Parents Frequently Using Herbs, Teas To Treat Infants; Which Are Best?

Feeding herbs to infants

Feeding herbs to infants

A study released this week has found that a substantial proportion of infants in the examined sample are given a wide variety of supplements and teas. Because some supplements given to infants may pose health risks, health care providers need to recognize that infants under their care may be receiving supplements or teas. New research finds that almost one in every ten mothers keeps it natural when medicating their babies.

A nationwide survey of three-thousand new mothers found that 9% used herbal supplements and teas in infants under one year old. Moms who used herbal remedies themselves were four times more likely to give them to their babies than women who had never used them.

What are some of the most popular herbal remedies for kids though?

Echinacea (Echinacea spp) is an immune-enhancing herb considered a “mother’s helper” by herbalists. It can be used in tea or tincture form to fend off illness when there are a lot of colds or flus going around or when the first symptoms appear.

Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) is one of the best all-around children’s herbs. It contains anti-inflammatory essential oils, and its flowers make a soothing tea that settles the nervous system. It promotes digestion and is good for colicky babies. Chamomile tea can calm a stressed or nervous child. A massage oil with added chamomile essential oil can be used to calm a child or to soothe sore, achy muscles. A few drops of tincture before feeding time aids digestion………………..Read full Article

Study: Feeding of Dietary Botanical Supplements and Teas to Infants in the United States


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