Elderberry Syrup for Babies: Is it safe?
The fruit of the elder tree, elderberries, have been used for centuries in traditional folk medicine. They are renowned for their antioxidant properties and may help strengthen the immune system.*
Elderberries are a natural remedy, which attracts many who do not want to take chemical-laden medicines and products for immune support. This is also why many parents may want to give elderberry syrup to their babies.
The question on parents' minds is most likely, is elderberry safe for babies?
Elderberry Syrup Benefits
Elderberry syrup has a lot of great benefits. It is high in vitamin C and antioxidants called anthocyanins. In fact, elderberries have some of the highest concentrations of antioxidants among the berries, including higher concentrations than cranberries and blueberries.
Antioxidants are thought to work within the body to neutralize free radicals, the unstable molecules that can damage cells, proteins, and even DNA. Free radicals are linked to diseases and possibly even aging.
The body produces antioxidants on its own but not enough to combat all the free radicals roaming around. This is why it’s important to get antioxidants through a healthy diet full of colorful fruits and vegetables.
Elderberries get their dark purple color from the anthocyanins they contain. Typically, the higher the concentration of these antioxidants, the darker the fruit. As antioxidants neutralize free radicals in the body, they may help build a stronger immune system.*
Is Elderberry Syrup Safe for Babies?
Elderberry syrup may be a safe option for kids and even babies over 2 years old to help them build healthy immune systems.* But what about babies under 2?
Sambucol Infant Drops are specially designed for babies as young as 6 months old so your child can start getting the immune support* benefits of black elderberry earlier. Consult with your doctor if you have any concerns, especially if your child has any underlying conditions or are immunocompromised.
It’s also very important to look for elderberry syrup products from reputable sources. Sambucol Black Elderberry was developed by a world-renowned virologist after years of research.
Sambucol’s proprietary formulation and extraction process was developed to preserve and maximize the naturally occurring immunity benefits of the black elderberry. Only Sambucol can guarantee consistent, immune supporting* properties in every serving.
Sambucol makes syrups specifically formulated for kids and infants. Sambucol Black Elderberry Syrup for Kids is not suitable for kids under 2 years old, but Sambucol Infant Drops are specially formulated for babies 6 months of age and older.
The stuff we keep out of Sambucol Infant Drops is what makes our product especially beneficial. That means:
- No artificial flavors or colors
- No artificial sweeteners
- Gluten, soy, dairy, nut and egg free
- Vegan and vegetarian product
- Only 5 ingredients
Never give your baby or child raw elderberries or anything made from the elder plant’s leaves, bark or flowers as these can be poisonous.
Make sure you choose elderberry syrups without honey for your baby. Honey contains bacteria that may be harmful to babies under 1.
Elderberry Syrup Recipes for Babies and Toddlers
Adding elderberry syrup to your baby or toddler’s diet is easier than it sounds. Sambucol Infant Drops can be dispensed right into your baby’s mouth or mixed in with water or juice. The infant drops come with an easy to use dropper to make giving the right amount of elderberry fast and easy.
Sambucol Elderberry Syrup for Kids is delicious on its own, and if your toddler doesn’t mind drinking syrup straight from a 1 teaspoon cup, it’s that simple!
If it’s a challenge to get your toddler to drink syrups, you can add our black elderberry syrup to their food and water. Sambucol is easily added to smoothies or mixed in with mashed fruit or yogurt. You can even add it to a sippy cup of water for a healthy and delicious fruit juice.
Visit our blog for more recipe ideas for toddlers, kids, and adults alike.
Elderberry is Immune Support for the Whole Family
The powerful antioxidants in black elderberries make this sweet and tangy fruit the perfect way to add immune supporting* benefits to your whole family’s routine. Elderberry syrup can be used every day for year-round immune support.*
Sambucol offers products like elderberry gummies for kids, drink powders for immune support on the go, effervescent tablets, and now infant drops so the whole family will enjoy their daily dose of black elderberry.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.