Rebecca Kronk on Medication for Sleep Issues

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Rebecca Kronk, PhD, CRNP, MSN, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Duquesne University, discusses medication for sleep issues in pediatric cancer patients.

Rebecca Kronk, PhD, CRNP, MSN, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Duquesne University, discusses medication for sleep issues in pediatric cancer patients.

Melatonin is a helpful sleep aid for pediatric patients, Kronk says, if behavioral interventions are not effective. Ideally, a child should have a good pattern of being awake and being asleep and sometimes a supplement is needed. Melatonin helps a child to fall asleep, though does not always help them to stay asleep.

Once a physiological and psychological pattern is in place, melatonin use can be discontinued.