Use of complementary and alternative medicine in children with recurrent acute otitis media in Italy

P. Marchisio, S. Bianchini, C. Galeone, E. Baggi, E. Rossi, G. Albertario, S. Torretta, L. Pignataro, S. Esposito, Nicola Principi

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Abstract

Controlling environmental factors, chemoprophylaxis, immunoprophylaxis and surgery are considered possible means of preventing recurrent acute otitis media (RAOM), but there are no available data concerning the paediatric use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). We evaluated the uses of CAM (homeopathy and/or herbal medicine) as means of preventing AOM in children with a history of RAOM. Eight hundred and forty Italian children with RAOM (≥3 episodes in six months) aged 1-7 years were surveyed in 2009 using a face-to-face questionnaire, filled by parents or caregivers, that explored the prevalence, determinants, reasons, cost, and perceived safety and efficacy of CAM. About one-half (46%) of the children used CAM, significantly more than the number who used immunoprophylaxis (influenza vaccine 15%; p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-449
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology
Volume24
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011

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Keywords

  • Complementary and alternative therapy
  • Herbal remedies
  • Homeopathy
  • Recurrent acute otitis media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Immunology
  • Immunology and Allergy

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Use of complementary and alternative medicine in children with recurrent acute otitis media in Italy. / Marchisio, P.; Bianchini, S.; Galeone, C.; Baggi, E.; Rossi, E.; Albertario, G.; Torretta, S.; Pignataro, L.; Esposito, S.; Principi, Nicola.

In: International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology, Vol. 24, No. 2, 04.2011, p. 441-449.

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