It is normal for parents to be worried when your little one gets poked with needles during immunisations, so you might wonder why anyone would want to turn their babies into a human pincushion. Based on recent studies, evidence suggests that ancient Chinese medical practices like acupuncture could lessen or even eliminate common illnesses like ear infections, colic, fever, colds, and coughs. Acupuncture can also be used to help with post natal recovery of the new mother. The effects of acupuncture become even more potent when combined with Western medicine.
The American Academy of Paediatrics has no opinion when it comes to acupuncture for babies, but they suggest that you visit your paediatrician first before beginning any treatment.
For common issues like colds and ear infections, you should first talk to your doctor to find out if acupuncture is viable for your infant. However, there’s no reason to wait for symptoms to worsen, especially if your doctor gives the go ahead. You should schedule a treatment with a licensed and experienced practitioner.
Here are some more factors to consider when considering baby acupuncture:
Acupuncture uses acupoints or meridians
According to Chinese Medicine, ailments often occur when energy or chi can’t flow freely throughout our body. Therefore, acupuncturists trigger specific areas of your baby’s body with very fine needles specifically created for baby acupuncture. Once these acupoints are triggered, trapped energy is unblocked, which then improves your child’s health and well-being.
In fact, acupuncture releases pain-relieving endorphins, often known as happy hormones. Asian cultures especially in China have used acupuncture for thousands of years, and it is becoming a popular healing method all over the world.
Needles aren’t painful
Acupuncture may sound scary, especially when babies are concerned, but the thin and solid needles are a lot more delicate than the hollow ones used to draw blood or inject vaccinations. Those types of needles tear the skin, which will often be accompanied by pain. On the other hand, acupuncture will sometimes be slightly uncomfortable when first inserted, but most patients don’t even notice it. Many people even fall asleep during treatments.
Overall, acupuncture for babies is an option that you might want to consider, especially if it can naturally alleviate symptoms often experienced by babies when they have an illness.