Chinese medicine is wonderful for children: it offers a safe and effective alternative to antibiotics and corticosteroids and, because it can strengthen the immune system, it is very useful in the treatment of recurrent or lingering infections. 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 immunisation with a hypodermic syringe. Special paediatric herbs are used which are palatable and well accepted by the young patients. For information on immunisation, please see “Immunisation” found under the “Articles” tab.