Could ADHD in Children Really be a Sleep Problem?
I'm sure you wouldn't be surprised to learn that today most kid's aren't getting enough sleep.
Reports from the Center for Disease Control point out that today's children get an hour less sleep per night than children did 100 years ago. Increasingly, today's children are expected to rise early and participate in structured activities most of their day. This leaves less time for homework and downtime, shifting bedtime to later hours. This is even more problematic for teens today.
How Much …
Parental Rights and Vaccine Choice by Randall Neustaedter, L.Ac., OMD
I've remained relatively quiet about the vaccine controversy, mostly because I feel like parents have the right to choose whether or not they want to vaccinate their children. However, the government is now encroaching on our parental rights to decide what is best for our children. It's time to take a stand and protect our parental rights as well as our right to choose whether to vaccinate our children, based on educated and informed decisions. It's our choice. I don't believe the government kn…
Red Flags & When to Refer for Pediatric Acupuncturists
One thing I love about acupuncturists is that they're totally committed to their patient's safety. Fear of missing a red flag during a pediatric treatment is a top concern for us. We want to make sure that we don't miss something important, fail to refer when needed, or be liable for treating a child who should have been getting Western medical care.
When it comes to red flags my catch phrase is, "When in doubt refer out."
There's no harm in having a child checked out by their pediatrician…
Marketing Doesn't Have to Be the M-Word
I can tell you with certainty, there is no shortage of children that can benefit from acupuncture. With an estimated 7.1 million children suffering from asthma and 9 million children with ear infections annually you could have a full practice just treating these two conditions!
The main thing stopping parents from making a bee…
Are you falling into the over-discounting trap?
To make sure you start the year off right, I'm focusing on some of the blocks we all face in our acupuncture practices. A few days ago I sent you an e-mail about Uncertainty and how it can silently sabotage our efforts. Today, I want to address the over-discounting/undercharging trap. This is probably even more prevalent in pediatrics. It got me thinking about my experience with choosing a vet and paying his expensive fees… Let me explain. A couple of years ago my family adopted a rescue dog…
Will Uncertainty Stop You from Treating More Kids?
Has this ever happened to you? You've decided you want to treat more kids and you're totally pumped about it. The thought just lights you up and you want to share it with the world. You know you can do it. Then something happens… days, maybe weeks, later you're not so sure about your goal. You haven't gotten any new pediatric patients. Uncertainty kicks in. Uncertainty is a tricky beast (I was going to use another B-word here but I'm gonna keep it PG). It can show up in obvious ways, like when…
Robin's Top 3 Must-Read Books to Inspire an Amazing 2015!
So, I have to admit something… I'm a reading addict. Ok, now you know. I plow through books like crazy and with my new Kindle Fire I just love that I can download any book I want in seconds! That's right, people! Mere seconds! As 2014 is coming to a close, I just had to share my top 3 favorite books that I read this year. They're sure to inspire you to have an amazing 2015! I'm saving the best book for last (so keep on reading). 1. The Big Leap: Conquer your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the …
The Real Truth About Acupuncture for Babies and Children Under Age 7
It's not surprising to me that there are some misconceptions about pediatric acupuncture floating around. Some of the common ones are that pediatric acupuncture is hard and kids don't like it, but the most damaging misconception is that it's unsafe! Some acupuncturists even believe that if you needle babies or kids under age 7 you might permanently damage their acupuncture meridians.
I'm so glad that this misconception has been brought to light because it is without a doubt 100% false!
How to Use Lasers & Microcurrent on Kids an Interview with Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.
When I work with kids it's important that whatever treatment I deliver is practical, safe, efficient and effective.
Of course, acupuncture needles are my first choice and I even treat babies with acupuncture. You can click here to see a video demo of me treating a baby with in/out needling.
Seriously, seeing is believing!
Even babies love it! Not every child I work with is going to love needles though. That's why I was so happy to discover laser and microcurrent. These tools fit my cri…
Pediatric Acupuncture Expert Series: Jake Paul Fratkin, L.Ac. OMD
Jake's pragmatic no-nonsense approach to treating children has had a strong influence on the way I approach kids.
I think you'll really enjoy this interview and the clinical pearls he has to share. Watch my interview with Pediatric Acupuncture Expert Jake Paul Fratkin, L.Ac. OMD below: