Optimizing your child’s health for school
Benjamin, aged 8, came into my office with his mother last fall. She complained that as soon as school started Benjamin got sick and all year long caught every cold and flu going around, which then spread throughout the household.
I recommended that Benjamin start a tablespoon of fish oil daily as well as ½ tsp of HMF (human flora) probiotic powder. Both of these were very easy for Benjamin to take as he liked the taste. I also instructed his mother on my homeopathic flu program that the whole family could follow from October to May of every year. I saw Benjamin’s mother recently and she said that he had had the best year ever in school and only got sick twice and even then got over it very quickly. She has continued the same program for her whole family and everyone is missing very few days to sickness.
Zoe, age 12, was brought in by her mother for treatment of increasing anxiety. It was beginning to interfere with her school work as well as her sleep. Zoe’s period had not yet started but I told her mother that I used herbal remedies to help with period problems if they arose. In the meantime I focused my attention on Zoe’s blood sugar, food sensitivities and nutritional deficiencies, the three most common causes of anxiety.
Firstly, I removed any pop from Zoe’s diet explaining that most soft drinks on the market contain seven teaspoons of sugar or more per serving.
I taught Zoe how to make her own iced tea with flavoured herbal teas and sparkling water as well as a soy milk latte made with chai tea to replace the occasional coffee she was having with her friends. Secondly, I taught Zoe and her mother the importance of protein and how to get enough in her diet. Thirdly, Zoe agreed to take some basic nutritional support to correct vitamin B, magnesium and essential fatty acid deficiencies. The fourth thing that I use in these situations is homeopathic remedies called Rubimeds that really help with anxiety and depression. Using the REBA device I determined which complex homeopathic remedies Zoe required. The remedies were put into her daily water bottle and we repeated this testing every two months with different remedies prescribed every time, for six months. In six months Zoe was handling school and home pressures very well so she just maintained on a basic nutritional and diet plan. In the meantime Zoe’s period had started with no complaints.
Michelle, age 7, complained of terrible headaches that would come on suddenly for no reason. Her mother was resorting to giving her acetaminophen on a regular basis for the past several months, but the headaches were in fact getting worse. I suggested that pain medications, when used chronically, can cause rebound pain and that it was better to find out the cause of the headaches rather than just treating the pain. We did the EDS (Electrodermal testing) for food sensitivities and the culprit foods were removed from Michelle’s diet as much as possible. This included cow’s milk-based dairy products and to supplement her calcium intake I also recommended a liquid calcium and magnesium (cal/mag) for Michelle to take at bedtime. This not only helped her sleep but decreased her headaches as well. Michelle liked the punch flavour of the cal/mag liquid we have. Several months later Michelle’s mother reported that her daughter was much happier! Her headaches were very rare now, she woke up in a much better mood and she had much less nasal congestion than before and she had not had any pain medications since the first appointment. Michelle’s teacher also noticed a great improvement in her school work.
Naturopathic medicine is ideal for teaching parents and children how to take more responsibility for their health.
Dr. Ingrid Pincott, naturopathic physician, has been practicing since 1985 and can be reached at 250-286-3655 or www.DrPincott.com