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What should I know before my child uses carnitine?

You should consult your health-care provider before giving your child carnitine supplements. Experts say that carnitine should only be used in babies and children if a deficiency is present, so the doctor will want to confirm that your child has a deficiency of this amino acid. It can cause side effects like stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhea, and it can interact with a number of different medications.

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