Infants and Herbal Supplements

Surveys of some 2700 mothers revealed that 9% of their children receive herbal supplements during their first year of life–sometimes as early as during the first month. These products were given most frequently to help with colic, fussiness, relaxation, digestion. Mothers who use supplements themselves were more likely to give them to their babies.

PositiveTip: Because some supplements pose health risks, parents should counsel with a pediatrician about their use.