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Thursday, May 6

Alternative Medicine – Is It Good for Your Baby?

Alternative Medicine – Is It Good for Your Baby?

What could be worse than hearing your baby crying in pain because they have an ear infection? It can just break your heart, especially if you already took your child to the family physician and the medicine they prescribed just doesn’t seem to be working.

So what do you do? Go online and search for alternative treatments? Nowadays that’s what a heck of a lot of people are doing.  And, as far as ear infection treatments are concerned, there are plenty of alternative approaches available, the most popular being chiropractic adjustments and homeopathic treatments.

But should you risk the using alternative ear infection treatments for your baby? The renowned Mayo Clinic staff says “no”. Here’s a synopsis of what they say.

Both homeopathy as well as chiropractic care therapies have been studied and the results have been mixed and it isn’t really clear whether or not there is any actual benefit to these treatments.

And many homeopathic products are not even monitored by the Food and Drug Administration
However, if you feel that you would like to further investigate alternative treatments for your child’s ear infection there are a number of things you should do first in order to ensure that you will not make the situation any worse or bring them any harm.

First, find out everything you can about the treatments. Find out everything that will be involved and make sure you know what the potential benefits are, along with any potential side effects.

Next, find out the cost. Not all alternative treatments are covered by medical insurance, so you don’t want to have to pay a bill unexpectedly.
Of course you will want to ensure that the alternative medicine advocates have the proper credentials.

And always consult with your doctor before starting to use any alternative treatment. That’s because the treatments can negatively interact with some of the medicines your child is now taking.

Thank you, Nancy Smithson, our guest blogger, for writing this post.  Nancy works in the crib bedding industry and promotes Caden Lane baby bedding for www.BabyAuthority.com

2 comments:

Monkey Mae on May 6, 2010 at 12:51 PM said...

Great post. My husband is a chiro and has had amazing success with ear infections. So far, Monkey Mae hasn't had any and her ped tells us kids of chiro's usually don't have many. Interesting, huh?

Michelle @ Flying Giggles on May 6, 2010 at 2:48 PM said...

We had major success with my daughters' ear infections using alternative medicine. After having both of them in and out of the doctor's office almost every week, I began searching for an alternative. My daughter's physician was amazed with the results and suggested I continue giving my daughters the alternative treatments.