If you’re anything like me, you are probably finding it hard to believe that the summer holidays are almost at an end for another year! We’re trying to pack as much as we can into our last few days before the school routine is back in our lives on Wednesday. While some children look forward to the new school year, many kids can find it a very daunting time, be it that they are starting school for the first time, joining a new school/class or meeting a new teacher.
It is so important to reassure your child that these feelings are normal and that everyone experiences them at different times. Make time to talk to them, and more importantly provide opportunities for them to open up to you, such as chats while driving to activities, while helping you cook/bake or while playing with them.
Following on from this as an additional support, homeopathic remedies are so helpful in easing this anxiety. Homeopathic remedies have no side effects and no contraindications if used as recommended and are safe for both young and old.
Generally speaking, it is best to take these remedies in low potencies (up to 30c), using the appropriate remedy every 15-30 mins for 5-6 doses, lengthening the time between doses as you see an improvement. If in doubt, consult your homeopathic professional for advice.
Remedies for anticipatory anxiety:
Gelsemium 30- for anticipatory anxiety before an event such as a first day, exam, or performance. The child feels that the task ahead of them is too much. (If in doubt and the anticipatory symptoms are hard to define, try Gelsemium first before other homeopathic medicines.)
Aconite 30- for a child who is extremely fearful and restless. They often can’t sit still and can have a scared expression on their faces. This is the main acute remedy for panic attacks with a beating heart, sensation of not being able to get enough air, and feeling faint.
Arsenicum 30- for the child who is restless and insecure with their anxiety. They can feel exhausted from dealing with their anxious emotions.
Argentum Nitricum 30 – for the child who feels very nervous, usually experiencing diarrhoea and flatulence with their anxiety.
Calc Phos 30- the number one medicine to try when your child is reluctant to go to school. They may have headaches and/or tummy aches, denying that anything is wrong, merely that they feel too sick to go to school-often one to think of first for the younger child.
Lycopodium 30- for the child is fearful that they will fail and look foolish in front of others. They often cover this anxiety up by appearing overly confident. This child will usually ‘perform’ very well each time but still have the preceding anxiety.