Acupuncture for children has surprising advantages, one of which it has no side effects. It is an effective treatment for many common childhood conditions. Increasingly more parents are turning into acupuncture as an efficient and necessary method to restore and maintain their children’s overall health.
Each treatment is unique and tailored to the child’s age, current condition, and comfort with treatment. In my practice I have been fortunate enough to treat newborns, as well as toddlers, preschoolers, elementary aged kids, preteens and teens. For babies and young children. I do not use needles, but rather needle-less acupuncture technique. Typically by age 7 or 8, kids tolerate needles well. I always work with the child to find the best form of treatment for them.
Acupuncture for kids is painless, needles used are very fine they are about the size of a strand of hair. For young children a rapid needling technique is used, where the needle is inserted and immediately taken out. Babies and children do not have to sit still for more than a few seconds at a time.
When it comes to treating potential lifelong ailments it is important to treat early on in life, making them more manageable and reducing the risk of it leading to greater problems down the road, giving your child a greater opportunity to grow into a healthy adult. Preventative treatment can be administered once a month to ensure proper immune function and prevent any lingering ailment from turning into chronic problems.
Acupuncture is a complementary therapy, it does not replace conventional medicine. It cannot treat everything; If you have asthma, you still need your asthma medication. For more cases It is a great addition to conventional medical treatment, to reduce pharmaceutical side effects and speed up recovery.