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New study: Be careful with supplements for infants

Paul Banas
Author Paul Banas
Submitted 10-05-2011

Whether “organic” or not, care must be given when giving any vitamin or other supplement to a baby.

Nearly one in 10 babies are given supplements or plant-based teas to soothe colic or help with teething during the first year of life, even though the products are unproven and may contain contaminants or spur allergies, a new study says.

“We’re encouraging mothers to be proactive about contacting a physician if they think they should give their child a dietary supplement,” Dr. Fein said.

[From Looking Twice at Natural Supplements for Infants – NYTimes.com]

Whether “organic” or not, care must be given when giving any vitamin or other supplement to a baby.

Nearly one in 10 babies are given supplements or plant-based teas to soothe colic or help with teething during the first year of life, even though the products are unproven and may contain contaminants or spur allergies, a new study says.

“We’re encouraging mothers to be proactive about contacting a physician if they think they should give their child a dietary supplement,” Dr. Fein said.

[From Looking Twice at Natural Supplements for Infants – NYTim