Distressing Childhood Behavior Signs

Hyperactivity

Often fidgets with hands & feet or squirms in the seat
Often gets up from the seat when remaining in seat expected
Often runs about or climbs when it is not appropriate (restless activity)
Often has trouble playing or enjoying leisure activities quietly
                                                                                        On the go – or if driven by a motor. Talks Excessively

Inattention

Does not give close attention to detail or makes mistakes in school work
Has trouble in keeping attention – work or play
Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
Has trouble in organizing activities – Easily distracted
Forgetful of daily activities – Loses things needed for school
Doesn’t like mental effort for long periods of time

Impulsive

Blurts our answers before questions have been finished
Has trouble in waiting for their turn – Interrupts or intrudes onto others
As a Homeopath these are the things that are considered during the consultation:
When did it all start?
Has there been a trauma in the family, accident, injury to the head, birth trauma?
Did your child react to immunization? & if ‘yes’ in what way
Have you been traveling overseas? – Does your child have symptoms of worms?
What is the family history, or is this the first time it has happened within the family?
Is there bullying? – This could be from the past or even from an older/younger sibling
What type of foods are given, refined or whole foods, food allergies / sensitivities
What chemicals are being ingested – foods, sugar, drugs, air pollution
What chemicals are going on to the skin or breathing in

What are the family dynamics?

Is there a history of mental disease in the family?
Hyperactivity or ADHD needs to be constant for 6 months to be diagnosed by your GP.
Autism Spectrum Disorders http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/autism_spectrum_disorder_diagnosis.html
 This is also done in co-operation with specialists such as psychologist, psychiatrist or neurologist.

 Nightmares

Are dreams where there is fear, anxiety, terror, being chased, ghosts, falling, all usually ending with the child ‘screaming’ out during the sleep.
Children can sometimes remember the dream and tell you of this so that as a parent you gently tell them all are well and they are safe.

Some of the causes are

Anxiety, stresses are the most common
Illness with a fever
Death of a loved one, being in a new house
Going to a new school – Divorce of parents
Scary movies, sight of violence – Medication
Foods – Feeling insecure
They may seem to be clingy, fearful, and tearful, cannot concentrate, anxious, or even sad.
Cannot settle within themselves at all, may have physical reactions of nail biting, weak bladder, diahorrea or cannot eat much or will tend to over eat.
In my clinic, I will be looking for when it all started, have there been changes in the child’s life, foods, school, exams, sight of an accident, finding out the character of the child, the dynamics within the home, also play an important role.

Bed-wetting

Children normally achieve night time dryness from the age of 1-2 yrs of age, this is when the bladder grows larger and the brain develops the ability to sense bladder fullness.
2-3 year old, develop the ability to void or inhibit voiding
4-5 years old develop an adult pattern of urinary control
Bed-wetting is normally self-limiting, as most children will grow out of it.

Causes of Bed-wetting

Neurological – as mentioned the bladder and the brain sending signals to each other
Infection – disease
Genetics – one or both parents
Physical abnormalities – small than normal bladder
Insufficient anti-diuretic hormone production
Stress – mental health professions regularly report that children begin wetting the bed during a conflict at home or school, moving to a new town, divorce, new baby, loss of a loved one, can cause insecurity.
Caffeine – increase urine production (coke, red bull & etc)
Food allergies – this is not in the high percentage
Sleep disorders – some children are heavy sleepers, sleep apnoea, snoring
Constipation – when bowels are full it will put pressure onto the bladder
ADHD – Improper toilet training
Dandelions – old folk legend that when children have handled these during the day, can cause bed wetting
Studies have shown that bed-wetting children are more likely to have behavioural problems and this can develop into low self-esteem
In recognizing all the physical, mental and emotional aspects of a person to decide the best remedy to suit that very unique person. This is can be acquired by a consultation.
There may be 30 remedies that would or could accommodate the symptoms, but the true character of the person will call for the correct remedy/ medicine to be prescribed.

Confidence

A trust or faith in a person or thing
A trusting relationship
Confidence is a firm belief on one’s own powers, abilities, or capabilities
Lack of confidence can result in many emotional and physical problems.
Restless legs nail biting, disturbed sleep patterns, nightmares, anxiousness, fear to try new things, difficult learning abilities.

Some Causes in Children 

Insecurity feeling or being a timid person
Divorce – Sudden changes
A fall or accident
Peer pressure – money, clothing, public or social expectations
Abuse – Verbal or Physical, being Bullied
Nightmares
Loosing trust in a friend or teacher or parent
Children are not always able to communicate the problems that they may be experiencing, so then they will compensate in other ways as to not deal with these feelings.
 They may not want to play sports, do a certain project that they had previously done, throw tantrums, pick a fight, cause a disturbance so that the attention is turned away from the task at hand.