A is for Acupuncture by siminikid


									A is for Acupuncture
Is your baby's colic, crying, or poor appetite making you consider a trip to the acupuncturist? All
in all, it may be A-OK...

The Scoop

Some alternative-minded mamas swear by acupuncture for their little ones, with babies as young
as 6 weeks old routinely "put under the needle" as a way to help with such issues as colic or poor
appetite. Putting aside the question of whether or not acupuncture really works for small
children, researchers are first asking, is it safe?

It's not for everyone, that's for sure. But when it comes to harmful side effects, acupuncture
doesn't appear harmful for small children, says Canadian researchers. In a study of 1,400
children treated with acupuncture, just 168 experienced a mild adverse reaction, such as crying
or pain, and only 25 experienced more serious side effects.

"In trained hands, acupuncture seems safe in children," says the study's senior author, Dr. Sunita
Vohra, a professor in the department of pediatrics at the University of Alberta in Canada.

Your Baby

Needles and babies? For most, these two things just don't seem like a good match, but experts
say the Eastern medicine practice has a growing fan base of parents in both the US and Canada.
If you are curious about what benefits acupuncture may offer your baby, the big "must," says
experts, is to make sure the acupuncturist you pick is trained and experienced to work with
children. In the US, requirements vary by state, although most require that acupuncturists be
licensed. (In Canada, acupuncture is regulated in a standard fashion and acupuncturists have to
have specific training.) You should also talk over your plans with your child's regular

And if you just can't stomach the thought of needles? According to at least one expert, it's not
required to do needle insertions on children younger than 11 years old. Instead, acupuncture
practitioners can use something that looks like a "spiky rolling pin" as a way to put pressure on

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