Struggling with sleeping or troubled by teething? Our guide to natural therapies could help with your little one’s health problems…
In this traditional Chinese medicine, ultra-fine, sterile needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points in your tot’s body to balance the vital energy (also referred to as chi). Sounds scary, but surprisingly it really doesn’t hurt.
Acupuncturist June Tranmer, from the British Acupuncture Council, explains: “It’s a very safe treatment for babies, toddlers, and children of all ages when applied by a properly trained and experienced practitioner. However, we have to be particularly careful to not over-treat, as children do respond so quickly to it. Less is definitely more.”
Skin problems, teething pain and certain hearing and eye problems, as well as digestive, respiratory and sleep issues. “We can also help with the side effects of medication, and work alongside ongoing medical treatment, from common ailments to congenital disorders and more serious situations,” says June.
Around £40 an hour and £25 to £30 for a follow-up 30-minute treatment.
“My daughter suffered badly with reflux when I introduced solids and was sick after each feed. After one session, the reflux lessened. The needles are only in for a few seconds, and Charlotte didn’t seem to notice.”
Alison Gleasure, 43, from Buckinghamshire, mum to Charlotte, 1V
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