Herbal remedies containing echinacea used to combat colds and flu should not be taken by children under 12, the UK’s drugs watchdog has warned.
children are at risk of allergic reactions including life-threatening
anaphylactic shock, according to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.
It advised parents and carers not to use oral herbal products containing echinacea for children under 12.
Manufacturers will have to label
products with safety warnings in future. The move by the MHRA follows
precautionary advice from European and UK herbal medicine advisers that
the perceived benefits of echinacea in young children are outweighed by
the potential risks.
Source - Daily Mail