The Use of Homeopathic Products in Childhood - a Longitudinal Study

News Source: 
Pediatrics Week
News Date: 
June 19, 2010

“...’The aim of this article is to describe the use of these products in a large cohort of children from birth to 8.5 years of age. Questions asked about the use of HP within a preceding time period at seven time points from birth to 8.5 years of age....Chamomilla for teething and Arnica for soft-tissue bruising were the most commonly used products. The most frequently prescribed products were for common self-limiting infantile conditions such as colic, cuts and bruises, and teething. Parents were most likely at 81 months to prescribe HP for their children (46.3% of all prescription sources) and 10% of products were prescribed by general practitioners. Confusion about what constituted a HP was present in nearly 10% of answers. No other study, to our knowledge, has been able to map the use of HP over such a long time period in such a large cohort of children. The amount of HP use reflects a significant minority of the population who use complementary and alternative medicine treatments to manage the health of their family. Health care professionals should be aware of the confusion surrounding HP and have knowledge around some of the more commonly used HP. Parents and carers are using homeopathy wisely with appropriate remedies consistently used for acute problems,’ wrote E.A. Thompson and colleagues....”

The study is published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (The use of homeopathic products in childhood: data generated over 8.5 years from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC). Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2010;16(1):69-79).