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The habit of drinking herbal medicine has become a tradition for Indonesians. Drinks derived from spices are believed to have he alth benefits. For that reason, not a few parents give herbal medicine to their children. Actually, can children drink herbal medicine?
In Indonesia, herbs are medicinal plant ingredients that have been used for generations. Common ingredients used to make herbal medicine include ginger, ginger, turmeric, and kencur. These ingredients are also often found in herbal medicine for children which are believed to increase their appetite.
Suggestions for Drinking Herbal Medicine for Children
Children often have trouble eating and this can make mothers dizzy. As a result, not a few mothers try herbal medicine to increase their child's appetite.
Actually, giving herbs to children is okay, but there are rules. Herbal medicine clearly should not be given to children under 6 months of age, because at this age children only need nutrition from breast milk or formula milk.
The age limit for children to drink herbal medicine is determined based on their content. Most herbs are formulated with more than one ingredient. This is why it is important for mothers to choose herbs that contain clear ingredients.
Jamu containing ginger is not recommended for children under 6 years old. Ginger is actually good for digestion. However, the spicy and sharp taste of ginger can cause heartburn in children, especially when given in high levels.
As for herbs containing turmeric, it is not recommended for children under 12 years of age. Turmeric is known to prevent the absorption of iron in the intestines. This can increase the risk of iron deficiency anemia in children, especially children who have difficulty eating.
For other herbal ingredients, such as temulawak and kencur, the evidence showing the benefits and side effects of its use in children is still very limited. In addition, the dose of the above herbal ingredients that are effective and safe for children is not yet known.
So, you are still advised to be careful. Your little one may like herbs, because many herbs are processed with sugar or brown sugar. However, herbal medicine is not recommended to be consumed every day, only once a month maximum.
Mother also should not carelessly give herbs to children. If you want to buy packaged herbal medicine, make sure the product is well sealed, has a BPOM distribution permit, and clearly states the ingredients used, expiration date, and warnings or instructions for use.
In addition to buying packaged herbal products, you can also make your own herbal medicine. If you intend to make your own herbal medicine, there are several things you need to pay attention to, namely:
- The ingredients used must be fresh, and whole, free from pests.
- The herbal ingredients must be washed with running water until they are clean.
- Jamu is made using stainless steel or blirik pans, not aluminum pans.
- The herbs that have been made are recommended to be stored in glass bottles, not plastic bottles.
- The place where herbal medicine is made must be in a clean condition, and free from exposure to animals and garbage that are at risk of carrying germs and fungi.
That's the information on giving herbs for children that you should know. Whether you provide trusted packaged herbs or make your own herbs, keep an eye on allergic reactions and digestive disorders that might occur when your little one tries them for the first time.
In addition, if your little one has a medical condition or is taking certain medications, you should consult a doctor first before giving him any herbs.
Some drugs can interact with ingredients that are often found in herbal medicine. This can harm your little one or reduce the effectiveness of the treatment.
If you give herbs to your little one in the hope of making him eat, there are actually many ways to increase a child's appetite, really. Mothers can try to decorate the menu to be interesting, create a pleasant dining atmosphere, or invite her to cook together.
If these methods have been done but your little one still doesn't have the appetite to eat until he loses weight, consult a doctor to get the right treatment.