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My Sick Child: How much illness is too much?

My child is sick…..again!

I have a three year old boy and just when I think we are on the right track towards staying healthy, he gets sick again! As a parent this can be the most frustrating thing. Sick kids cause late nights and a grumpy parent who has to rush off to work in the morning. No one is happy in these scenarios. You may be starting to wonder, is there something wrong with my child? Does my child get sick too much? This blog will talk about specific symptoms and what you can do to help from home.

Does your child suffer from headaches and/or migraines?

Alumni Brea Hallen and son RyderBrea Hallen, mom of Ryder (7) and Ella (2) has been helping her son with his migraines for several years. Brea explains, “Ryder was about 5 years old when the migraines started. Every time he gets one they come on really fast. One minute he will be OK, then all of a sudden he’s holding his head in his hands and whimpering in pain.

After Ryder starts having these symptoms he is quickly nauseous and likely to vomit. After which he takes a long nap, then wakes up without any migraine symptoms.

Unfortunately Ryder is not alone,  10% of school-age children suffer from migrainesaccording to the Migraine Research Foundation. Even headaches are becoming more common in school age children. Headaches are often accompanied by stress, or emotional manifestations.


How can you help at home?

Headaches                                                   Migraines

Hot or cold compress on the templesHave your child’s vision checked
Lay down with head elevatedA single dose of over-the-counter acetaminophen or ibuprofen
Head massage to bring blood flowCould be deficient in: B12, Magnesium
Essential oils (peppermint) on the templesBoth standard and needle-free acupuncture can be done on children
Rest in a dark roomStart a migraine journal and record each migraine to look for triggers/patterns
Start a food diary to eliminate food triggersInvestigate a possible head injury or concussion that went untreated
Sleep More sleep
WaterExtra water
Stress ManagementReduce stress


Colds, flus, fevers?

Do you ever feel like you wish there was some way to keep your child from getting sick? I know I have, however the nurses at Comanche County Memorial Hospital discuss how natural and

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normal it is for children to get sick over and over in the earlier years of life. Could the illness actually be considered a good thing?

The CCMH website writes, “Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers get about seven to eight colds a year. During school age, they average five to six colds a year. Teenagers finally reach an adult level of four colds a year. In addition to colds, children get the lovely diarrhea illnesses, with or without vomiting, two to three times a year. Some children tend to get high fevers with most of their colds or they have a sensitive tummy and develop diarrhea with the cold symptoms.”

After children turn 6 months old their mom’s immunity, that they received in the womb, starts  my sick childnaturally fading to build their own immune system. Toddlers today can be exposed to viruses everywhere, no matter how much you sanitize. Developing immunity to these infections during childhood is actually a good thing! While staying home with your sick child is hard to deal with, parents at Maharishi School have another tool to help combat illness called Transcendental Meditation®.

How does Maharishi School combat illness?

At Maharishi School, we use Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique to provide students with a way to balance their own body, mind, and to promote optimal learning. Maharishi School wants to set our kids up with the best tools in order to succeed. We believe TM® is one of those tools. By offering our students a way to release stress we are combating inflammation in the body which A Maharishi School student practices Transcendental Meditation in Fairfield, Iowa. Photo credit Fotoveda.leads to illness. For example, a 2012 review of 163 studies that was published by the American Psychological Association concluded that TM® had relatively strong effects in reducing anxiety, negative emotions, trait anxiety and neuroticism while aiding learning, memory and self-realization.

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