What Alternative Treatments Can Be Used for Kids?

Parents would be correct in being careful about any treatments that they use for their kids, and the wide arrays of treatment options available can prove confusing.  Are alternative treatments suitable for kids, and if so which are the alternative treatments that should be used?

The argument is made by Dr. Lawrence Rosen, a pediatrician and chairman, the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Complementary and Integrative Medicine, that as compared with the adverse reactions reported for using conventional medicine, the adverse reactions reported in connection with complementary medicine are minuscule.

The most commonly used alternative therapies for kids are –

  • Valerian and lemon balm for treating insomnia
  • Echinacea can help prevent colds
  • Probiotics (friendly bacteria found in yoghurt and so on) to cure diarrhea
  • Xylitol can help to prevent ear infections
  • Fatty acids found in fish, nuts and other foods, and Vitamin D are useful for a host of healthy bodily functions
  • Chiropractic manipulation
  • Deep breathing exercises
  • Yoga

Nearly 4% of the population uses products such as combination herb pill, Echinacea, fish oil/omega 3/DHA, flaxseed oil or pills and prebiotics and probiotics.


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