Alternative Care Popular Among Kids

The results of a random nationwide telephone survey of 1,501 mothers, fathers and other primary caregivers of children and adolescents showed that nearly one quarter (22%) of the pareadjustchildpronesmnts used some type of alternative medicine for their child, and almost one in 10 allowed their child to visit a complementary and alternative medicine provider, defined in the study as a chiropractor, osteopathic physician or homeopath.  The study also showed that more than one-third do not tell their medical doctor about it. 

The story reported by the October 24, 2002 Web MD and by Reuters Health on October 28, 2002, more than 80% of the parents were somewhat or very satisfied with their child’s most recent use of complementary and alternative medicines and 86% of parents considered the care to be somewhat or very helpful. Finally, 90% said they would be willing to use complementary and alternative medicines for their children in the future.