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is goldenseal good for children

can I give small doses to my grandchildren aged 3-10?

 

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Most pediatricians advise against supplements in children. Here's why ... There is relatively little research done on most supplements and the research is usually just in adults. For adults, goldenseal appears to be safe at least for short-term use. For children, at least infants, it may be unsafe because it may cause an increase in bilirubin, causing jaundice. There has been little to no research in children so we really just don't know. If you're interested in giving it to your kids, I would definitely ask your pediatrician first. Also, keep in mind that there is very little research that goldenseal has any health benefit. There is some very preliminary research that it may help fever, but it's based on very little research. Not enough to warrant giving it to kids in my opinion but ask your doctor.

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