It seems more and more parents are looking for safe and effective ways to enhance their children’s health.
Dr. Kathi Kemper, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics section for complementary and integrative medicine and a professor of pediatrics at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. says that the lines separating the therapies considered mainstream from those considered alternative are constantly shifting.
Dr Kemper has been looking at what therapies and products parents are utilising in addition to or outside of mainstream medicine.
For example in this report they looked at how physicians are encouraging the use of fish oil for ADD symptoms. “They included fish oil in this survey, but I’ve been asking psychiatrists if they use fish oil and it looks like 80 percent of psychiatrists are recommending it, as are cardiologists,” Dr. Kemper said.
The chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics section for complementary and integrative medicine also added that “massage for newborns, hypnosis and acupuncture for pain are also going mainstream.”