Because of their natural openness, sensitivity and responsiveness, babies, toddlers and even older children are more likely than adults to become stressed out when they are tired, hungry, frustrated or overexcited. While enthusiastic toward new experiences and learning, children have a limited tolerance for the stressors of daily life. Sometimes all it takes is a little support – a break, a nap, a snack, a cuddle. Other times, they need an extra boost to get them back on track – and that is where Quiet Calm comes in.
The mind and nervous system of a young child are rapidly changing along with the rest of their bodies. Many youngsters have not yet learned how to adjust smoothly to the flux that surrounds them and the enormous changes that are occurring internally. Though healthy, robust children appear outwardly tough and resilient, their immaturity and inexperience make them vulnerable to overstimulation and information overload. Often, but not always, tantrums, crying spells, nightmares, agitation, irritability and anxiety are harbingers of the normal and expected evidence of growth: teething, hormonal surges, sudden hungers and food cravings, meeting new people, adapting to playgroups and babysitters, urges toward independence, and fears surrounding separation, peer group pressure, school rules and achievement all conspire to upset the apple cart of daily life for the little one.
Any interruption of routine, enjoyable or not, expected or not, can undermine a child’s equilibrium, resulting in mood swings and hypersensitivity. It is especially challenging for older, verbal children who are beginning to recognize and delight in their own competence and power to suddenly be unable to accomplish a task, or even know what it is that will satisfy them – they need help in recovering their usual attitude of cheerful curiosity, and a sense of ease within themselves. The additional expectation for young, school-age children to sit quietly at their desks, self-consciously focus their attention and not be distracted by nearby activities adds another challenge to their capacity to cope with stress.
Quiet Calm is safe and sound. It is neither a sedative nor a tranquilizer, but rather a nurturer of the brain and marrow. It assists children in cultivating their self-regulating capacities and maintaining their emotional equilibrium, working in the following ways:
- Helps to alleviate occasional mood swings, crying spells, gloominess.
- Eases occasional agitation, anxiety, timidity, anger.
- Aids in maintaining healthy memory, concentration and focus.
- Helps relieve occasional difficulty falling or remaining asleep.
- Helps relieve occasional difficulties with the sinuses, throat or ears.
Caution should be taken when combining this remedy with over-the-counter or prescription medications. Be sure to communicate with your Oriental Medicine practitioner regarding all medications your child is currently taking or has recently taken.
Stay tuned for next week’s post about Grow & Thrive – a nourishing digestive aid!
* Article Source: Gentle Warriors Pediatric Formula Guide