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Pediatricians worried about quackery under alternative healers

Pediatricians worried about quackery under alternative healers

Dutch pediatricians are very worried about quackery in alternative medical experts that children treat. Such a treatment could pose serious health risks involve.

From an inventory of the Dutch Association for Paediatrics (NVK) shows that over the last two and a half years to sixteen very serious incidents.

So it was a malnourished baby treated by a chiropractor, the condition of the child is not identified, and hit a toddler with a peanut allergy, almost in a lethal shock when a kinesioloog him treated by a peanut on his skin.

Frequently recommend alternative healers parents to stop with regular medications for their child. That led, among other things, that a young patient has an asthma attack and got a little boy with a bowel disease a piece of his intestine lost.

“It is a small number of reports, but they are very serious,” says pediatrician Jan Peter Rake of the Martini Hospital in Groningen for Focal point, that in the broadcast on Tuesday paid attention to the issue.

Adverse effects

An annual visit is sure to 125,000 children in the Netherlands an alternative practitioner. It comes to treatments that are not proven to be effective, but the health risks were until now little known.

Dutch pediatricians bring therefore, since two and a half years systematically the adverse effects of alternative medicine on children. This is done through the Dutch Signaleringscentrum Pediatrics (NSCK). This has resulted in a list of incidents.

The list, according to the pediatricians now give rise to alternative healers who have no medical background, to prohibit children under twelve years old to treat.

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