Be alert for CAM use in kids

Western medicine is not perfect. Neither is alternative medicine, but such a view is seen as ‘politically incorrect’ in some quarters. However, due to fairly lax regulatory laws overseeing the production, marketing and sale of complementary medicines in Australia, as doctors we need to reflect upon this to protect our children from potential harm. 

This is particularly important as children do not make the decisions about what medicines, remedies and treatments they are given by their parents. The situation seems more common where there are diagnostic challenges or poor responses to prescribed treatment for our patients. For children, the risks are amplified, as although it is the child we are treating, it is ideologically driven parents we need to convince. 

One consequence of the perceived shortcomings of traditional medicine is the embracing of complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs). This is a common scenario, probably far more