ACUPUNCTURE FOR KIDS Parents most frequent questions.

Q. At what age can my child receive acupuncture treatments?
A baby can receive acupuncture treatments from birth and continue them all through childhood. Their is no fixed age to start to benefit from acupuncture and traditionnal chinese medicine which in some cases can minimize the need for medications and more invasive medical interventions. 
Q. How long does a treatment take?
The younger the child, the shorter the treatment. Note that children react very quickly and very positively to acupuncture. Their vital energy is keen at that age.

Q. How many treatments should he receive and how often?
The number of treatments depends on:
     • the severity of the illness
     • the duration of symptoms
     • the child's vitality
Generally, relapses decrease dramatically, and if there are any, they are increasingly spaced out, e.g. 3 months, 6 months to 1 year. In the case of otitis or a flu caught early, sometimes one treatment is enough to restore the body's ability to defend itself against disease.

Q. Is it painful for the child?
The needles are very fine and they are inserted with very little pain. The feeling is comparable to a mosquito bite. They leave no marks afterwards and the needles do not need to be retained or manipulated as much as adult treatments.

Q. How do children react to treatments?
Until age 1, children rarely notice the needles and feel little pain. Once they get older, fear may set in. By explaining what's happening and by being very gentle, we guide them through the treatment and things go well. Parental experience of acupuncture is also helpful. After the first treatment, their fear disappears and everything is fine. In some circumstances, it is possible to use other methods, such as manual stimulation, heat or laser.  

Q. When is the best time for my child to receive treatments?
As soon as the symptoms starts and for certain conditions, preventively. This decreases the number of treatments needed and, possibly, the amount of medications that the child will need to take.

Q. Can several diseases be treated at once?
This all depends on the diseases and the child. Often, in traditional Chinese medicine, several problems can stem from the same cause. The treatment can therefore deal with several symptoms at the same time. Several problems can also be treated simultaneously provided the child is not too young or too weakened by the disease.

Q. What are the most common conditions for which parents consult an acupuncturist?

  • colic
  • reflux
  • toothaches
  • earaches
  • colds
  • fragile immune system
  • asthma
  • allergies
  • eczema
  • sleeping difficulties
  • digestive issues
  • anxieties and stress
  • lack of concentration
  • agitation
  • pain of all sorts
  • bed-wetting
  • secondary effects of medication and
  • transition of childhood and puberty
  • and many more...

To learn more...
Contact an acupuncturist member of the Association of Acupuncturists of Québec (AAQ).

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