Year 2017, Volume 4 , Issue 2, Pages 30 - 45 2017-08-05

Use of Botanical Dietary Supplements in Infants and Children and Their Effects on Health

Seda Çiftçi [1] , F. Gülhan Samur [2]

Botanical Dietary Supplements (BDS) has an important part in the human diet throughout the history. People, who lived in ancient times, relied on the plants for the treatment of diseases of infants and children. According to World Health Organization, approximately 80 percent of the population who live in developing countries use herbal supplements in order to meet the basic health needs of relies on Botanical Dietary Supplements for infants and children are used for upper respiratory tract infection, lack of appetite, gastrointestinal disorders, sleep disorders, urinary tract disorders, gynecological diseases and skin diseases. Furthermore, not only the medical products but also botanical dietary supplements are used for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), depression, inflammatory bowel disease, cystic fibrosis, Rheumatoid arthritis, along with chronic diseases like asthma or cancer. The most widely used botanical dietary supplements are echinacea, St. St. John's wort, ginseng and ginkgo biloba. On the other hand, the use of botanical dietary supplements by infants and children not may only cause side effects but also can interact with other drugs used. It should be noted that the dosage of botanical supplements consumption for children also differs from the dosage for adults. In conclusion, this paper explains which botanical dietary supplements can be used by infants and children and their positive and negative effects on health

Botanical Dietary Supplements, Children, Nutrition
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Journal Section Articles

Author: Seda Çiftçi
Country: Turkey

Author: F. Gülhan Samur
Country: Turkey


Application Date : March 30, 2017
Acceptance Date : October 27, 2017
Publication Date : August 5, 2017

APA Çiftçi, S , Samur, F . (2017). Use of Botanical Dietary Supplements in Infants and Children and Their Effects on Health . Hacettepe University Faculty of Health Sciences Journal , 4 (2) , 30-45 . DOI: 10.21020/husbfd.303011