants and more were prescribed."