How to Administer Herbs to Babies & Small Children

19 03 2013

imgresAdministering herbs to small children & babies can be challenging to say the least.  There are a few things that you can have on hand to make this job easier and almost pleasant.  Most of these things are to sweeten the mixture so that the child will take it.  Some of these things are;

1.  Maple Syrup, most kids love this one.

2. Agave Syrup, good for low carbohydrate diets.

3. Honey, good for yeast free diets.

4. Glycerine, the best choice if you don’t want added calories.

5. Straw to suck the mixture down.

6. Small syringe to squirt the mixture down their throat.

Most tinctures of herbs that have an alcohol base can be mixed with glycerine or one of the other sweeteners listed above, to sweeten slightly to get the mixture down.  The more bitter the mixture, the more glycerine or other sweetener you will need.  Usually if you put 1 part tincture to 1 part glycerine it will be enough to sweeten it so the child can get it down.  Put it in a shot glass or another small glass and dilute a bit with purified water as well.  Then you can get the child to suck it down with a straw.

When you are using powdered herbs, that is a different story.  These need to be mixed into a smoothie of fruit or even mixed in with a little Aloe Vera juice with some glycerine for taste.  The problem with powders is that they have a texture as well as a taste and some children have a real problem with this.  The best thing in this case is to blend the powdered herb into a fruit smoothie.  Berries are ideal to do this with and don’t forget to add some hemp protein powder or some vegan protein powder if you want the drink thicker but are not using dairy products for the base of the smoothie.  You can also try just berries and ice cubes to make a thick shake without the protein or dairy base.

Some of the tinctures can be given as a tea to the child.  Just add boiling water and honey to taste or another sweetener of your choice.  This is important if the child has the flu or a cold and needs something hot to keep them warm.

Another idea to change the taste of a herbal mixture is to add either Peppermint or Spearmint essential oil to the mixture in the glass.  Just a couple of drops will do.

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