Alternative Medical Options For Children and Infants: Are They Right For Your Child?

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Alternative treatments are becoming more and more popular as a choice over traditional medicine, even for the care of children and even babies.  If you are considering holistic health practices or other alternatives, it’s good to be aware of the pros and the cons before doing so.  Here are some things that may help you as you weigh the options.

Many people, these days, are seeking alternative solutions to traditional medical resources because of their distrust in mainstream medicine as well as the hospitals and doctors of such.  Why?  Well, statistics show that every year, 250,000 deaths are actually due to errors made in the medical field.  Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States.  The figures are alarming and many mothers are taking steps which they hope to prevent such a thing from happening to their child.

Of the parents who are seeking alternative treatments, many are doing so strictly for more minor things such as tummy aches, teething and so forth.  A good number say that if there was a more serious ailment such as a broken bone, disease or cancer, they would at least consider traditional medical measures.  Still others feel a serious illness is when they certainly would not depend on traditional medicine.  When traditional is used along with alternative it is referred to as complementary medicine.

Herbal remedies, like teas and tonics, have been used for adults and children alike for centuries.  Peppermint is said to soothe an upset tummy.  Chamomile tea is used in a diluted form for sleeplessness, as an immune booster and even for colic in infants.

Essential oils are the hottest thing in the holistic realm.  Lilac and lavender are said to be soothing for young and old alike.  Eucalyptus helps to unstop stuffy noses.  Essential oils can be blotted on to a cotton ball or used with an infuser or diffuser.

Chiropractic care for youngsters is another big deal right now.  Just the thought may make you cringe but it’s not as dramatic as it sounds.  It is usually applied very lightly and of course, painlessly.  One reason chiropractic might be sought is for a dislocation.  Another is to adjust what trauma occurred during childbirth.  Some seek chiropractic care for issues such as ear aches and are firm believers that it works and does so without medicine.

Acupuncture and acupressure for children and babies are becoming more and more popular too.  Generally, acupressure is the choice over acupuncture because it uses pressure points rather than needles which, as you can imagine, may frighten young children.  Acupuncture and acupressure are used to treat food and environmental allergies, immune deficiencies and other issues too.  Sometimes kinesiology is used along with these methods in which case, a parent is often used as a surrogate for testing while holding the child.

Motherhood is full of difficult choices and whether to go the alternative, traditional or complementary route is indeed one of the toughest decisions you will need to make.  But if you fill your head with all the credible information you can and weigh it all out, you will no doubt be see your individual situation clearly and make wise choices accordingly.