Can you remember the first day back at school after the summer holidays?
Even now many years later I can recall that feeling of butterflies and anticipation in my tummy, there was no reason to feel like that but all the same after six weeks my new found freedom and free range routine was about to go back to having to wear a uniform, getting up and going to bed early – something I did not relish. The nearer that date in September approached the faster the days would go by.
So once again, September is almost upon us and the summer holidays are nearly over. Up and down the country parents will be preparing and getting their children ready for school.
This can be a traumatic time for some children especially if they are starting school for the very first time, changing schools or just returning and going into the next class.
Some children look forward to going back and seeing their friends again, others aren’t so keen and for others it might be the first time. Small children might be wondering how they will make friends, what their teachers will be like, will they like them, they might even worry they will get lost in a large building. All these thoughts and feelings are natural and there are some coping strategies that you can use to help them:-
Start to get them into a routine by going to bed earlier
If homework is outstanding help and encourage them to do it
Ask them what’s worrying them and talk them through it
Talk about the positive things, e.g how they will make new friends or that they will see friends again
Some children may develop a deeper anxiety and signs to look out for are:-
If you are worried about your child then homeopathy can help. It is a safe and gentle non toxic form of medicine and I have helped many children with anxieties of this nature. Children are very responsive and usually respond to homeopathy very quickly. I can do consultations via Skype or Messenger and post remedies out to you. There is no need for your child to sit through the consultation so it is less traumatic for them, although invariably they can’t resist having a peek and saying hello which is helpful to me.
If you would like to find out more about how I can help feel free to contact me for a free 15 minute chat.
I recently saw a young boy with mild eczema. His Mum wanted something more natural and more importantly to achieve a lasting result. Below is the review from his Mum:-
“I took my son to see Tracey to help with his eczema. I didn’t want to keep using steroid creams to deal with flair ups. Tracey gave him a remedy along with a steroid detox and 3 months later the improvement is fantastic. No longer any need for daily emollients, any small dry patches are controlled using a natural chickweed cream. My son’s eczema was quite mild so he dealt with the changes to his skin very well. I would highly recommended anyone with skin conditions to try homeopathy it really works ! Thank you Tracey”
The homeopathic approach to helping eczema symptoms (or in fact any condition) is very different to the conventional approach. During the first consultation I ask lots of questions and try to establish the root cause to find a lasting result without suppressing any symptoms. We encourage the symptoms to leave the body rather than go deeper into the body.
Usually we find that a child that has had eczema and has a history of using cortico-steroid creams will usually go on to develop asthma. This is because the initial underlying cause of the eczema was not addressed, and whilst the initial symptoms went away, they were in fact suppressed and pushed further into the body.
The philosophy behind homeopathic medicine is that we address the underlying cause and aim to push the symptoms away from the body and away from the more vital organs (inside to outside). As you see with eczema, if the symptoms are suppressed they go further into the body and the lungs become involved. The skin and the lungs are closely linked, as are all parts of our body.
Mothers of young children who use inhalers usually tell me that their child’s colds go to their chests and they have been prescribed anti-biotics in the past. This of course helps to clear the chesty cough and cold, however, prolonged and regular use of antibiotics can then lead to upset tummies and disturbances in the gut. In time, this can lead to other problems such as anxieties, ADH etc, and on it goes.
If you are looking for a more natural approach to eczema, asthma or any childhood ailments and you would like to find out more about how homeopathy can help with any of the above symptoms please contact me or book a free no obligation 15 minute call.
Names have been changed for confidentiality reasons.
I have a few patients that become restless and irritable and are unable to sleep during the full moon but as soon as it passes they feel calm again.
There are many homeopathic remedies that can help with these symptoms but one such remedy is Luna and here I recall a case using this remedy.
I was in a children’s clinic during my final year of study. The parents had brought Amy, their 18 month baby girl for her second follow up appointment and despite prescribing a well indicated remedy they reported no improvement in her sleep patterns. She was still extremely restless, irritable and would not sleep at all during the night. She didn’t keep her parents awake but they slept lightly while they listened to her gurgling and chattering away to herself throughout the night, sometimes she would scream out. During the day she was miserable and clingy due to lack of sleep. The parents were exhausted and at the end of their tether, she had been like his since she was just a few months old.
We asked more questions trying to see if there was anything we might have missed in the first consultation. The parents told us that one night they had gone into Amy’s as they heard her cot rattle and they were worried she would try to climb out. They told us that she was just holding on to the side of the cot and was looking up to the moon. She appeared to be mesmerized.
After differentiating a few remedies, we decided to prescribe Luna and asked the parents to return 4 weeks later and to keep a diary noting any changes.
When they came back they looked like a different family. They looked healthy, happy and refreshed. They told us that within two weeks of taking the remedy Amy’s sleep improved and she now slept every night, sleeping from the time she was put down in the evening until dawn. As a result she was much happier during the day. They even checked her when there was a full moon and she continued to sleep peacefully.
If you would like to find out more about how homeopathy can help you especially if you are sensitive to the cycles of the moon please feel free to contact me.