Paediatric Problems

Learn more about the various diseases that can be grouped under the category Paediatric Problems

Acute Vomitting and Diarrhoea

Acute vomiting and diarrhoea in children may be associated with viral or bacterial gastroenteritis, food poisoning, colds or flu with digestive symptoms.

Common Cold

Chinese medicine speaks of External Wind-Cold Invasion of the common cold or flu when it is characterised by sneezing, headache, a stuffy nose or watery nasal discharge, possible fever, but no sweating.


Cough is described as an External Wind-Cold Invasion with thin white phlegm cough, wheezing, sneeze, chills, no sweating, possible fever, headache.


Fever is according to Chinese medicine an Exterior Wind-Heat Invasion with the symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat, swollen tonsils, swollen glands as may appear in colds, flu, tonsillitis, conjunctivitis, hay fever, measles and mumps.


Indigestion is associated with irregular, excessive or cold, rich or fatty food intake, which damages Spleen and Stomach functions leading to food stagnation, colic, bloating, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, bad breath (halitosis).

Irritability and Poor Concentration

Liver and Heart Disharmony can create Phlegm Heat which disturbs the Shen manifesting as irritability, restlessness and hyperactive children who cannot concentrate well, for example in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Itchy Skin Rashes

Skin rashes are often related to allergies in children. Chinese medicine usually interprets this pattern as Damp-Heat or Wind-Heat Condition, causing the following symptoms: red itchy skin, weeping after scratching, allergic skin conditions, eczema, urticaria, dermatitis.

Lowered Immunity

In Chinese herbal medicine, weak Wei Qi often means a defective immune system, making children susceptible to colds, flu or allergies.

Teething Pain

Teething in infants is, in Chinese medicine, associated with the Stomach and Intestines. It can manifest as increased biting and drooling, sore and swollen gums, irritability, fever, crying, restless sleep and poor appetite.