What’s worse than you being sick? Probably your kids being sick!
Being physical unwell can ruin anyone’s day. Energy levels plummet and it really can be a good-mood buster. Kids can get frustrated because sometimes it’s not easy to verbalize what’s going on.
It can be tough for both child + parent.
And it goes beyond physical health.
So to help parents and other primary caretakers, here are some tips from different wellness practitioners in Singapore.
Illness is a symptom of an underlying imbalance – take advantage of it to find out the true cause and help your child enjoy well-being.
13 Tips from Singapore’s Alternative + Holistic practitioners
1 Go Natural
Always treat children with natural medicine and safe herbs as the first defense as we need to build their immunity and not suppress with medication. However, children’s liver metabolism is slower and absorption is high so precaution is necessary for the safe use of herbs. It is also important to use good quality herbs. Remember – just because it is traditional medicine or natural doesn’t make it safe.
Best to seek professional advice and guidance.
The first aid for fever is to drink warm yarrow tea. For prevention, drink nettle tea and put coriander leaves in their food.
Sebastian Liew, Sebastian Liew Centre
Medical Herbalist + Author of From Leaf to Life: Unlock the Secrets to True Health
2 “Let Food Be Your Medicine”
Optimal nutrition is paramount for kids – their bodies are going through amazing changes and need support from a diet packed with nutrients. It also goes a long way to stave off illnesses.
If you do have a picky eater, try fruit smoothies with a couple of dark green leafy veggies thrown in to boost the vitamin and mineral content. Where possible, use organic veggies to reduce the intake of chemical residues.
In addition, for general kid’s health, I recommend a good quality whole-food-based multi-vitamin containing Vitamin C and D, Fish oils/omega 3 and a probiotic for gut health to ensure assimilation of nutrients. This is especially important if they have had a course of antibiotics.
3 Strengthen the Immune System + Beyond
If your child is constantly sick with upper respiratory infections, has eczema or asthma, it’s a clear sign your child has a weak immune system. Don’t ignore it. Explore possibilities of food intolerance and supplement your child with the right supplements to strengthen the immune system. Treating with antibiotics may cure the symptoms but you need to treat the cause.
4 Get Outside
Get in the sun and in the dirt.
We produce the very important Vitamin D when we are exposed to sunlight. This vitamin is needed by every cell in the body and essential to a whole host of functions, including bone, muscle, and hormone development.
So leave off chemical-laden sunscreens and let the kids play in the sun. Use instead natural sunscreens like Young Living Lavender essential oil for protection during peak hours. The key is not to get sunburned.
And kick off those shoes, or sandals.
Not only does exposure to natural bacteria help kids build up their immune system, health benefits from the connection with the earth are backed by scientific proof. Known as grounding or earthing, going barefoot in dirt and grass helps flood the body with electrons to balance the overabundance of positive charge that comes from being indoors and exposed to EMF sources like the computer and iPads.
5 Don’t Skip a Stage
Balancing the different development stages of life (oral, anal, genital..) in a child is essential as when a phase is not fully integrated it can have repercussions later on at the physical and emotional levels. There are specific protocols in Nutripuncture to restore the information, even at the adult age.
Nutripuncture Practitioner + Director of Nutripuncture Singapore
6 Start with Yourself, the Parent
Your children are your mirrors. Make sure they are clean and that they reflect the best of you.
If your children are not behaving or being the kind of children you have dreamed of or would like to have, take a deep breath and ask – what kind of parent am I? Am I being the kind of parent who is creating by deed and example, the kind of children I want? If the answer is no, no worries – time to learn a different way and re-align.
Children, especially teenagers, don’t want or need to be fixed. They want and need empathy and to be stimulated to find their own answers and solutions.
Eugenia Gajardo, Know Thyself
Psychotherapist, Counsellor + Life Coach
Love and more love! Plus boundaries. Clear boundaries.
Children need their parents to be parents, not best mates! They need communication and time out from your day for them, just to talk and for you to listen.
Kids don’t need to be talked at. Even when you feel you are not getting through, they take it all in and process it all!
They are amazing magical beings and at times their profound sense of what is important and what is not important is 100% spot on.
Kids need space just to be who they have come here to be.
Respect and appreciate the smallest things they do.
Intuitive Counsellor, Energy Healer, Medical Intuitive based in Australia and a regular visiting practitioner to Singapore
8 Make it Safe
Children thrive best knowing the world is a safe place to grow up in.
They have a strong need for predictability in the care they receive. That means for parents to be consistent in their actions and have boundaries in place which have to be adapted to the age and development of the child.
Respect kids as you would like to be respected and don’t underestimate how well they already know themselves and their needs. Really listen to them without your “parents know best” hat on is critical.
Don’t assume you know what they need – every human being is unique!
And if you don’t shut them down, they will grow up with a very strong sense of self and avoid addictions and bad choices.
There are so many things kids can do to keep well and happy, but there is one thing they can do above all else to help with their skin, attitude, mental awareness, and most importantly, their health.
What is this one amazing fix-it-all?
It’s simply water.
Water has benefits far outweighing anything else they can do for themselves. It is an easy instant solution to so many things. It is natural, revitalizing, readily available, and soothing for the body. My advice is to reach for water every time for rehydration and any feeling of disharmony physically or mentally and literally see the benefits shine through.
Drinking water is all about getting into the habit of it. If your kids don’t like the taste of plain water, add lemon, strawberries, oranges, etc to give it a slightly fruity flavour. Get them used to drinking water when they are young so it is their first reach when thirsty. Avoid soda drinks at all costs.
Jin Shin Jyutsu + EFT Practitioner, Jin Shin Jyutsu Self Help Teacher, Advanced Practitioner of Soul Property and Business Realignment + Writer
11 Walk the Talk
Children do what we do so if we are trying to get our kids to eat healthy and stay active, then the parents have to be living it first. This is Walk the Talk in a real, meaningful way. At first my kids have begrudgingly eaten some of what I eat. Over time, they have come around, and have stopped whining. I don’t see any other way around it, really.
I also declare one day a week when we relax and eat whatever we like with no censure. Seems to work for me and them!
Sally May Tan
Certified Health Coach, Speaker + Entrepreneur
12 Have that Talk
Your child will begin asking questions about his body and the bodies of others when he is two or three years old. He or she will start to notice the differences between men and women, and will begin to verbalize that confusion and seek answers from you.
Here’s how you can educate and guide your own child:
• If your child is exploring his or her body and genitals in public or at inappropriate times, explain that while it feels good to touch the penis or the vulva, they are private parts and this touching should only occur in private.
• Teach your children that their private parts are their own and that no one else should touch them, other than parents/ caregivers who are helping to wash. Also, let them know that other people’s private parts are off-limits too.
• Enforce the lessons of “good touch” and “bad touch” at this age. Good touching is wanted and feels okay; bad touching is when they don’t want to be touched. Teach your child to say, “Don’t touch me that way” if someone ever touches them in a way that they don’t want to be touched, and to inform you or a teacher.
Dr Martha Tara Lee
Sexologist, Sexuality Education, Speaker + Writer
13 Find their Type
Finding out their personality type or archetype through the Enneagram, for example, or looking at their astrological chart can shed some light on the vulnerabilities they chose to come into this life with.
Having this information is like having secret keys to help you navigate through parenthood and help support the amazing being that your child is.
Their personality type can allow you insight on how they tend to deal with other people, issues or new situations. Their astrological blueprint can highlight bodily weaknesses and other points of resistance.
Discovering another layer of their strengths and vulnerabilities can be a great tool in connecting with and supporting your child. Of course this is all a blueprint and not a box. It’s a jumping off platform for kids to grow up with a strong foundation in order to express all facets of who they are, which is the key to true wellness.