Complementary and Alternative Medicines for Your Child

Homeopathic medicationPossible Risks Associated with CAM

As previously stated, there has not yet been a lot of conclusive research regarding CAM, yet alone its effects on children. For this reason, it is a parent’s judgment call to decide if this is the best avenue for their child. Possible risks to consider are:

  • parents tend to think “natural” is better when, in fact, some treatments may cause more damage if the wrong one is chosen;
  • herbal remedies are not FDA regulated and are not required to be consistent, so some may cause liver damage, allergic reactions, or high blood pressure;
  • parents may give their children more than the recommended dosage because of their misconceptions about natural drugs, but they fail to realize that even natural plant extracts contain potent chemicals;
  • CAM treatments may give a false sense of security and thus have the potential to delay or even stop traditional treatments; and
  • because no organization monitors practitioners, they could very well be anyone, certified or not.

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Despite the risks, a 2007 National Health Interview survey found the most frequently used CAM treatments were herbs or botanicals, and osteopathic or chiropractic manipulations. These treatments have been used on children for neck and back pain, head or chest colds, anxiety and stress, ADHD, musculoskeletal problems, and insomnia.

When deciding if CAM treatments are best for your child, be sure to thoroughly research the treatment and clear it with your child’s doctor, before starting a regimen.

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9 comments

  1. LIZ says:

    very important info tnx

  2. gfeld says:

    Some people take alternative medicine too far though. They forget that its their child and they are responsible whatever will happen if it takes a wrong turn, heaven forbid. Then they may regret it, so why risk it to begin with?

  3. EbyMom says:

    I believe there is nothing wrong with traditional medicine just check the ones you give your little ones that is all. Doctors visits is also important to keep them safe.

  4. Tola says:

    I think CAM has its place, you just have to do your research and be well informed. Before modern medicine, there was traditional medicine….

  5. Destiny says:

    I have only taken my daughter to the dr once other than well visits. the well visits stopped before she was 6 months and i would not let them give her any shots. I had no experience with ear infections before that dr visit. now that i know what the problem is I know how to prevent/treat it at home. I have been learning herbal remedies on my own for years now and have a close group of people that I go to for consult. my daughter has never had another ear infection.

  6. For the most part I tend to go to the dr’s but there are a couple things I do that I think would classify in this section as being a CAM. I use essential oils for colds and constipation(I would use them for more things but I haven’t had the opportunity to buy any more). I also use massage on my baby when she isn’t feeling well. I believe reflexology and foot mapping are great for helping with certain symptoms and wish I knew how to do more than I do now so I could help my little one at a greater capacity

  7. Nat says:

    because so many CAM treatments can be found in your own back yard and don’t make drug companies big $$$ they will never have any testing done and hence the FDA can touch them…so these are really poor excuses to not try. Most drugs on the market started out as natural plant extracts that the drug companies “found” away to make synthetically so they can patent them to make big money. Yes plants can have strong compounds in them but if everybody was taught to respect the power in nature as past civilizations did this would be less of an issue. Even your everyday natural whole foods are very capable of healing, the saying “you are what you eat” is very true, and there are many studies that prove that!

    • Agreed, “you are what you eat”. I often wonder why it is popular to treat ailments with questionable, synthetic ingredients.

      • gfeld says:

        Sure thing! Well said. I would try natural if possible at first. If there is no improvement then I would turn to traditional meds. My dr also likes alternative natural methods of healing which is great. Most drs won’t stand for them.

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