Supplement use growing among children and adolescents

Pediatr Ann. 2004 Apr;33(4):227-32. doi: 10.3928/0090-4481-20040401-08.


Many pediatric patients, especially those with chronic or recurrent conditions, use dietary supplements. It is critical that physicians open a dialogue with their patients and their families about the use of dietary supplements and herbal remedies. It is important for parents to research what is known about the efficacy and safety of a supplement when considering giving it to their children. Physicians must become familiar with evidenced-based resources, as well as federal and professional guidelines.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child Welfare*
  • Complementary Therapies / standards*
  • Consumer Product Safety
  • Dietary Supplements / standards*
  • Health Promotion / methods
  • Herbal Medicine / standards*
  • Humans
  • Parents / education*
  • Professional-Family Relations*
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care
  • United States