Herbs and their application in Pediatrics
The best drugs for the treatment of children parents consider drugs based on medicinal plants, first of all, they perceive them as “soft” and effective means. According to the world health organization (who) 30% of people in the world trust the drugs, which are used medicinal plants. Herbs used for years, their market, in contrast to synthetic is increasing every year. About 25% of prescription drugs currently available on the pharmaceutical market and are used in treatment, prepared on the basis of medicinal plants. However, the use of drugs in Pediatrics has its own characteristics and boundaries of security. Not always such funds may be safe in children at a young age, for them there are also certain toxic doses and side effects.
In General, most clinical studies on the use of preparations based on plants conducted involving adult patients, scientific data on the use of herbal remedies in children is very limited. A significant problem in childhood are allergic reactions that may be caused by the use of active biological substances based on herbs. Often herbal support allergic alertness of the child. If the child or one parent has an Allergy to any medicinal plant, drugs in which it voditelb contraindicated or should be used with extreme caution in children. Particularly active against allergic reactions widespread preparations from plants such as camomile, wormwood, eucalyptus, and carefully monitor the emergence of possible reactions. If the child first takes the medication, parents must carefully for several hours to monitor the baby to notice the appearance of side reactions. Watery eyes, scratching eyes, sneezing, coughing, heavy breathing, bright red rash are manifestations of Allergy.
The drug should never be given to children who are already taking treatment without first talking to your doctor. You must always take into account the interaction of medications and herbal remedies. Of such data in science is not so much, but it is well known that interaction can be very significant and not always positive. For example, such negative effect may have interacted St. John’s wort and some synthetic sedatives, or garlic and drugs that affect blood clotting.
Drugs that are considered supportive, including not only tea and coffee but also known to all the ginseng, the majority of specialists herbalists for children is not recommended. Many drugs are removed from the list used in Pediatrics. Many prominent experts believe that any sedatives, no matter herbal or not, you cannot give a child without medical prescription, and sedatives on the basis of Valerian to give is strictly prohibited. It should be noted that in a number of developed countries, preparations based on medicinal plants at an early age were forbidden to use it again is proof of the careful attitude to the use of herbs in children.
In some cases, scientists are not always sure what specifically biologically active component of the herb works in its composition. Because herbs contain many components that can work together. Many factors determine the effectiveness of the herb components, including climate, soil quality, etc. From this point of view it would be safer in children, the use of herbal medicine, but not clean of broths and tinctures. For example, in infants it is better and safer to use teas to correct intestinal colic and digestive disorders, made with chamomile, fennel, Melissa, than pure concoctions.
The pediatrician should pay attention to many factors when prescribing drugs, herbal. When the appointment of a children’s doctor must have some knowledge in the field of phytomedicine, as well as to know the potential role of herbal drugs in the treatment of newborns and older children.