how to dose herbal remedies for children

How to Dose Herbal Remedies for Children

If you are new to using Herbal Remedies you may be wondering how to dose herbal remedies for children? Most herbal remedies that you purchase have the dosage amount on the bottle for adults but may not specify for children. Or maybe you are making your own remedies at home and you don't know how to adjust the dose. There are two ways that many herbalists determine dosages for children. One way is according to their age and the other is according to their weight.

Dose by age

Youngs and cowling's rules

These calculations are common practice by many herbalists on how to dose herbal remedies for children.

Young's Rule

Add 12 to the child's age. Divide the child's age by this total. For example the dosage for a four-year-old would be 4/ 16 = .25 or 1/4 of the adult dosage.

Cowling's rule

Divide the number of the child's next birthday by 24. For example the dosage for a child who is 3 turning 4 years old is 4 / 24 = 0.16 or 1/6 of the adult dosage.

Dose Herbal Remedies for Children by Weight

Since children at any given age can a very greatly in size and weight some herbalists prefer to use the weight rather than the age. You best determine the dose for your child using adult weight of 150 lbs. as the baseline. Use the figure of 150 lbs. as the common denominator. Put your child's actual weight over it to determine a fraction of the standard adult dose. Example if your child weighs 50 lb and the standard Baseline is 150 lbs. you will want to give them 1/3 of the adult dose which is 50 / 150.

The following General guidelines apply:

Child's weight

  • 10 lb equals 1/15 of the adult dose
  • 20 lb equals 1/8 of the adult dose
  • 30 lb equals 1/5 of the adult dose
  • 40 lb equals 114 of the adult dose
  • 50 lb equals 1/3 of the adult dose
  • 60 lb equals 2/5 of the adult dose
  • 70 lb equals 1/2 of the adult dose
  • 80 lb equals 1/2 of the adult dose
  • 90 lb equals 3/5 of the adult dose
  • 100 lb equals 2/3 of the adult dose

If you are just beginning your herbal work or you are unfamiliar with the remedies use these guidelines and charts. They provide sound guidelines for dosing the proper amount of herbal remedies for children. Remember that these charts are simply guidelines and it's important to consider the overall health and Constitution of the child.

Dosing for Infants

The safest way to administer herbs to infants is through mother's milk. It is necessary for the mother to drink at least 4 to 6 cups of tea to provide benefits to the infant. If a mother is not nursing some teas can be added to the little ones bottle but do so under the direction of your health practitioner.

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