Can I give Elderberry Syrup to my baby?
We ALWAYS recommend chatting with your childs’ medical care provider first! Did you know that products containing Honey are potentially unsafe for children under 1? If you’re interested in supplementing with elderberry for your child under 1 year old, DEFINITELY grab some of our organic Elderberry Syrup with Maple. It’s still delicious, but is also a vegan and honey free option!
Secondly, I personally recommend waiting until your child has started solids before giving them elderberry syrup. AND, for their first dose, just give them a tiny bit (to make sure there’s no reaction to any of the ingredients). For my own children, I started giving them Elderberry Syrup sometime between 6-9 months of age. And our recommendations for dosing for young children is 1/2 to 1 teaspoon. I think the easiest way to get elderberry into little mouths is with a syringe (until they can hold a small cup on their own!)
The “magic” of elderberry comes when you start taking it RIGHT at the first symptoms of colds or flu. Maybe you notice your little one is stuffed up. Maybe they have nasal discharge or the beginnings of a cough. That’s right when you start giving them 1/2-1 teaspoon every 2-3 hours! Dosing with that frequency allows all of the goodness (flavonoids, antioxidants) to remain high in the bloodstream to help boost the immune reaction to any viruses within their bodies.
And, good news! There’s not much of a reason to be worried about “overdosing” on elderberry. If your little one gets too much, s/he may just experience some loose stool.
As always, Contact Us if you have ANY question!
Here’s a great article about elderberry supplementation for cold and flu prevention by a licensed pediatric naturopath!