Writer suggests homeopathy for children may be a prudent course

Recent studies show that parents want alternatives to pharmaceutical drugs for their children’s illnesses. A Harvard Medical School study shows alternative therapies were used to treat nearly 9 million children (Birdee, et al., 2010).

A 2010 survey conducted by Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota shows 90 percent of parents want more information about alternative medicine for their children, 85 percent want to reduce their children’s dependence on drugs, 68 percent believe integrative treatment can be effective, and more than 75 percent believe hospitals should offer experts in both conventional and alternative treatments. Parents are right in wanting to avoid over-prescribing of prescription drugs for their families. Many over-the-counter medications like children’s Tylenol, cough and cold formulas and aspirin have caused numerous problems in children.

Pediatric medical societies and the Food and Drug Administration warn parents to be cautious when administering these potentially dangerous medications. Are there alternatives?

Homeopathy is great for raising healthy children, has a remarkable safety record (AAHP Study, 2009), is green and inexpensive. Hundreds of studies published in respected, peer-reviewed journals show its good effects, including those on childhood diarrhea (Jacobs, et al., 2003), flu treatment with Oscillococcinum (Vickers and Smith, 2006), seasonal allergic rhinitis (Ludtke and Wiesenauer, 1997) upper respiratory tract infections and allergy (Bornhoft, et al, 2006) and upper respiratory tract diseases including otitis media (Bellavite, et al, 2006).

For a more extensive list of research papers showing homeopathy’s good effects, please see the National Center for Homeopathy website at www.nationalcenter forhomeopathy.org. See “Articles” and then “Research.”

Christine E. Jahnig Rumson