Parents want to help kids feel great. Many look to herbal supplements to aid health and performance. How do you know these supplements are safe?
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First, the health supplement industry is not regulated. They could potentially be contaminated with something unsafe. There can also be potency irregularities on the shelf.
However, many companies self regulate. Check the label for evidence of screening by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). This means it isn’t contaminated and potency matches the label.
Additionally, tell your providers what products you’re giving your child. Some herbal products react poorly to medications. Your provider can prescribe medications with full awareness of your child’s supplements.
A healthy diet and enough sleep go a long way to support your child’s wellness.
For children on antibiotics, probiotics can nurture good bacteria. Start probiotics at the same time you begin antibiotic treatment.
Zinc reduces the duration of respiratory symptoms by three to four days. Start zinc within 24 to 48 hours of the start of infection. It can cause the loss of a sense of smell in some people, so zinc supplements are not recommended on a regular basis.
Fish oils or omega-3s are often lacking in the foods we eat. They promote better mental health and can support efficacy of psychiatric medication.
Be wary of anecdotal recommendations. Just because it worked for your friend doesn’t mean it will work for you.
Listen as Dr. Cora Breuner joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss which supplements you can share with your child and when, and which supplements it’s better to avoid.
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