Safe Alternative meds for a Child

Following Alternative medicines suggested safe for children with some unusual symptoms. Although, following therapies are being well studied and practiced by few Paediatricians; it still may need a further study and / or consultancy from a well-qualified professional of Medicine prior to any direct use.

1. Probiotics for diarrhoea

"These are incredibly safe," Rindfleisch says. "We’ve even used them on preemies with gastrointestinal issues."

He recommends finding a probiotic designed especially for children, adding that kids who are severely immune-compromised, such as those with end-stage HIV, shouldn’t take them.

The Web site for the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, or CAHCIM, has information about using alternative medicine to treat diarrhea.

2. Chamomile tea for colic

In many cultures, from the Middle East to Latin America, parents give chamomile tea to their cranky babies. "What that tells me is that over thousands of years, people have figured out that it works," says Dr. Sandy Newmark, who’s on the faculty at the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.

Newmark recommends steeping a teaspoon of dried chamomile, or a tablespoon of fresh, in hot water for five to 10 minutes. Cool it off and then give the baby a half an ounce to an ounce every few hours in a bottle, spoon or medicine dropper.

For other information on treating colic with alternative medicine, go to CAHCIM’s site.

3. St. John’s wort for mild to moderate depression

When her teenage patients get depressed, Cora Collette Breuner sometimes suggests they take the herb St. John’s wort. She recommends 300 milligrams three times a day for teenagers. Breuner, an associate professor of pediatrics and adolescent medicine, says the herb should not be used for depression for children under 13.

The CAHCIM Web site has more information about alternative medicine and depression.

4. Fish oil for eczema

Omega-three fatty acids, which are found in fish oil, have an anti-inflammatory effect, which can help with eczema. Rindfleisch recommends starting with 500 milligrams to 1 gram per day.

5. Fish oil for asthma

Newmark says a brand made especially for children will recommend the right dosage on the label.

The most important thing, the experts agree, is to find a doctor who is open to and knowlegeable about alternative medicine. As Kruse-Field found out, that’s not always easy to do.


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