Aim of the study
- To give doses of melatonin to babies
- Measure how much is found in the blood and urine.
Before studying whether melatonin protects the brain, we need to find out what dose is required.
Background to the study
The brains of preterm babies are vulnerable and don’t grow in the same way as term babies. Babies in the womb receive a natural hormone called melatonin from their mothers across the placenta. Preterm babies have low levels of melatonin and some studies suggest that replacing melatonin can protect the brain.
You are being invited to participate in our research study.
It is important to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve before you decide to take part.
Once you have read the information sheet and are happy to take part in the study, download and complete our consent form .