Is Ginger Safe for Babies?

Ginger is a centuries-old herb that is also commonplace in spice cabinets. It's sometimes used in alternative medicine, primarily for the treatment of nausea and other gastrointestinal issues. However, the University of Maryland Medical Center says that ginger is not safe for babies. Never give the herb to children under 2 years of age.

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Safety Concerns for Babies

Ginger is not safe in babies because it is too harsh on their developing systems. In alternative medicine, the herb has been used to treat colic and stomach issues in babies, but it's not considered safe in this age group. Furthermore, you should not take ginger if you are breast-feeding.

Consult with a Pediatrician

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, ginger can be safe in children over age 2. It may be used to treat mild gastrointestinal problems, as well as headaches. However, age doesn't necessarily mean ginger is safe for your child. Always discuss herbal remedies with a pediatrician before use, as herbs can cause side effects and pose the risk of drug interactions.

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