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Doctors warn of dangers of complementary medicine for children

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5439 (Published 07 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5439
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. The BMJ

Doctors have warned of the dangers associated with complementary therapies after a 4 year old boy with autism was admitted to an emergency department after his parents followed advice to give him holistic supplements.

When he was admitted to hospital the young boy had symptoms including vomiting, constipation, weight loss, and loss of appetite, doctors from Barts Hospital in London have reported in BMJ Case Reports.1 Tests showed hypercalcaemia …

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