An estimated 43% of children have one of the top 20 chronic conditions, including allergies and asthma.1 If being overweight, obese, or at risk for developmental delays are included in the list, that percentage goes up to 54%. Of those children with a chronic condition, 45% had a second chronic condition comorbidity.1 Much of the pediatric population suffers from poor health, and chronic conditions are on the rise.2
Many of these common conditions have common underlying causes, which are amenable to Functional Medicine approaches. Primary care clinicians and pediatricians can play an important role in working with these children, getting to the root cause of their conditions and potentially reversing them.
IFM Educator Elizabeth Mumper, MD, describes how a Functional Medicine approach can help these patients:
IFM’s newest Advanced Clinical Training focuses on the top chronic conditions reported in children and provides specific strategies for intervening that can help children shed their chronic diagnoses. Expert clinicians use case-based teaching to present easy-to-apply Functional Medicine strategies, including sessions on:
- Restoring the gut microbiome
- Detecting food sensitivities in children, including non-celiac gluten sensitivity
- Mitochondrial support.
If you treat children with migraines, alopecia, constipation, allergies, metabolic disturbances, or other chronic conditions, IFM’s Pediatrics Advanced Clinical Training can help you to work more effectively with this population.
- Bethell CD, Kogan MD, Strickland BB, Schor EL, Robertson J, Newacheck PW. A national and state profile of leading health problems and health care quality for US children: key insurance disparities and across-state variations. Acad Pediatr. 2011;11(3 Suppl):S22-33. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2010.08.011.
- Van Cleave J, Gortmaker SL, Perrin JM. Dynamics of obesity and chronic health conditions among children and youth. JAMA. 2010;303(7):623-630. doi: 10.1001/jama.2010.104.