Avoid these herbs with babies:
Ma Huang (Ephedra): dangerous for both babies and adults as it can raise blood pressure, and cause heart problems or stroke. May be found in decongestants.
Echinacea: if baby is allergic to ragweed, avoid echinacea as it is from the same plant family.
Goldenseal: Avoid with a newborn. Many newborns are jaundiced (they are not able to process bilirubin, a by-products of red blood cells). A component of goldenseal may cause bilirubin to leak into brain tissue, causing brain damage. Parents April/99