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Children's Use of Herbal Remedies Up

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Apr 20, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A pediatrician says parents in the United States are increasingly likely to give their young children dietary supplements.

Dr. Kathi J. Kemper of Brenner Children's Hospital says a survey of 145 families found 45 percent reported giving children herbal products with more than half of young children and 30 percent of teenagers receiving supplements. She says children with medical problems were more likely to be given them.

Kemper said less than half of those who gave their children supplements reported they discussed them with their doctors. Many adults were unaware of side effects and more than half did not realize they could cause problems when taken with other medication.

The study was published in the April issue of Pediatric Annals.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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