Complementary Health for Children


Is complementary medicine suitable for children?

Complementary medicine includes many different therapies and disciplines, most of which are very suitable for children because they do not carry the side effects that conventional medicines have.
Most childrens complaints and health problems can benefit from a complementary therapy. Some examples are given below:

Nutritional Supplementation
Even if your child will eat Brussels sprouts for you there is considerable evidence that the way in which they are grown and stored will mean they are deficient in the essential vitamins and minerals necessary for healthy growth. You do however need to be aware of the quality of supplements and herbs you buy!
Check they have a standard minimum assay on the label - this means that each batch has been tested to include the necessary ingredients!
Hopi Ear therapy
A gentle non -invasive therapy to assist and support glue ear conditions.
Helpful for many physical conditions like asthma, which is increasing in school children today.
Bach Flower Remedies
Children show their emotions through their behaviour - Bach Flower Remedies are gentle enough to use with babies yet powerful enough to be used in certain schools with disruptive and hyperactive pupils. Very supportive for children with emotional based problems.
Some essential oils are very helpful even with young babies, chamomile and lavender may help a child with sleep problems for example.
Spiritual Healing
Beneficial to all conditions and all age groups for all problems.
Can be very suitable for children with stresses, fears and phobias.
Can be beneficial in relieving painful conditions.
Homoeopathic formulas for children who may have been vaccine damaged or with other physical and emotional problems. Also ideal for birthing harmony.
Can benefit specific types of conditions, such as gastric upsets, skin conditions like eczema for example.

These suggestions are just examples and you are advised to discuss any childs problems with a fully qualified therapist who can point you in the right direction. As stated, most therapies will benefit most children but some useful questions to ask of your therapist are:

  • What experience have you had with working with this particular condition in children?
  • What I can I do to help my child myself?
  • How do you monitor improvements?
  • What is the recommended treatment programme and how long will we have to follow it for?

    Your complementary healthcare practitioner should ask if you have referred your child to a doctor and suggest liaising with your medical practitioner.
    Article by: Linda Porter B.A, Cert.Ed, M.S.GH, B.F.R.P,M.A.T.C.A, A.B.P, BCMA reg.
    Consultant, Lecturer, Therapist and Author in Complementary Health Care.
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