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First, acupuncture works for many different conditions in children. So far, in clinic, including the experiences in China and in USA, with acupuncture, sometimes combined with herbal medicine, we successfully helped kids with chronic cough, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, unspecified stomach pain, digestion disorders, anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism, pediatric cerebral palsy, bell’s palsy, motor delays, language delay, weak vision, eczema, constipation, enuresis, abnormal night sweating, Musculo-skeletal related pain syndrome, etc.
Yes. Most children feel only minimal pain or a tingling sensation as the needles are inserted, and some feel no pain at all. Some of them may cry loudly in the beginning because of nervousness. Once the needles are in place, no pain is felt and most children begin to feel comfortable and relaxed, and many of them may fall asleep.
For very young kids less than 10 years old, usually one of their family member is required to be there. In our sugar land office, we usually will assign a bigger and peaceful, beautiful family room for kids. During acupuncture, a family member could sit down there, talk to the kid, or use their smart phone to find a wonderful story or beautiful music for their child. If the kid falls asleep, the family member could enjoy reading, doing meditation by themselves in the room. Sometimes, we may let the child do some exercise with needles on. You do not need to worry about the needles because they will be put on some area not affecting movement at all. Sometimes we may do manual therapy with acupuncture together.
Each session treatment usually takes between 35 and 50 minutes. As needed, we often combine acupuncture with cupping, or children manual therapy, ear seeds therapy, some specific exercise, diet education together during your visit. Mostly, the kids are happy and laughing when they leave the clinic after their treatment. Sometimes we may teach the kids some
exercises or teach the family member a few manipulations to do for their child daily at home. If you can follow the instructions, you can look forward to better results.
How old should the kids be to receive acupuncture? In our experiences, Infants as young as 6 months old can undergo acupuncture therapy.
For some conditions, such as autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, earlier diagnosis and earlier treatment are important, younger than 10 years old acupuncture more effective.
How long or how many treatments will the kids need? It depends on what disease you wish to manage, and how is the kid’s specific constitution. Some conditions may just need 1 session, or 3-6 sessions treatment, such as some pain syndrome, cough… Some conditions may require a few months or even more longer like 1-2 years following up treatment, for example cerebral palsy, autism, ADHD…
One important thing you need to know is, somehow acupuncture could work for the child or not depending on their parents. Very often the reason the kid comes to our clinic is because their parents, or other family member, or friends had been in the clinic and recognized the benefits of
acupuncture and/or herbal medicine. So, they have confidence to bring their child or recommend their friend’s child to come. When the child starts to have acupuncture, if he/she has a little bit against to treatment in the beginning, with the experience been treated in the clinic, parents or family member can corporate closely with the doctor to calm down their child. This makes a successful treatment to the child more possible. Thus, if you are still doubting the benefits of acupuncture, we highly recommend you to have one or a few sessions first, to get some direct experiences about acupuncture. You may be curious about what conditions acupuncture
can help you, please visit “ What We Treat”.
有一点您必须知道，针灸能对孩子有多大帮助某种程度上取决于父母。经常性的，由于孩子的父母，或其他家庭成员，或朋友曾经在我们门诊治疗过，认识到针灸的好处，所以才会有信心带着孩子或者推荐别人来。当孩子在接受针刺治疗之初，如果有一些不依从，有过被针刺治疗经验的家长通常更会懂得如何配合医生使孩子平静下来，这使得治疗更容易成功。因此如果您还在怀疑针刺的好处，我们强烈建议您自己接受一次或几次治疗体验一下针灸的感觉。您若不知道针灸能帮助哪些状况，可点击"What We Treat" 了解一下。
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