Can my child take carnitine?

Carnitine may be safe for infants and children whose bodies cannot naturally make enough of this substance. While in the hospital, some premature infants may be given an intravenous infusion of medication that contains carnitine, in the form of L-carnitine. (Other forms of carnitine, specifically acetyl-L-carnitine and propionyl-L-carnitine, are rarely given to children.)

Children with certain medical conditions may also need additional carnitine. If you have reason to believe your child could benefit from carnitine, talk with his pediatrician.

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