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Medicines (Basel). 2018 Jun 13;5(2). pii: E55. doi: 10.3390/medicines5020055.

Use of Acupuncture in an Infant with Restlessness and Agitation.

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1
Division of Neonatology, Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Medical University of Graz, Graz 8036, Austria. katharina.murg@klinikum-graz.at.
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Division of Neonatology, Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Medical University of Graz, Graz 8036, Austria. wolfgang.raith@klinikum-graz.at.
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Research Group for Paediatric Traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM Research Centre Graz, Medical University of Graz, Graz 8036, Austria. wolfgang.raith@klinikum-graz.at.
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Division of Neonatology, Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Medical University of Graz, Graz 8036, Austria. berndt.urlesberger@medunigraz.at.
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Research Group for Paediatric Traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM Research Centre Graz, Medical University of Graz, Graz 8036, Austria. berndt.urlesberger@medunigraz.at.

Abstract

Background: We are reporting here about a 3-month-old boy with a history of failure to thrive, hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy and neurological misbehaviour including hypotension in body muscles, who was found to have screaming attacks, agitation and restlessness. Methods/Results: Body and ear acupuncture was used both as supporting and integrative therapy to reduce the phases of restlessness and screaming and, simultaneously, the use of hypnotic drugs, as well as to improve the baby’s thriving. Conclusions: Our case has proved that standardised ear and body acupuncture applied by trained acupuncturist paediatricians is a helpful non-pharmacological treatment tool. While acupuncture is typically used in the outpatient setting, it can equally be used in the inpatient setting, as exemplified by the positive outcome of the presented case.

KEYWORDS:

acupuncture therapy; agitation; baby; restlessness

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