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Is Stevia Safe For Infants
Not lactaid...: Babies under a year should be fed either breastmilk or formula. There are several formulas that do not contain lactose. If the child does not tolerated a milk based formula, you can try a soy formula or a formula such as alimentum or nutramigen. If you are breastfeeding, you can try removing dairy from your diet. Always discuss changes in formula with your baby's pediatrician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Quercetin: This is a plant flavonoid that is found as a supplement. It's touted uses are for allergies and prostate health. There are really no studies at all in children yet as to whether it works and certainly none to its safety, so very difficult to answer your question. Lots of studies are ongoing in mice and adults as to whether it works and how, but no advice on kids use yet. ...Read more
Probably, but...: Congaplex probably will not cause harm, but I do not see any dosing recommendations for small children. Unfortunately, with vitamins and supplements more is not always better so caution is advised. There are also numerous components that could be allergenic - thymus, kidney, adrenal gland, and wheat germ. So if you choose to give it, I would watch closely for a reaction. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There are some: Cetirizine and Loratadine are 2 considered relatively safe during pregnancy and breast feeding. Thorough studies have not been done in humans (no volunteers!) so they cannot be considered completely safe. Very small amounts get into breast milk and what ever gets absorbed gets metabolized by the infant's liver before circulating. So not much left. There are also prescribed for young children ...Read more
No, and unnecessary : Avoid teeth pain products for children, especially those under two. They are both dangerous and unnecessary. Except for very rare cases, infant teething pain is normal. Give them a cold teething ring or a dampened, frozen washcloth to chew on instead. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
See below: I just looked at the ingredients in the products, and they are safe. ...Read more
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No: None of the herbalife products are approved for toddlers. The label clearly states to be used for persons 18 years or older. Not a good practice to start experimenting with your toddler specially when they can tell you how they feel allergic reactions in toddlers are pretty serious. ...Read more
Probably not: My understanding is this is a soap used for skin whitening. I would wonder why you would need or want to lighten your babies skin. In general, any herbal treatments are not safe in children as we do not know the effects it may have, good or bad. If you are concerned about your child's skin, please call your child's doctor. ...Read more
Is stevia safer than similar products at the grocery store? Is stevia from different companies very different, or the same?
Yes, but why?: It's safe, but why would you want to take it? Sugar actually has very few calories, and you shouldn't try to lose weight during pregnancy, so why take any artificial sweetener? Also stay away from supplements of any kind except as prescribed by your doctor. Be cautious until after delivery, you only get the one chance at this, and pregnancy isn't 100% safe to begin with. ...Read more
Are there any artificial/non-sugar sweeteners that are safe to use? I've read conflicting reports about the safety of Splenda, stevia, etc.
Amount-dependent: While they're presumed to be safe in small amounts, these artificial sweeteners have been found to be harmful (at least to lab animals) in really high amounts taken over long periods of time. The key is to minimize its use over the long term, doing without it when feasible. ...Read more
I've seen a lot of products in the store containing a plant-derived sweetener called stevia. How safe is it? Are there any side effects from its use?
Other than an aftertaste, it does not have side effects. However, do not expect using a sugar substitute to result in weight loss, unless you exercise and reduce caloric intake.
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
Is stevia safe if you're trying to get pregnant? I read that it was once used as a contraceptive?
Yes: The history of Stevia leaf dates back several centuries. It has mainly been used for diabetes, GI tract regulation, an anti-infective, energy, etc. I have not found that contraception was among historical uses. It is a plant based sweetener and therefore is much safer than chemically-based sweeteners. ...Read more
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I am 6 months pregnant and i was wondering if a chamomile tea containing valerian root, passionflower and stevia leaf extract is safe?
Why?: Why would you want to take anything when you're pregnant, especially when you don't know what's in the supplement you're ingesting. Play it safe, don't experiment on your baby. There are no supplements (except those ordered by your ob) that are good and safe in pregnancy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I want to use stevia,doctors here said its generally safe.But internet articles say it may affect reproductive ability/used as contraceptive.Confused?
Studies: there are two main studies that have dealt with this topic. Although they showed problems with conception, they both had significant flaws. We won't know for sure until better studies are done. Thus, it is likely safe in normal doses, but if you have any concerns then it is easily avoided. ...Read more
Is stevia, splenda, or nectresse (erythritol, sugar, monk fruit extract, molasses) or aspartame safe during pregnancy?
Generally yes: There is no specific problem w/aspartame in pregnancy according to the nih. It does not cross the placenta, and is not a risk to you unless you have phenylketonuria - a rare genetic disorder. However, it is always prudent to limit all meds, supplements and the like during pregnancy except as instructed by your ob>. ...Read more
I'm almost 26 weeks pregnant. I just discovered this drink called bai cocofusion. It's like a coconut water thing. It contains stevia. Is it safe?
No, but . . .: Stevia liquid 25% sounds like it is part stevia and part other things. Stevia is a sweetener made from the sweet species stevia rebaudiana. It is much sweeter than sugar, and does not add calories or carbohydrates to the food. Stevia is considered quite safe to use, but as with any non-regulated dietary supplement, dose/purity/side-effects/etc... May vary between brands and batches of product. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not really.: Stevia is a plant extract which is an artificial sweetener (food additive, not a medication). Using this to sweeten foods and drinks instead of sugar will make for less of a glucose elevation, but it is not an actual treatment. A 'treatment' for diabetes is a medication that actively lowers the blood sugar level. ...Read more
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