Journal reference: Taylor JA, Webber W, Standish L, Quinn H, Goesling J, McGann M, Calabrese C. Efficacy and safety of echinacea in treating upper respiratory tract infections in children: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA 2003; 290(21): 2824-2830
Published: 3 December 2003
|Echinacea does not appear to be an effective treatment for the common cold in children.
Side-effects (such as rash and allergic reactions) can occur and the UK regulatory body (MHRA) recommends against its use in children under 12 years.