Characteristics of CAM Users Younger Than 18 Years in the United States Excluding Use of Vitamins and Minerals (n = 9414)

CharacteristicCAM Users (N = 1055), %Non-CAM Users (N = 8254), %
Age, ya
    Infant and toddler, 0–417.829.4
    Child, 5–1134.538.3
    Adolescent, 12–1747.732.3
    Non-Hispanic white71.655.8
    Non-Hispanic black9.116.6
    Non-Hispanic Asian3.84.2
    Non-Hispanic all other races1.91.5
    $19 999 or less9.416.6
    $20 000–$34 99912.017.1
    $35 000–$64 99926.626.8
    $65 000 or more51.939.4
Highest education of either parenta
    Less than high school5.413.7
    High school15.323.6
    Some college28.230.1
    4-y college or more51.232.6
Prescription medication use in the previous 3 moa23.110.9
Difficulty affording prescription in the previous 12 moa3.81.8
Delayed medical care because of difficulties with accessa15.78.9
Missed school days because of illnessa
Medical conditions and/or symptoms
        Respiratory allergya17.18.6
        Food/diet allergya7.63.5
    Dermatologic, acne and/or wartsa16.57.6
    Developmental disordersa7.53.1
        Abdominal paina10.94.2
    Learning disabilitya13.76.6
        Anxiety and/or stressa21.66.1
    Respiratory infections in the previous 12 mo
        Ear infections (≥3)6.54.9
        Chest/head coldsa66.053.0
Parental use of CAMc64.627.6
  • a P ≤ .005 for differences between CAM users and non-CAM users.

  • b Child reported by adult respondent as being overweight.

  • c Parental use of CAM represents a subset of all children sampled (n = 7455) where a parental figure (parent, grandparent, foster parent, or legal guardian) completed the adult survey on CAM use.

  • Data source: NHIS 2007. Weighted percentages were extrapolated from the US census (2000) for the child civilian, noninstitutionalized household population.