Back to school can be a challenging time for children, leading to physical and emotional ailments which can be treated with homeopathy. This moment of enthusiasm also brings stress, and with it some diseases when the child somatises emotions.
When that happens, a homeopathic remedy can help because it acts in the body and emotions, allowing the child to release feelings that would otherwise show up as physical symptoms.
For example, children who already have a low immune system are very likely to catch diseases caused by viruses. Anxiety from separating from the mother can cause breathing problems and asthma. Facing bullies can be even more difficult if the child is shy or has low self-esteem.
Usually these problems are transient and are a part of life, but homeopathic medicines can be of great help, especially if the child already is predisposed to having certain kinds of diseases. In those cases a constitutional remedy would help improve health as a whole.
It is very important that constitutional weaknesses be addressed during childhood, when the life force is very strong and responds quickly to homeopathy. Being highly dynamic (by the process of dynamization/potentization) homeopathic remedies easily penetrate the cells, supplying the nutrients they need, and stimulating the life force to achieve self-balance.
For example, if the child has signs of calcium deficiency (slow development, delayed or slow dentition, late walking or talking) taking supplements of this mineral is often not effective. If the child’s problem is difficulty to absorb calcium, it is unlikely that the supplement will be absorbed as well. But when taking calcium in potentized form, a positive response is very fast.
Another point to which parents should be aware of is the fact that in some schools teachers do not pay attention to the amount of water that children take, and they return home with their water and juice intact. Many children also avoid drinking in order not to go to the bathroom because it is dirty. Suppressing the natural movements of the bowels and bladder can lead to serious consequences, and it is up to the parents to demand that schools have better hygiene conditions.
Signs of stress and tension can be identified in the child’s attitudes and conduct, such as nail biting, aggressive or passive behaviour, and trying to avoid certain people or places.
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This information has only educational purposes and is not intended to treat any diseases, or replace medical treatment.
Maria Alves, DCHM, HOM
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