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Naturopathic pediatricians typically recommend rubbing your child’s chest with essential oils in a base oil like coconut oil. Some recommended essential oils for croup include tea tree, thyme and lavender. I highly recommend making a homemade vapor rub to have on hand for situations like this. (Note: Eucalyptus should be avoided in children 2 and under.) You can swap out essential oils as desired. Just always make sure to perform a small skin patch test (for example, on your child’s forearm) to rule out any possible allergic reactions.
Q: Why doesn’t TIMC participate with insurance companies?
A: We feel strongly that we want to deliver the types of care we provide without the encumbrances of insurance companies telling us how to practice medicine. The patient is the customer of insurance companies, not the doctor. That is why we give our patients receipts (called a HCFA form) to submit to their respective insurance carriers. In addition, we believe that paying for services rendered contributes to the success of our therapies. Patients who pay for care are more likely to follow through with suggested programs because they participate in their care and take ownership of outcomes.