US mothers feed infants variety of herbal products

May 02, 2011

(AP) -- New research suggests many U.S. babies are fed herbal supplements or teas.

Food and Drug Administration researchers led the study. It was released Monday in the and is billed as the first to examine broad use of such products in American infants.

About 9 percent studied had been fed supplements at least once. The 2005-2007 study oversampled whites mothers, so authors say the true national prevalence is likely between 3 percent and 10 percent. About 2,600 mothers were questioned.

Gripe water for colic and chamomile tea were the most common products, but many others were used for reasons including fussiness and . Side effects weren't examined.

Supplements aren't strictly regulated. The authors say there's a potential for harm, and the variety used means some probably were unsafe.

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Mauricio
not rated yet May 02, 2011
It would be nice to see the government caring about something REALLY bad, like how much sugar the population is consuming, how much TV are watching, etc.

This is one of those things that make us think that the US government is plain evil. They want to restrict our access to herbal teas! but cigarettes, you can have as much as you want, because there is no proof they are bad for you! but herbal teas? they are dangerous for you :)