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Child dies of pneumonia: homeopathic doctors warn against self-treatment

The German Central Association of Homeopathic Doctors (DZVhÄ) warns against self-treatment of serious illnesses. In Italy, a toddler died of pneumonia last Thursday who, according to the La Republica newspaper, had only been treated homeopathically by his parents. In addition to pneumonia, the boy suffered from gastroenteritis. The responsible public prosecutor's office is currently investigating the negligent killing of the couple. They failed to have the child examined by a specialist, even though his symptoms continued and were alarming, the examining magistrate Alberto Santacatterina said. The child's father claims to be a specialist in homeopathy on his CV, but is not registered as a homeopath in Italy. "Self-treatment of pneumonia is generally irresponsible," says Cornelia Bajic, first chair of the DZVhÄ, "whether with homeopathic drugs or other medications."

The treatment of this disease belongs in the hands of a pediatrician, who then has to decide on a sensible therapy. "A homeopathic pediatrician knows the limits of medical homeopathy as well as the limits of conventional pharmacotherapy," explains Bajic. Self-appointed specialists in homeopathy are a great danger for both sick people and the reputation of homeopathic doctors. The DZVhÄ is responsible for the further education of homeopathic doctors, which is prescribed by the medical associations. Bajic: "Only in-depth medical training can treat diseases that are among the most common causes of child mortality in Germany." According to the Deutsches Ärzteblatt, around 300,000 children under the age of five die in Europe each year. Apart from perinatal complications (44 percent), diarrhea (13 percent) and pneumonia (12 percent) are the leading causes of death. (pm)

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