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Mumsnetters aren't necessarily qualified to help if your child is unwell. If you have any serious medical concerns, we would urge you to consult your GP.


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MadameSin Thu 13-Jun-13 20:51:51

Any of you used homoeopathy for their children rather than conventional meds?

crashdoll Sat 15-Jun-13 15:36:42

saintly I appreciate it must be difficult as a parent to make difficult decisions regarding any treatment for your child/ren. I know there are side-effects and that you have to weigh up pros and cons. There is a difference between researching a conventional drug e.g. anti-psychotics and on balancing, feeling the side-effects will outweigh the benefits. I just thing it's wrong to completely ignore and not look into the possibility of conventional medicine and write it all off as bad/useless/whatever.

saintlyjimjams Sat 15-Jun-13 15:47:37

Oh I agree, but I don't think the OP is doing that. She has valid concerns about some pretty heavy duty drugs. As I said in a previous post, I do have friends who have had good experiences with them, but all have had concerns as well and there have been side effects - both the common almost expected ones (eg weight gain) and more scary ones, in some case scary enough to force the stopping of the drug.

I am slightly amused by so many people singing the praises of diet though, as we were laughed out of the consulting room by ds1's paediatrician more than ten years ago for using diet. And much rolling of eyes was very common on this sort of site at the time as well. Whereas his current paed and neuro recommended trying it (we already had - obviously). How the times change.

crashdoll Sat 15-Jun-13 17:06:20

I was not accusing the OP of that. I also have concerns about heavy duty drugs. In addition to my concerns of people giving their children sugar pills without fully considering the implications.

The difference between diet and homeopathy is that diet is a.) much more difficult to double blind test rigorously and b.) that it hasn't been tested in the same way as homeopathy. Homeopathy has been looked at and looked at and it still is proven ineffective, whereas research into diet is more of a grey area.

gastrognome Sat 15-Jun-13 17:18:05

I used to believe in homeopathy. Now I think it's just the "wishful thinking" school of medication. I've read lots about it, and cannot for the life of me work out how it could possibly be effective, aside from the placebo effect.

However, I know lots of people get herbal remedies and homeopathy mixed up, when in fact there are plenty of plant-based medications that do work (indeed, some are extremely powerful). So sometimes people think they are using homeopathy when it's a herbal remedy.

specialsubject Sun 16-Jun-13 11:47:41

I used to find that a homeopathic remedy worked sometimes for me. Then I found out what homeopathy was, and the remedy stopped working. Proved the placebo effect!

It's cobblers as medicine. Waste your money if you want, but don't deny real treatment to children who need it.

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