Caution: I do not recommend giving a herbal preparation to an infant or child under 2 years old without first talking to a qualified medical herbalist.
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In general, I advise against treating babies with herbs at home because babies need tiny doses and some herbs are not suitable. Having said that, a few common infant problems can be safely treated with herbs, and I give precise dosages for specific situations throughout this blog.
You can use the following formula to calculate the tincture or infusion dose for children. If your child is small for his or her age, adjust the dose downwards. For instance, if your child is 8 years old but the size of an average 7-year-old, use the dosage for a 7-year-old. Do not adjust the dose upwards if your child is bigger than average.
• Children between 2 and 3 years old should take % of an adult dose.
• Children between 4 and 7 years old should take % of an adult dose.
• Children between 8 and 12 years old should take of an adult dose.
• Children between 13 and 16 years old should take V2 of an adult dose.
• Children above 16 years old can take an adult dose.
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