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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Knowledge about complementary and alternative medicine is received from relatives and neighbours more than physicians -- Iranian Journal of Pediatrics Vol.24 No.1

Today we are featuring Iranian Journal of Pediatrics vol.24 no.1. 

This issue includes "Risk Factors for Recurrent Respiratory Infections in Preschool Children in China" by Li et al., a study conducted to examine the factors related to recurrent respiratory infection in preschool children in Yiwu, China. 844 preschool children in Yiwu were examined between June 2009 and September 2010. 639 preschool children were part of the resident population while 205 were part of the floating population. The results indicated that asthma, food preference and rickets were among the factors affecting recurrent respiratory infections in preschool children who were part of the resident population. Infant feeding and snack were among the factors affecting recurrent respiratory infections in preschool children who were part of the floating population. The study concluded that the public should take health measures against these factors to prevent recurrent respiratory infection.

This issue also includes "Prevalence of Using Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Children and Its Related Factors in East Iran" by Fesharakinia et al. This study examines the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) on children in east Iran and the factors for its use, its prevalence and where CAM providers obtain their information and knowledge regarding the practice. The study was conducted from April 2012 to June 2012, in which 300 mothers who had children admitted to the Vali-Asr Hospital in Birjand were interviewed. The results indicated that almost 36% of mothers used CAM as medication for their children in the previous year. Among the treatments used were medicinal herbs, oil rubs and prayer therapy. For information on CAM, 72% of mothers talked to relatives, 50% talked to neighbours and only 2% talked to physicians. The study concluded that physicians should learn more about CAM to provide knowledge about it, and the community as a whole should receive education about the different types and the possible side effects of CAM.

You can find these articles and other articles from this issue here.

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