Herbal Supplements for Children
Parents often ask me to suggest some basic herbal formulas that they can safely give to their children to address minor ailments. All the formulas and supplements below can be kept in your medical chest and dispensed by you at your discretion. None of them are a replacement for the advice of your pediatrician and at The YinOva Center we encourage you to consult your child’s doctor about any ailment that is worrisome and to keep them informed about herbal preparations that you are using. We are always happy to talk to our patient’s doctors and explain what is in an herbal product.
Moreover you are always welcome to bring your child in to see us at The YinOva Center and we will design a specifically tailored formula for them and have it made by an herbal pharmacy. Specially made formulas are stronger and should only be dispensed by a board certified herbalist whereas the products below are sold over the counter at The YinOva Center and can be given at your discretion in the dose recommended on the label.
At The YinOva Center we are big fans of the Gentle Warrior’s range of pediatric herbal formulas. These are made in California by Kan Herbs. You can read more about Kan Herbs here.
We love this company and know that they take great care with these formulas and that the herbs are extensively tested for purity and quality.
We also appreciate that these products are designed with children in mind and have a lower alcohol content and some glycerin added so that they taste good. These are the formulas we give our own kids and I often suggest to YinOva Mom’s that they keep some at home to use at the first sign of an upset.
Herbs for Respiratory Problems
Windbreaker – This formula is an appropriate treatment for a cold in its early stages. It can also be used to treat mild allergies.
Chest Relief – This formula is useful for a productive cough where your child is coughing up clear phlegm. It can be used in combination with our cough syrup
Pipe Cleaner – We use this formula for a cough with sticky, yellow, scanty phlegm. It can also be used to address chronic bronchitis or chronic asthma with the permission of your pediatrician.
Open Air – This formula is for chronic dry wheezing. We use it for children with asthma that is not particularly phlegmy. This product can be used conjunction with medication prescribed by a pediatrician.
Deep Breath – This is a good formula for chronic wheezing with phlegm and also for kids that get a lot of sinus infections. We use this for children with asthma where they produce a lot of phlegm. This product can be used in conjunction with medication prescribed by a pediatrician.
Herbs for Digestive Problems
Grow and Thrive – This formula can be used for poor appetite, weak digestion, colic and food sensitivities.
Tummy Tamer – This formula can be used for belching, flatulence, bloating and nausea
Easy Going – This formula is for constipation
Belly Binder – This formula is for diarrhea.
Herbs for Skin Problems
Fire Fighter – This formula can be used for red itchy rashes including hives, allergic dermatitis, eczema and acne
Herbs for Behavioral Problems
Quiet Calm – This formula can be used for irritability, hyperactivity, agitation, tantrums and insomnia
I cannot stress enough that all these formulas are relatively mild and certainly not as strong as a pharmaceutical that your doctor can prescribe. They are useful for dealing with minor ailments but if your child’s symptoms persist you should consult a doctor. Some of them can be used in conjunction with conventional medication and you should ask for our advice about this.
This is our favorite multi-vitamin for children. Kids love the strawberry-kiwi flavor and parents love that it contains all the most important vitamin and mineral components needed for a growing child. We endorse this product and stock it at The YinOva Center because of the quality of its ingredients.
Natural D-Hist Jr
For children with allergies this product offers seasonal support in a fun lemon and lime flavor. It contains the following ingredients.
- Quercetin which is a powerful natural flavonoid, quercetin has been shown to inhibit mast cell degranulation and its unfortunate consequences.
- Stinging Nettles which have been shown to block important enzymes within the arachidonic acid cascade as well as having proven their effectiveness in a single ingredient clinical trial.
- Bromelain which is strong pineapple enzyme, bromelain has proven mucolytic properties. As such, bromelain supports normal mucosal tissue function and enhances the absorption of quercetin.
- N-Acetyl L-Cysteine (NAC) which is an amino acid that is also a natural mucolytic, NAC reduces the viscosity of mucus. Clinical studies have proven oral doses of NAC to be an excellent means to recharge cellular glutathione, a foundational antioxidant.
A great probiotic especially formulated for kids with a taste that they enjoy. This should be taken to preserve digestive health if your child is taking antibiotics.
A natural children’s cough formula that tastes great. It contains
- Thyme and Elderberry which are used to soothe the throat from the inflammation often associated with coughing.
- Anise which helps to loosen and expel phlegm.
- Sage which has been used for centuries in Europe as a gargle to sooth sore throats.
Kids love these fruit flavored chewy sticks that contain a great tasting source of essential fatty acids which are important for your child’s growth. Omega-3 Fatty Acids are proven beneficial for healthy brain development in children, as well as supporting healthy heart, joints, skin, immune system and eyes.
OmegaStix contain EPA and DHA because researchers have learned that children supplemented with Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA & DHA) have numerous advantages in the following significant areas compared with those who did not take fish oils:
- Better Sleep Patterns
- Higher Cognitive Function
- Increased Concentration
- Improved Mood
To read a BBC article about one of these clinical trials click here
One concern about omega 3 supplements has been contamination because they are made from fish oils and some supplements have been found to have high levels of mercury. At The YinOva Center we use OmegaStix because they meet the strict CRN Monograph for product purity.
All these products are available at The YinOva Center. Please ask us for advice about which to choose. For more about out Pediatric Services click here.