Is it possible to give motherwort to children?
Calm down under stress, relieve tension, improve night sleep, defeat a sense of anxiety quickly and effectively helps motherwort. Adults willingly take this drug, because it is natural, herbal. Children, too, often need a sedative, because knowing the world around us is not easy, and stress in a child is even stronger than in an adult.
In these situations, mothers are seriously thinking about whether motherwort can be given to children and how to do it right. In this article we will try to understand everything in detail.
What it is
Motherwort is a medicinal plant that is not rare for Russia. It is found on wastelands and along roads in almost all central regions of the country, as well as in the Caucasus and Siberia.
For medicinal purposes do not use the roots and flowers of the plant, harvesting only leaves and stems. Raw materials are collected and dried in summer, when motherwort blooms, it was during this period that the maximum concentration of nutrients accumulated in its greenery. In the composition of the plant:
- Alkaloids. There are several of them in the plant (stachidrin, leonurin). Their presence makes motherwort a fairly powerful antidepressant.
- Tannins. The presence of tannin, in particular, gives the motherwort anti-inflammatory, hemostatic and tonic properties.
- Essential oil. This component of the plant affects the vessels of the brain and heart, gently and quickly removing from the spasms.
- Carotene. Provides antioxidant action.
- Vitamin C. Vitamin C gives motherwort additional benefits for use against vascular diseases.
- Glycosides steroid and flavonoid. Thanks to them, motherwort has a pronounced sedative or anti-inflammatory effect.
Forms of release
You can make motherwort by yourself. Collect it from June to August. You should not cut the grass that grows close to roads, in the city, near landfills and landfills. Dry motherwort in a dry room with good ventilation, avoiding direct sunlight. After drying, leaves and plant stems can be stored for no more than three years in a paper bag or cardboard box.
It is much easier to buy a ready-made collection of pharmaceutical plants. Dry grass packaged in packs of 50 grams is always available and inexpensive. You can buy Motherwort Forte from Evalar, this is a tablet form of a herbal preparation. Pharmacists offer and motherwort tincture - alcohol-containing liquid in pharmacies is sold in small glass bottles of 25 ml. Motherwort extract is droplets in small glass bubbles.
Application for children
Instructions for use, which are enclosed in packages of all forms of motherwort, clearly state that it is impossible to give this medicinal plant to children under 12 years old. In fact, and many mothers will confirm this, motherwort begins to be used almost from the very birth of the baby.
The reason for the contradiction is in the general approach of manufacturers to herbal medicine.Since the effect of various herbs and feedings on the children's body has not been studied in detail, that is, no special clinical studies have been conducted on children, pharmacists are not legally entitled to write that their goods are permitted for children's use.
According to the established practice, children from birth to 1 year old are recommended to give motherwort only for external use - as part of bathtubs. A kid who is already 2 years old can, with the permission of the doctor, take a home water infusion or decoction of this plant. In 3-4 years you can add alcohol motherwort tincture in the bath for swimming. From 5 years old, the child can dissolve the alcohol tincture in water or juice (a few drops) and take orally. Motherwort extract can be given to children from 6 years, and the drug in pills - from 7-8 years.
Instructions for use
There are many indications for the use of motherwort. Children can be prescribed the drug in the following conditions:
- State of severe stress.
- Hyperactivity syndrome.
- Sleep disturbance.
- Anxiety during teething.
- VSD - vegetative dystonia.
- Attacks of anxiety, panic, excessive moodiness and tendency to hysteria.
- Various diseases of the nervous system.
- Immunodeficiency, weakening of the nervous system against the background of a long-term disease.
- Formation and periods of failure of the menstrual cycle in adolescent girls.
- Syndrome "restless child."
Useful properties of motherwort and method of application can be viewed in the next video.
Dosage and method of use
Motherwort and drugs based on it have a peculiarity: the dosage indicated for a given age is, in fact, conditional, approximate and averaged. Depending on the diagnosis of the baby, the severity of his problem, the pediatrician may prescribe both doses exceeding the mean values and doses that will be significantly lower.
This drug can cause serious harm to the growing body, and therefore self-treatment with this form of motherwort should be completely excluded.. The average dosage for children who have reached the age of 7-8 years will be 1 tablet three times a day. However, under severe stress or complex treatment stutterThe doctor may recommend double doses. And in case of sleep disturbances or frequent headaches, it is often advised that only 1 tablet at bedtime.
Like all preparations containing ethyl alcohol, this dosage form is not suitable for young children. Therefore, the drug has found its use in water procedures. For children from 3 years and older, you can make baths with motherwort tincture. To do this, once a day, an hour before bedtime, in the water prepared for bathing, add no more than 20 drops per 10 liters of water. Do not take this bath for too long. Bathing time should start from 5 minutes (first procedures) and gradually increase to 15 minutes. The course of treatment is about a month. Then be sure to take a break.
Children from 5 years, sometimes alcoholic infusion is allowed to take orally. Usually such a need arises if the baby suffers from a “restless child” syndrome, if he stutters badly, and also as an emergency aid in a situation of severe stress, fear, shock. The dosage in this case should not exceed one drop of tincture per half cup of warm sweet tea, compote or juice. Giving such a drink should be 2-3 times a day.
This drug exists in tablets and in the form of drops. A solid form, as we found out, can be taken only from 8 years old, but drops are acceptable for children, starting from 4-5 years. The average dosage for nervous disorders in a child is 1 drop three times a day. Vials have convenient dispensers.
A wonderful herbal remedy that you need to have in your home medicine cabinet from the very first days after the baby was born. In pharmacies, it is available in carton packs and sachets.Parents have the opportunity to choose which form is most convenient for them.
For newborns, you can make baths with decoction or tincture of motherwort. To prepare the broth, you need 1 teaspoon of dry collection and 200 grams of water. Motherwort should be filled with boiled water, pre-cooled to 80 degrees. Put the container in a water bath and hold it there for about a quarter of an hour. The resulting decoction is added to the water for bathing the infant.
For tincture will need the same amount of herbs and water. Vegetable raw materials need to fill with water, the temperature of which is about 90%, close the lid, and let it brew for about 40 minutes. The resulting product is also intended to be added to water. One-year-old child can add another medicinal plant to the composition of the infusion, for example, lemon balm or oregano. For a newborn, single-component phyto-compositions are preferred.
Infusion and decoction of motherwort can be taken inside the children from 2 years. The average dosage is 2 teaspoons three times a day. In practice, doctors try to avoid such treatment, except for particularly difficult and severe cases.
Reasonable parents know for sure that not everything that is of plant origin is safe for a child’s body. Motherwort should be taken with great care.
It can cause allergies in a child. Before the first bath with this tool, it is desirable to make a test - apply a few drops of cooked broth or infusion to the child on the back of the palm. If an hour does not appear redness and rash, then motherwort can be used.
If you have to take the first means on the basis of this plant inside, start with a dose that is three times less than the recommended one. If there is no reaction in a day, you can take the drug as usual.
Motherwort in all forms is contraindicated in children with congenital heart defects, with severe cardiac arrhythmias, with hypotension, with atopic dermatitis in the acute stage and with a predisposition to a strong allergic reaction to herbal ingredients.
The use of motherwort for preventive purposes is unacceptable. If the child is calm, sleeps well, do not make him a bath with such a tool, since the effect of motherwort "for the future" does not apply, and the unnecessary effect on a healthy nervous system does not need anything.
When to go to the doctor?
If you treat a child's nervous breakdowns and increased irritability with the help of motherwort, then you should know that 1-2 tantrums a month for a child aged 3 to 5 years is a normal variant. So the child's psyche "sheds" excessive tension. In these situations, giving motherwort is optional.
But if hysterics occur more often, are accompanied by strong aggression, attempts to harm oneself (beating his head against the walls, biting himself), and while receiving motherwort, there is no noticeable relief within a month, then this is a reason to turn to a child psychologist and psychiatrist, and also to visit neurologist and pediatrician.
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In adolescence, mothers often give motherwort to children, as the load in schools grows, hormonal changes cause inadequate behavior in children. If, while taking, your teenager does not feel relief for a couple of months, if he is severely depressed and depressed, he needs other help, and medicinal plants are not enough. Go to the doctor.
If, after taking motherwort in a child, the symptoms worsened, he became even more agitated, sweating, light tremor of the fingers could be noticed, you should immediately stop taking the drug and consult a doctor.
In the hospital will have to go after the onset of an allergic reaction.On motherwort the body usually reacts with intestinal disorders, skin rash, in more rare cases - tearing of eyelids, nasopharynx. Further intake of the drug is unacceptable.
- It is not necessary to give motherwort drugs in the morning, it will cause a child's drowsiness and lethargy during the daytime. It is better to do this starting in the afternoon.
- Motherwort should not be given to school-age children before exams, control and other important events. The sedative effect of the plant can cause distraction, inability to concentrate, excessive relaxation.
Most parents who use or used motherwort in the treatment of their children were quite satisfied with the result, according to them, a positive effect occurred approximately 2-3 weeks after the start of treatment.
Mothers emphasize that all drugs have a specific bitter taste, children refuse to drink such a remedy, and therefore it is best to add medicine to sugary drinks, which will disguise bitterness.