Administering Natural Remedies to Your Children

How to safely and effectively give your child natural remedies.

Author: Christin Sander, Health Writer

Many parents turn to alternative medicine and herbal remedies as a safe alternative to pharmaceuticals. Natural remedies are usually safer and gentler, but how do you know how much to give your child? Are there contraindications or side effects? Knowing exactly how to properly administer natural remedies to children can be stressful to parents who worry about the potential to overdose or otherwise cause unintentional harm. Proper information and understanding can avoid these problems.

Homeopathic medicine is often a preferred choice for parents because there is no chance for negative reactions or side effects with any other medications or herbs. Homeopathic remedies are the most gentle and have absolutely no side effects. They are created by natural substances that have been diluted and then reformulated. When they are administered, they stimulate the child's own defenses and help the body to naturally come back to a state of positive health.

Herbal remedies do pose the potential for side effects and other problems if they are not administered properly. However, many herbal extracts can be given to children safely. Always follow the recommended dosage instructions provided with any product. In addition, be sure you are purchasing your extracts and remedies from a reputable source to guarantee purity and effectiveness. If you are in doubt, there are some general rules that can help you ensure your child is receiving the correct amount of an herbal remedy.

As a general rule, children should be one year or older before they are given most herbs. Children less than a year old should be administered herbs only under the supervision of a professional herbalist or naturopathic doctor. There are a few exceptions that are safe for young babies, including chamomile and fennel.

With herbal remedies, a child's dosage will be a fraction of the recommended adult dosage. Most products base their adult dosage on 150 pound adults. For children, you can figure the dosage based on age. Divide the adult dosage of your formula by 150 and then multiply that answer by the child's age. For example, if an adult dosage was 20 drops of an extract, you would take 20 and divide it by 150 for a total of .13 and then multiply .13 times the age. If your child is 6 years old, the answer would be .79, so seven to eight drops would be the approximate dosage.

Herbal remedies tend to be very effective in children. Their bodies are more sensitive and responsive to the healing properties of most herbs. Always go with the lowest possible dose and increase only if needed. Whenever possible, purchase extracts that are formulated specifically for children or include the proper dosage amounts for children as well as adults.

Herbal remedies like Focus Formula are used to relieve the symptoms of ADHD in both children and adults. The herbs used are safe for those 6+ and proper dosing instructions are provided for children and adults.

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