Life Stages

some childhood conditions

Teething

 

When teething, your baby should have as much calcium and magnesium as possible. The teething pains will be greatly minimized if the new tooth can quickly break through by having adequate energy resources to do so.
To give your baby calcium, use what are called “tissue salts”; there is one specifically for teething, available from many pharmacies and health food stores. Give nettle leaf tea (and occasional pau d’arco inner bark) with
honey, if needed, in a bottle as a long-term measure. Short-term use of valerian root and honey tea (seek dose advice) will help the baby to sleep; it will also calm any fever and quickly supply large amounts of assimilable
calcium, but it must be prescribed and dosed only by a qualified herbal practitioner.
When all the child’s available energy is going in one direction, digestion can become upset. When this happens, provided they are no longer being breast-fed, give young children juices and superfood in a
sippy cup. A little diarrhea is to be expected, but if there is constipation, use gentle laxative foods like prunes and olive oil. Children should also be encouraged to drink meadowsweet leaf tea three times daily before meals.
A formula to aid poor digestion would be equal amounts of licorice root, cinnamon stick, and fennel seed taken as a tincture or tea (with honey).

Growing Pains

Growing pains can afflict toddlers, older children, and adolescents, especially if they have a poor diet. I have talked to many patients who remembered suffering weeks or months of aching limbs; their parents had told them that growing pains were a normal part of growing up.
What is actually happening is that the body is growing and stripping itself of the materials it requires for growth. Normal childhood growth can induce pains if the diet is not sufficiently balanced , but occasionally massive growth spurts take the body by surprise. If this occurs, extra calcium and magnesium must be given immediately by increasing the intake of herbs like boneset and nettle. Nettle leaf tea should be drunk daily; boneset tincture can also be given, but only for a few days at a time, until the pain has gone away and then for three to five days longer. Carrot juice, homemade or storebought, is also a good source of calcium. My children told me immediately whenever they got any aches; they were then given fresh carrot juice for a week, on top of their daily plant calcium and magnesium input.
Fever and muscle aches leach a large amount of nutrients from the body, not least calcium. If it is not replenished, what began as an acute and easily rectifiable ailment can become chronic, simply from the lack of
calcium in the body. Drinking milk at this point is not recommended, as its neutralization of digestive foods would make an already hampered digestive system work at an even lower level. Get children to drink nettle
leaf tea to increase levels of calcium and magnesium and use rice milk, soy milk, or other milk alternatives. Leg twitching during the night can indicate a need for calcium, magnesium, and iron in children, in which
case nettle or red raspberry leaf will help, as they both contain large quantities of all these minerals.

Fever

When taking children’s temperatures, remember that their higher rate of metabolism means that they can more safely sustain a higher temperature than an adult. Your first course of action should be to keep the child
sponged down and ensure high fluid intake. If you are concerned about your child, call in professional help. Normal body temperature ranges between 96.8°F and 98.6°F. A fever is said to exist if the temperature is above 100°F. You must call for help if the child’s temperature reaches 104°F. You can take rectal, armpit, or, in older children, oral temperatures.

Rectal temperature readings are very reliable. Lay the young child or baby on your lap, tummy down, bottom up, and hold him or her down with one hand, allowing a small amount of movement. Lubricate the anus and slip the thermometer in as you hold the buttocks open. Insert at least one-third to half of the thermometer. Take a reading while it is still in place. Remove the thermometer and give the child a big cuddle.

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