Skagit Whole Health Center

Specialty: Pediatric Acupuncture

pediatricHave you found yourself talking with another parent, sharing medical histories of your children’s ear infections or inability to control quick onsets of fevers? It seems like the antibiotics aren’t solving the problem, and maybe the pediatrician isn’t too sure what to do either. Now you’re getting worried. This is a great time to try pediatric acupuncture!

Pediatric care is one of the oldest specialties in Chinese medicine. The physiology of a child is different from that of an adult, and young people need specialized care. A young person’s body is constantly changing and a child’s organ systems are immature and delicate. Chinese medicine helps ease many of the physical, emotional, and psychological difficulties associated with development by restoring balance throughout this journey.

Chinese medicine uses acupuncture, acupressure, massage, herbs, nutrition and lifestyle therapies to treat a variety of conditions; it helps prevent the development of diseases in the future.

The use of acupuncture for children is dependent on the severity of the condition and age of the child. Pediatric treatments are brief, lasting a few seconds to one minute, and younger children remain seated on their parent’s lap for treatment. Unlike adult acupuncture, children do not have to sit still, as the needles are not retained. For young children, acupressure or Chinese massage is more appropriate.

Chinese diet therapy is an important component in the treatment of childhood ailments and is discussed with the parent(s) as part of every treatment.

Conditions like asthma, food, eczema, obesity, diabetes, ADD and ADHD are rising among children. This is likely due to the environment and increased stress that children endure today. Correcting imbalances at a young age promotes well-being and prevents further health issues in adulthood. Chinese medicine is a safe, drug-free, holistic and curative approach to promoting your child’s wellness.

Common Pediatric Conditions Treated with Chinese Medicine:

  • Digestive Disorders – Abdominal Pain, Candida, Colic, Constipation, Diarrhea, Food Allergies, Thrush, Teething, Vomiting
  • Respitory Issues – Allergies / Hay Fever, Asthma, Bronchitis, Cough, Fevers, Colds / Flu, Laryngitis, Pnemonia, Sinusitis
  • Infectious Diseases – Ear Infections, Chicken Pox, Conjunctivitis, Immunizations and its Side Effects, Impetigo, Measles, Tonsillitis, Urinary Tract Infections and Urethritis
  • Sleep Disorders – Bedwetting, Insomnia and Night Terrors, Lethargy, Sleepwalking
  • Dermatological Conditions – Athlete’s Foot, Dermatitis, Eczema, Psoriasis
  • Behavioral Conditions – ADD and Hyperactivity, Anxiety, Autism, Bipolar, Depression, Exam Nerves, Learning Disabilities, Loss of Appetite
  • Other Conditions – Cerebral Palsy, Delayed Develpoment, Down Syndrome, Healing from’ Surgery, Juvenile Diabetes, Sports or Traumatic Injury, Support with Cancer treatment