How to Determine the Dosage of Herbal Medicine for Children

Stacelynn Caughlan Cl.N. C.H.

Following are some handy guidelines when trying to determine child appropriate dosages. Be sure to check with your practitioner when administering herbs to your child though, you want to make sure you are doing so appropriately!

When Adult Dose is 1 cup:
Younger than 2 years 1-2 teaspoons
2-4 years 1 tablespoon
4-7 years 1/8 cup
7-11 years 1/4 cup


When Adult Dose is 1 teaspoon (5 ml) or 60 drops (tinctures)
Younger then 3 months 2
3-6 months 3
6-9 months 4
9-12 months 5
12-18 months 7
18-24 months 8
2-3 years 10
3-4 years 12
4-6 years 15
6-9 years 24
9-12 years 30

Help the Medicine go Down – Helping Children take herbal medicine

  • Add teas to baths
  • Mix tinctures or glycerites with honey, molasses, maple syrup, apple juice concentrate
  • Use an oral syringe to bypass taste buds. Practice with juice or water ahead of time so that they enjoy the novelty of it.
  • Get older children to chase their medicine with juice or other favorite drink
Stacelynn Caughlan is a Clinical Nutritionist and Certified Herbalist who specializes in Prenatal and Pediatric Health.