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Ir J Med Sci. 2008 Jun;177(2):147-50. doi: 10.1007/s11845-008-0152-0. Epub 2008 Apr 22.

Complementary and alternative medicine use in Irish paediatric patients.

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Department of Paediatrics, Mercy University Hospital, Cork, Ireland. evvv2888@yahoo.ie

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Although very little scientific data exists on the efficacy and side effects of complementary and alternative medicines, their profile and availability is increasing. Use among Irish children is unknown.

AIMS:

To determine the nature and prevalence of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) use in our paediatric population.

METHODS:

Parental questionnaires were distributed in 13 paediatric settings over a 4-month period.

RESULTS:

There were 57% of parents reported using CAM for their child. Use was significantly higher in the 2-4 years age group (34/105, 32%, P = 0.005). The commonest medicinal CAMs used were vitamins (88%), fish oils (27%) and Echinacea (26%). The commonest non-medicinal CAMs used were homeopathy (16%) and craniosacral therapy (14%). Use varied between paediatric specialties, with the highest in neurological patients (23/25, 92%, P = 0.005). Only 13% of parents had informed their Paediatrician of their child's CAM use.

CONCLUSIONS:

More than half of the children surveyed had used some form of CAM, usually without their Paediatrician's knowledge.

PMID:
18427878
DOI:
10.1007/s11845-008-0152-0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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