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Meghan King Edmonds Defends Letting Her Daughter Have a Melatonin Gummy

The RHOC alum claps back about the controversial choice.

By Tamara Palmer
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Meghan King Edmonds has something to say to the people she calls the "parent police." 

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The Real Housewives of Orange County alum received criticism on social media after posting a picture of her 3-year-old daughter, Aspen Edmonds, sleeping by her side.

“This angel found a melatonin gummy in mama’s purse leftover from our flight," she wrote. "30 minutes later zzz. That was 2 hours ago."

However, the social media post apparently had many of her followers upset and concerned.

“It was a melatonin gummy for kids, not a sleeping pill and certainly not for an adult,” she wrote in a statement later released to PEOPLE. “It is completely safe. Aspen found the one little gummy in a little baggie while rummaging through my purse. She asked me if she could have it and since it was nap time I told her ‘Yes.’ In fact, the recommended dosage for this particular brand of melatonin for kids is 2 gummies and I let her have one.”

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Meghan also clarified that she didn't delete the post because she thought it was wrong, but because it expired after 24 hours as is customary with Instagram Stories.

“I never deleted the post, it stayed on my Instagram Stories for the full 24 hours because nothing wrong or dangerous happened," she added. "Aspen was fully supervised by me the entire time and didn’t take the gummy without my express permission. The post was cheekier because it’s Instagram that’s what social media is about: a glimpse into our lives — not usually the full story. But, since the parent police are out in full force, I’ve felt compelled to give a full explanation to this silliness.”

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