Needles are the biggest concern among parents and children. Oftentimes, when children hear “needle” they think of the last vaccination or flu shot they received conjuring up the frightening images a huge hypertrophic type needles.
Acupuncture needles are hardly needles at all. With their small, thin size, they are more representative of a strand of hair. Sterilized and disposable, most people don’t even feel them being inserted into the skin. The depth of the needle is so shallow that it doesn’t even draw blood.
The best way to help children overcome their fear requires time and trust. The first few visits will unlikely involve any needle at all but rather a “needle-less” buzzer which can still effectively stimulate the acupuncture points and deliver the same treatment without any needle insertions.
Steering completely away from the word “needle” and calling them “little hairs” or using a non-intimidating phrase such as “planting the flags” will also ease anxiety. It’s all in the way it’s presented to the child. Dr. Steiner will often show how it’s done on himself first.
Some young children may start off afraid of needles, but by the time they’re 8, 9, or 10, most of them think it’s “cool”.
Studies have shown acupuncture to be effective in treating pediatric conditions such as:
- Cerebral palsy
- Jaundice (in newborns)
- Allergy Rhinitis
- Skin Rashes
Man people believe that children may avoid disease altogether if introduced to acupuncture at an early age. In Asian countries, this is common practice and a good preventative measure that most children often enjoy.