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Babies and Children

Gentle, non-invasive, paediatric care techniques work extremely well for babies and children.

Babies abd ChildrenCycles of Development: In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the kidney energy is responsible for growth and development of the whole body.  In ancient texts, it is said that males and females develop at different rates: females develop in cycles of 7 years, and males develop in cycles of 8 years.  These cycles are taken into consideration when treating children and babies with TCM, as specific development milestones take place at specific ages.

The First 12 Months: Babies grow and develop so quickly during their first 12 months – growing longer, becoming more attentive, developing their digestive function and immune system.  Baby’s energy is very yang (active, expansive) as they are growing rapidly and this energy is easily influenced with gentler and shorter treatment methods.  The energy meridians are also still developing, therefore treatment focuses on specific areas rather than the specific acupuncture points used in adults.

Gentle Techniques Used: Young children and babies are incredibly responsive to the non-invasive techniques to ensure smooth energy flow and to optimise their developing bodies.  The gentler techniques used in TCM treatments of young children and babies may involve gentle tapping of specific areas, gentle stroking along the developing meridian lines and/or the use of specialised non-invasive instruments developed for use in paediatric treatments like a tei-shin (see picture).

Older children can also have acupuncture sessions with needles or low level laser therapy.

In addition to treatments in the clinic, parents may be shown some easy home treatment techniques that can be done between clinic appointments to supplement and optimise the treatments given in the clinic.

Nourishing the kidney energy is common when treating children and babies, as this helps the body to grow and develop naturally.  Sometimes only 2 or 3 sessions is enough to strengthen the growing body to develop naturally. Chinese medicine treatment may be able to assist with:

  • Management of pain, stress and fatigue related to some autoimmune disorders, in consultation with other treating health practitioners Earache and Eczema in Children
  • Management of pain, fatigue and nausea related to many chronic diseases 

Sometimes Chinese herbal formulas and some dietary changes may be needed for the treatment.

We love working with babies and children.


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