Reports of melatonin poisoning in kids have spiked dramatically

Poison control centers in the U.S. have seen a dramatic rise in reports of kids ingesting melatonin over the last decade 

From 2012 to 2021, these incidents increased 530 percent, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Thursday 

Melatonin is a hormone that can help regulate sleep. It's also produced and sold as a dietary supplement in pill, liquid or gummy form 

The agency said that most poison control reports came after kids took melatonin supplements accidentally 

Less than 6 percent of the ingestions were intentional, meaning that either parents gave melatonin to kids 

A survey of mostly U.S. residents found that worries about Covid-19 were a consistent predictor of insomnia 

In total, poison control centers received more than 260,000 reports of children ingesting melatonin over 10 years