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Dr. Adam Rindfleisch, a University of Wisconsin family doctor who specializes in integrating traditional Western medicine with alternative medicine, provided nutritional advice to a woman that was having difficulties with breastfeeding.

Instead of cuddling up and eating, the baby would arch his back and scream.

Dr. Rindfleisch’s suggestion was to give the baby probiotics, “friendly” bacteria that he says have been shown to help babies and children with diarrhea. While probiotics didn’t cure the baby, they seemed to help.

The mother wondered why previous doctors she had met with didn’t suggest probiotics. “We went to multiple specialists, but no one mentioned alternative medicine. I actually asked about probiotics, and they didn’t know anything about them,” she says.

Here are four of the top alternative treatments for kids.

1. Probiotics for diarrhea: “These are incredibly safe,” Rindfleisch says. “We’ve even used them on preemies with gastrointestinal issues.”

He recommends finding a probiotic designed especially for children, adding that kids who are severely immune-compromised, such as those with end-stage HIV, shouldn’t take them.

2. Chamomile tea for colic: In many cultures, from the Middle East to Latin America, parents give chamomile tea to their cranky babies. “What that tells me is that over thousands of years, people have figured out that it works,” says Dr. Sandy Newmark, who’s on the faculty at the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.

Newmark recommends steeping a teaspoon of dried chamomile, or a tablespoon of fresh, in hot water for five to 10 minutes. Cool it off and then give the baby a half an ounce to an ounce every few hours in a bottle, spoon or medicine dropper.

3. Fish oil for eczema: Omega-three fatty acids, which are found in fish oil, have an anti-inflammatory effect, which can help with eczema. Rindfleisch recommends starting with 500 milligrams to 1 gram per day.

4. Fish oil for asthma: Newmark says a brand made especially for children will recommend the right dosage on the label.

The most important thing, the experts agree, is to find a doctor who is open to and knowlegeable about alternative medicine.


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