The use of alternative therapies in immigrant children with stroke and cerebrovascular diseases has not been reported. We identified immigrant and first-generation Chinese-Canadian children with stroke and cerebrovascular diseases in a pediatric stroke clinic and used standardized questionnaires to interview their parents about alternative therapy use. The chi-square test was used to assess the associations of parental educational level and foreign birth in the child with alternative therapy use. We identified 17 children, 9 boys and 8 girls. Six were immigrants to Canada and 11 were Canadian born. Nine of 17 families (53%) reported using alternative therapies. All 9 used Chinese herbs, but only 3 were able to report the names of specific preparations. Four families were using medications that had the potential to affect coagulation. Documentation of alternative therapy use was found in the medical charts of 3 of the 9 patients. Three families reported feeling uncomfortable discussing alternative therapy use with their physicians. We did not see an association between alternative therapy use and parental educational level or foreign birth in the child. Physicians should be aware that parents of children with stroke may be using alternative therapies to treat their children and may be unwilling or unable to report all therapies used.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Clinical Neurology