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Medical News & Perspectives
June 1, 2011

Study: Up to 1 in 10 Infants Given Herbal Supplements, Teas by Their Mother

JAMA. 2011;305(21):2161. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.717

A recent study has alerted US physicians that many of the infants in their care are given potentially harmful herbal supplements and teas.

Researchers from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland reported data from the Infant Feeding Practices Study II showing that about 9% of infants receive supplements or tea during their first year of life (Zhang Y et al. Pediatrics. doi: 10.1542/peds.2010-2294 [published online ahead of print May 2, 2011]).

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