IMB Warns Against Use Of Echinacea For Children

Parents should not give children under 12 any herbal products containing Echinacea, according to the Irish Medicines Board.

The agency said there is no science to supporting the use of such products, and that there is also a risk of rare but severe side effects.

Despite authorities in the UK acting likewise, the Irish Association of Health Stores has described the move as unjustified.

The association's Jill Bell said that echinacea products had been used for over 20 years.

She said there was no new evidence of it being unsafe in children.

The Irish Medicines Board said that just because something may be a herb and natural does not mean it is always safe.

Adult echinacea products are not affected by the new recommendation.

A company that supplies an echinacea product for children has said it will change the dosage instructions on its packaging, although it disagrees with the IMB's decision.


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