Herbs for Kids

Herbs for Kids

Many people prefer the use of herbs to drugs due to the lower risk of side effects. This is the reason why herbal remedies are used for kids as well. The following article provides information about some of these herbal medicines.
Parents are always concerned about their child's health. They have their set of concerns regarding which medicine to administer and which ones to avoid. Herbs have always been an important ingredient in any composition, be it medicine or food. Herbs, in due course of time, have become indispensable.

When administering herbal remedies to kids, it is a prerequisite that parents stay vigilant and make the best possible efforts to study the reactions of these herbs on their children. They need to observe whether the child is accepting the natural herb compounds well or not. There have been some rare cases when herbs have not suited kids and had an adverse effect on their system. Certain reactions that might be observed in some children are headache, skin rash, or a stomach disorder. One must immediately stop administering the herbal medicines, if they cause other distressing symptoms. If any severe reactions occur, it is always advisable to consult a doctor immediately. Herbal supplements for kids are available in several forms. Tablets, capsules, and syrups are some of the widely used and accepted forms available. If the child has a phobia of swallowing tablets, parents could resort to the use of syrups. Other forms of herbs include tinctures, poultice, baths, and ointments.

Dosage

For Infants up to 2 Years - The recommended dosage for this age group is two to three drops of tincture mixed in one-fourth cup of water or three teaspoons of tea.

Two to six Years of Age - The dosage prescribed for this particular age group is six to ten drops of tincture mixed in one-fourth cup of water or tea in the same proportion.

Six to Twelve years of Age - One tablet, capsule, or ten to twelve drops of tincture mixed in the same amount of water.

Twelve Years to Adults - The recommended dose for this age group is two tablets or capsules with a cup of tea, and twenty to thirty drops of tincture added to water.

Herbal Medicines for Kids
  • In order to boost the immune system, parents can resort to a herb called echinacea. This herb helps in building a stronger and sturdier immune system. It also prevents colds and coughs. If cold does attack your child's immune system, administering this herb in any form, be it a tablet or syrup, can be beneficial. It could be given five times a day for a week.
  • The use of echinacea herb could prove beneficial for sore throat, fevers, and headaches.
  • To cure ear infections in children, orange grape is the best remedy.
  • A herbal remedy called astragalus fights viruses; however, it is advised that the administration of this herb be stopped, if the child is suffering from fever as this may prolong the duration of fever.
  • Ginger tea helps fight nausea and severe bouts of vomiting. Even though, the health benefits of ginger roots are plenty, children might not be ready to consume it due to its strong taste. It would thus be a good idea to mix the ginger tea with apple or orange juice and serve it to your kids.
  • Flaxseed tea is a natural remedy for constipation.
  • Diarrhea can also be cured by administering a herbal remedy consisting of slippery elm.
  • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), which is characterized by hyperactivity and short attention span, is a common condition that affects children. Herbal remedies for ADHD constitute calming herbs that soothe their nerves. Calming herbs for kids include lime blossom, catnip, and chamomile. Chamomile works as a herbal soporific. These herbs, also prevent the child from getting restless and cranky most of the time.
It is important that you consult medical practitioner before the administration of any herbal remedy to the child.

Disclaimer: This HolisticZine article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.