Suggested Doses for Children

There are a number of references to treating children with herbs. In such cases it is suggested that the dose needs to be reduced depending on the age of the child.

When treating a child with a herb they have not had before, give them a really tiny dose to start with just in case they have an allergic reaction.

Medicinal dose

  • 0-1 years, one-twentieth of the adult dose
  • 1-2 years, one-tenth of the adult dose
  • 3-6 years, one-quarter of the adult dose
  • 7-10 years one-half of the adult dose
  • 11-14 years three-quarters of the adult dose
  • 15 years plus, full adult dose


McIntyre, A. 1995, The Complete Women's Herbal. Henry Holt Reference Books.

Mills, S. Y. 1989, The A-Z of Modern Herbalism: A Comprehensive Guide to Practical Herbal Therapy. Thorson.

Woodward, P. 2003, Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies. Hyland House.




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