Alternative Medication is Less Suitable for Children


sick childChildren can not make their own decisions to treat themselves when they are sick. Parents are very influential and in control of choosing what treatment should be used for their children.

In many countries most of the parents will choose alternative medication to cure their sick children.

But the latest study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, states that many alternative treatments are less suitable to be given to children.

According to BBC News, when parents find that the alternative drugs given are not effective, parents will then turn to the medical drugs but still uses alternative drugs.

Unfortunately, alternative treatments are often mutually incompatible with conventional medicine. As a result when given medical drugs, it became toxic to the body of the child.

Parents think alternative medications are more natural and have less side effects than medical drugs. But according to the Australian Paediatric Surveillance reports between 2001 and 2003, as many as two thirds of alternative treatment on children were fatal.

Serious diseases it is too late to treat because their parents prefer alternative medication first. For example children who have blood clotting problems mostly cannot be treated with alternative medicine.

Other disease is constipation, diabetes or cerebral palsy which are all also not suitable to be treated with alternative medicines.

Edzard Ernst, Professor of Complementary Medicine at Exeter University, said all treatments, including alternative medicine, have side effects. And children are a sensitive group, so dosage and timing must be absolutely correct to avoid side effects.