Homeopathy for Children


One of the top worries among parents is that their children will get sick, and when the winter flu and cold season hits, illnesses can pop up more frequently.

Yet over-the-counter children’s products on the market have received mixed reviews, including the negative publicity surrounding children’s cold and cough medicines when the Food and Drug Administration raised a red flag about the use of these products in children. Warnings such as this one likely cause concern and confusion among parents about what they can give to their children to treat illness safely and effectively.

Good News!

Homeopathic medicines offer parents safer option. In fact, homeopathic medicines are one of the safest choices for self-treatment. Why? These medicines

  • do not contain any of the ingredients under question for use in children
  • do not cause drowsiness or jitteriness in children
  • have no known interactions with other medication
  • don’t mask symptoms (allowing doctors and patients to easily detect and respond to symptoms of serious illnesses should they arise), and
  • are not body-mass dependent (so there’s no need to give more or less medicine depending on body weight)

Boiron’s New Medicines

For 65 years, families around the world have relied on Oscillococcinum to relieve flu-like symptoms. Now parents can find Children’s Oscillococcinum and Children’s ColdCalm for colds in the kid’s aisle along with Children’s Chestal cough syrup.

Each of these products contains active ingredients that are microdoses of natural ingredients. They don’t contain any of the ingredients called into question by the FDA for use in children.

Parent-Friendly Products

All of Boiron’s products are regulated as drugs by the FDA1 and are clearly labeled for specific indications, making directions easy for parents to understand. And, they are manufactured according to the highest standards.

Parents can quickly and affordably pick up these over-the-counter medicines without a prescription in the children’s aisle or in the cough, cold and flu section of health food stores and independent pharmacies nationwide.

In today’s busy world, parents have a lot of concerns on their minds. Flu and cold medicines for their children shouldn’t be on that list.

1. Drug Products Labeled as Homeopathic: Guidance for FDA Staff and Industry (revised draft). U.S. Food and Drug Administration. October 2019. Available at: