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The Pediatric Forum
October 2000

In Defense of Pediatric Chiropractic Care

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Copyright 2000 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2000

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2000;154(10):1063. doi:

I would like to applaud your publication for printing "Chiropractic Care for Children" by Lee, Li, and Kemp.1 It is an admirable attempt to educate your readers about chiropractic methods of health care. However, there are several inaccuracies, which should be addressed.

The authors state that, "Conditions treated by DCs [doctors of chiropractic] include otitis media, asthma, allergies, infantile colic, and enuresis." However, treatment of these disorders by chiropractors is beyond the scope of chiropractic practice as defined by the Association of Chiropractic Colleges2,3 and the International Chiropractors Association.4 Perhaps it would be more accurate to state that chiropractors commonly provide care for pediatric patients with vertebral subluxation complexes who concomitantly suffer from otitis media, asthma, allergies, infantile colic, and enuresis.

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