Chinese medicine is wonderful for children: it offers an alternative to antibiotics and corticosteroids and is traditionally used to improve energy and build general health to assist in recovery and in resistance to illness. Robin bonds naturally with children and is able to put them at their ease. If acupuncture is used, tiny paediatric needles are inserted in only one or two points for a very short time. In babies, usually one needle is used for just a few seconds. It is certainly not as frightening or painful as a hypodermic syringe. Special paediatric herbs are used which are palatable and well accepted by the young patients.