Megadoses for Kids




Please note: ANDREW SAUL IS NOT A PHYSICIAN. Yes, he has worked with physicians for decades; he has coauthored a number of books with physicians; he has lectured at many medical conferences; he has taught future physicians; perhaps he even looks like a physician. But he is not, and please consult YOUR OWN physician before you make your health decisions.

After reading the account of a sick baby that needed 20,000 milligrams of vitamin C to get well ( ), many have asked, "Exactly how do you get that much vitamin C into a baby?"


As an alumnus of the Mary Poppins School of Medicine, let me say that the answer is sugar.


Yes, sugar, that universal bane of health writers. Sweet, sweet sugar is the way to get little kids to take tons of sour, sour ascorbic acid. Of course, you can simply use children's chewable vitamin C. Many kinds are really delicious, but they are pricey. Pure ascorbic acid dissolved in sugar water is the cheapest "solution" to the flu problem that there is.


Now I am not suggesting that you gorge your offspring on sugar. I'm simply a realist. This is cheap, and it works. And it works with sick kids at three AM. If you put vitamin C powder in really sweet natural fruit juice, that often does the trick, too. (Vitamin C powder is available at most health food stores. An internet search will find numerous places where you may be able to buy it cheaper.)


BIG HINT: Dose depends on need. The sicker the child, the higher the dose. If you search this website for “vitamin C” from the main page “Search” box, you will learn more about this. You will definitely want to read the articles by Dr. Lendon Smith, Dr. Robert Cathcart and Dr. Frederick Klenner.


BIG HINT: Remember to put ALL the C in just SOME of the juice. A child is more apt to down a small amount because it looks easy. My older brother tried to teach me how to ride a bicycle by putting me on his. It did not work because I was afraid of being up too high. At a playground one day, I borrowed a little kid's tiny two-wheeler, and taught myself to ride it in 5 minutes. Later, I could ride my brother's big bike just fine.


BIG HINT: Use a sweet “chaser” drink to kill the sour taste. So put all the C in a small volume of sweetened liquid, and after it's gone down the hatch, immediately have on hand a "chaser" of sweet, sweet juice. Reward their tastebuds for bravely taking their C powder, and by golly they will keep doing it. For especially tricky kids, offering a tasty dessert food (such as a mouthful of ice cream or a big bite of cake) for a chaser makes it a lot less likely to come back up at you. Your children will correctly see this as the bribe it is. Just a spoonful of pastry helps the vitamins go down. . . and stay down.


BIG HINT: Think big, even in little people. Remember: it takes a huge amount of vitamin C to act as an antiviral, antibiotic, antitoxin, or antihistamine. Expect to have to use as much as 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C per pound of baby. You may very well get cure with less, but what works is what works.


BIG HINT: Do yourself and your children a favor and consult these helpful resources:

Dr. Klenner's Clinical Guide to the Use of Vitamin C is now posted in its entirety at"
The complete text of Irwin Stone's book The Healing Factor is now posted for free reading at

BIG HINT: You can either use enough, or have a sick kid. I made my decision nearly forty years ago. My children were raised all the way into college and never once had a single dose of any antiviral or antibiotic. Of course they got sick sometimes. But it's how they got well that counts: we used vitamin C, and plenty of it.


BIG HINT: Buffer to reduce acidity. To comfort especially sensitive tummies, buffer any excess acidity with any combination of calcium, food and liquid. You can also buy non-acidic vitamin C. This is especially tooth-friendly, and essential in purchasing chewables. Whether it's chewables or powder, non-acidic or not, get the child in the habit of rinsing their mouth with water after each dose regardless. Vitamin C is about as acidic as a cola soft drink. Rinse after either.




That's many a person's first concern when presented with the idea of enormous vitamin C doses. And, you're right: there is indeed a safety issue, and here it is:


Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is safer than any medication on the market. Period.

Read more about vitamin safety at and


BIGGEST HINT OF ALL: Bowel tolerance (loose stool) indicates saturation of vitamin C. "Loose stool" is NOT diarrhea. No one wants diarrhea. "Loose stool" means a mild laxative effect. Right about when junior is on the pot, the coughing and sneezing will be gone. See for yourself.


Copyright 2019, 2012, 2001 and previous years Andrew W. Saul.

Andrew Saul is the author of the books FIRE YOUR DOCTOR! How to be Independently Healthy (reader reviews at ) and DOCTOR YOURSELF: Natural Healing that Works. (reviewed at )

Andrew W. Saul


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