Complementary meds for kids: Parents not consulting with doctors

This study result is a bit disturbing. It suggests parents are more readily seeking out alt med for kids but aren’t informed by a real medical expert, their doctor.

More kids taking alternative therapies, but doctors rarely told: study | CTV News.

A growing number of Canadian children with chronic illnesses are being treated with complementary medicine, researchers say, but parents don’t always tell doctors they are using the alternative therapies.

Yet informing health-care providers about vitamins, herbal and homeopathic remedies is important because in some cases they can adversely interact with traditional medications, the researchers say.

In a survey of parents having their children treated at two Canadian pediatric hospitals, researchers found that alternative medicines and such therapies as massage and chiropractic were commonly used.

Here is another story from Medscape: Complementary Medicine: Parents Want More Information

The research is published in the journal Pediatrics. It is suggested that parents don’t tell the primary physician about the alternative treatments because they don’t feel it’s important or they don’t want to hear that the doctor may not approve. This is a problem! Physicians would be the perfect source to talk about these treatments, possibly informing parents they can actually be harmful or at the very least, a waste a money.

As the article mentions, the best action would be for pediatricians to ASK if any of these treatments are used. The same goes for family doctors and adults. Perhaps if doctors received this information, they really CAN treat the whole patient. And there would be less demand for useless or harmful complementary therapies.

  1 comment for “Complementary meds for kids: Parents not consulting with doctors

  1. J
    January 14, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    This is so interestingly strange. It’s like the parents are too embarassed to go to a real doctor and accept something they know little about and instead prefer to seek another solution, as if two separate solutions to the same problem have equal consequences, so their alternative is more an effort to make them feel effective or better than emotionless treatment.
    I also wonder if there is a pleasure in going against the establishment, so to speak, by refusing modern medical care, and so seek to prove they they “know better”?
    Perhaps also it’s that these parents are so desperate to feel or appear knowledgeable that they’ll forego real medicine to the point that they take advantage of their own child’s implicit trust in the process just for the acknowledgement.
    So very, very curious.

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