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Herbal supplement debate: Should they be given to kids?

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

When it comes to dietary supplements and herbal remedies for kids, one hospital is telling parents "don't do it."

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has removed most dietary supplements from its list of approved medications, saying, "Because vitamins and dietary supplements are essentially unregulated, there is no sound information about adverse side effects, drug interactions, or even standard dosing for the vast majority of them."

The Director of the Center for Herbal Medicine Research at the University of Chicago told us the same thing: "The subject is very simple: not recommended to give children herbal medicines - no supporting data."

But there's another side. Registered herbalist Seanna Tully of Whole Health Chicago says herbal remedies can be given to kids. She joins FOX 32 to share her viewpoint.

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