Acupuncture for children and babies

Acupuncture is an extremely safe method for treating young people. It is an age old system of encouraging good health. We use similar techniques to those used on adults - that of diagnosis and a tailored "prescription" for your child.

Treatments are usually given after 3 months of age, up to teenage years. However, the key group is aged between 1 and 3. We would look at the overall energy or Qi of the child - to see if the Qi is blocked or deficient. This will show us why the child has become ill or is out of sorts. Looking at the facial colour is also important, diagnostically. For example, a greenish tinge around the mouth can indicate a digestive problem. The strength of the child plays its part - we look at whether they are strong, robust children or are more delicate and reserved.

Four to six points are chosen for the treatment. A fine, sterile, stainless steel needle is inserted at each selected point in turn. This may cause a slight pricking sensation, but much less pain than that of an injection or immunisation. Immediately after insertion the needle is manipulated subtly and briefly to direct the Qi along the channel giving a tingling or warm sensation. Some children cry a little, but are easily comforted after the needle has been removed. Everything happens quickly, within a minute or so. Until the age of 7 years, treatments are normally carried out with the child sitting on the parent's lap - the safest place to be!

Moxa can also be used if necessary. It directs a lovely sense of warmth into the body, around specific acupuncture points. If the child is suffering from colic, for example this is an excellent treatment.

How many acupuncture visits?

This will depend on the pattern of illness. For a simple condition 1 - 10 sessions, 10 - 20 for others. If the condition is more serious and deeply rooted, it may require more. I will be able to tell you after the first session how many treatments would be required. Normally this would be once a week but, for some children, twice to three times a week is necessary.

What can acupuncture treat?

Amongst other conditions, acupuncture can effectively treat the following: Eczema, asthma, chronic coughing, ear infection and glue ear, loss of appetite, fussy eaters, anxiety, nightmares / insomnia, abdominal pain, colic, diarrhoea, vomiting and headaches.

Please call 07760 435 279 or send a message to find out more.

Nicola Court