More North American Kids Get Alternative Medicine
Complementary and alternative medicine, known as CAM, is becoming more common among children in North America, especially those with chronic medical conditions. A study published in the February 2013 issue of Pediatrics that compared the use of CAM therapies between specialty clinics in two Canadian children's hospitals reported these findings:
- Massage, aromatherapy and relaxation were the most common practices used.
- Many children used therapies such as vitamins and minerals, homeopathic medicines and herbal remedies.
- Almost half of all patients reported using CAM, along with conventional medical care.
- More than half of all patients reported concurrent use of CAM with prescription drugs.
- The majority of parents felt comfortable using CAM therapies.
- Parents would like more information from their clinic or hospital about the risks and benefits.
Study authors concluded that there is a need for more research and safety data and greater training for pediatricians about the safety and effectiveness of CAM therapies. Learn more at pediatrics.aappublications.org.