US Mothers Feed Herbal Products to Infants

Research by the Food and Drug Administration reveals that US mothers regularly feed herbal teas or supplements to their babies. The findings were recently released in Pediatrics journal. This study is the first to analyze the use of herbal products on American infants.

In the research, around 2,600 mothers were surveyed. It was found that around nine percent had used herbal supplements on their babies at least once. Chamomile tea and gripe water to treat colic were commonly used products. Other herbal supplements were used for digestive problems and fussiness. However, the side effects of these herbal products were not analyzed.

There is no strict regulation of herbal supplements, and since a variety of them are used there could be potential for danger, opine the authors.

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