Acupuncture for Kids
If your child has a health problem that is not being well managed with Western treatment, or you are seeking a more natural model of healing and wellness for your child, pediatric acupuncture can be a great fit!
We believe that each child deserves to be treated as a unique individual. We strive to identify the root of your child's health issues and develop a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses the cause of the imbalance, as well as the symptoms it creates.
Acupuncture works well for the following conditions:
- ear and sinus infections
- allergies (food and seasonal)
- PANDAS/ PANS
- digestive issues, constipation, diarrhea, colic
- bronchitis, colds, flu, cough
- growing pains and sports injuries
- eczema, rashes, hives
- anxiety, ADD/ADHD. autism
- bedwetting & sleep disorders
- chronic illness
Frequently Asked Questions
Won't my child be afraid of the needles?
Children are often unsure or fearful of needles due to painful or traumatic experiences with shots or blood draws. Thankfully, pediatric acupuncture needles are hair-thin and provide virtually no pain sensation. They are so different from the average person's perception of a needle, that we use a different word to describe them. We call them "taps". This refers to the tapping/rubbing done to stimulate the acupuncture point, as well as the quick tap motion used to insert the needle.
Are there other treatment options besides needles?
We offer a variety of non-needle techniques for treatment, including laser stimulation of acupuncture points, acupressure, ear seeds, micro-current stimulation, and tui na (Chinese meridian massage). At your child's first appointment, we demonstrate the "taps" and ask the child if they'd like to try one. Typically after having the process explained and shown to them, children are open to trying it out. Since building your child's trust is of utmost importance, if they say they are not ready to try a "tap", we respect their wishes and move on to non-needle treatment options.
Can my child still take medications and receive other care?
Absolutely. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine work to stimulate the body's natural healing abilities and restore balance throughout the body. You can safely receive other treatment while receiving acupuncture. Chinese Medicine works synergistically with other healing modalities like chiropractic, massage, homeopathy, and energy healing as well.
How can my child receive guidance and care if I live far away from the clinic?
Connected Healing offers one on one remote sessions to determine the root of your child's health issues and customize a plan for healing.
You can expect your child's healing program to include:
- dietary shifts (as necessary)
- Chinese herbal medicine & natural remedies
- preventative health guidance
- education about your child's condition from a Chinese medicine perspective
- acupressure & AcuPatching protocols for home treatment
Non-Needle Treatment Tools
This tool is a favorite among our pediatric patients. They call it the "blinky light". It uses a gentle micro current of electricity to provide painless stimulation of acupoints.
Light therapy is incredibly effective for stimulation of acupuncture points, and kids love the blue and red light!
Application of phototherapy (light therapy) patches to acupuncture points for therapeutic purposes. Sometimes we even put animal stickers on top of patches to make them extra cool for kids!