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 I started using 5HTP for my 12 year old son who has trouble sleeping. He has never been a good sleeper even as a baby. He also likes carbs a lot. Is this safe for him? If not, why not and do you have another supplement that might be better for his age? Thank you!



As a parent of 4, I totally understand your concerns!

Have you tried to check him for food sensitivities? Most of the time, checking for and changing their diet will have a great impact on their health! Food allergy testing comes in different forms, and please don't have the scratching test done... it only tests for IMMEDIATE food reactions, and puts the child under so much unnecessary pain and stress! Only a knowledgeable and licensed practitioner can recommend the right test for him.

I wouldn't start him off on such a supplement as 5HTP without first understanding WHY he isn't sleeping!

Good luck!

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Dr. Toghyani grew up in Niger, West Africa, and moved to the United States to study PreMed. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2000 with a Bachelors in Neuro-Physiology, then moved to Arizona to start her Naturopathic studies. She graduated in 2005, and now has a general family practice in Fountain Hills, AZ, with a focus on Pediatrics.

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