To describe the use of dietary botanical supplements and teas among infants, the characteristics of mothers who give them the specific botanical supplements and teas used, reasons for use, and sources of information.
We used data from the Infant Feeding Practices Study II, a longitudinal survey of women studied from late pregnancy through their infant's first year of life conducted by the US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention between 2005 and 2007. The sample was drawn from a nationally distributed consumer opinion panel and was limited to healthy mothers with healthy term or near-term singleton infants. The final analytical sample included 2653 mothers. Statistical techniques include frequencies, χ² tests, and ordered logit models.
Nine percent of infants were given dietary botanical supplements or teas in their first year of life, including infants as young as 1 month. Maternal herbal use (P < .0001), longer breastfeeding (P < .0001), and being Hispanic (P = .016) were significantly associated with giving infants dietary botanical supplements or teas in the multivariate model. Many supplements and teas used were marketed and sold specifically for infants. Commonly mentioned information sources included friends or family, health professionals, and the media.
A substantial proportion of infants in this sample was given a wide variety of supplements and teas. Because some supplements given to infants may pose health risks, health care providers need to recognize that infants under their care may be receiving supplements or teas.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Although many publications have documented the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in children and adolescents, most have lacked the scientific rigor to establish clear benefits over so-called conventional medicine. We reviewed the literature published in the past year to identify the types of CAM most often studied in children, the variety of conditions to which these modalities are applied, and the methodologies used in the articles exploring the most prevalent CAM modalities.
We identified 111 published articles on CAM use in children in 2011. The most common modalities were herbal/dietary supplements, acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, and homeopathy. The most commonly studied conditions were pain, headache, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), asthma, and colic. Although a majority of the articles consisted of reviews, case reports, and other nonhypothesis-driven methodologies, we did find that several were randomized controlled trials, meta-analyses, or systematic reviews. These methodologies, however, rarely accounted for the majority of publications on a particular therapy or condition.
The use of CAM in children continues to occupy a niche area of interest for many providers and families, but only a minority of articles published in the past year utilized methods of sufficient rigor to provide a useful comparison to more conventional therapies.
Current opinion in pediatrics 06/2012; 24(4):539-46. DOI:10.1097/MOP.0b013e328355a214 · 2.53 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Introduction: Pediatric use of natural health products (NHPs) is common, although conventional health care providers frequently do not attempt to manage them due to limited knowledge and lack of confidence. The aim of this review is to synthesize available guidance given to pediatric health care providers on how to manage NHPs in clinical practice. Methods: An integrative review of the literature was conducted. Key search terms were NHPs, dietary supplements, herbal medicines, CAM, pediatrics, decision-making, guides, management, safety, parents, and medical providers. Expert organizations and databases including CINAHL, PubMed, Embase, and the Cochrane Collaboration were searched. Fifty-two articles were chosen for inclusion based on appraisal using the Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-Based practice tool for research and non-research. Themes for NHP management were identified through integrating repeated expert guidance. Results: Three themes emerged from the literature regarding clinical management of NHPs: product regulation and its impact on safety, communication deficits, and limited provider knowledge. Despite guidance on NHP management from well-known organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, considerable heterogeneity was discovered in management guidelines. Discussion: This is the first known review to synthesize NHP clinical management guidance. Identified themes led to development of six key principles to help guide clinician NHP management. More research is needed to evaluate if this guidance is effective in promoting clinician confidence and competency with NHP management.
European Journal of Integrative Medicine 01/2013; 6(2). DOI:10.1016/j.eujim.2013.12.020 · 0.78 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The limited extent of data available for herbal medicinal products (HMPs) in the paediatric population is related to missing documentation of their use in practice and in literature. Therefore, information for properly evaluating indications, posology, length of treatment and safety in children is often lacking. Frequently, these documentation gaps are reflected in the product information of HMPs as final result of regulatory decisions. On the other hand, there is long-term experience of HMPs as well established and traditionally used medicinal products, which also covers the use in the paediatric population, as applied by parents themselves, and the recommendations of physicians, other health practitioners and pharmacists. The methodology of pharmaco-epidemiologic studies is a valuable tool to evaluate data of the practical use of HMPs in children. The documentation gap may be closed by such methodologies, and HMPs may be applied prospectively on the basis of well-documented empirical knowledge.
Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift 02/2013; 163(3-4). DOI:10.1007/s10354-013-0175-7
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