Brighton Naturally Homeopathy in Brighton, Hove, UK and Internationally

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Rachel Gawne

Specialising in child and teen health



Anxiety. Anxious child

We all want a blissful happy childhood for our children with no troubles or problems, but it's not always easy for kids, no matter how hard we as parents or carers try.

As children go through from babies to toddlers, school children to teens, the developmental jumps that happen both mentally and physically are huge. Coupled with gradual changes in a child's environment - the first separation from mum, going to nursery, the big leap into school etc are bound to throw up some issues for children.

It is at school age when they are moving daily between the two quite different environments of home and school, and understanding they need to do that there can be issues. Schools are under constant pressure to produce better results for less resources and it inevitable that this pressure affects some children. Coupled with the hot house of friendships, socialising and expectation, anxiety levels can rise.

Common Signs of Anxiety

Cognitive

  • Concentration difficulties
  • Catastrophising events
  • Worrying
  • Perfectionism
  • Memory problems
  • Over reactions
  • Hyper vigilant
  • Lack of confidence


  • Behavioural
  • Shyness
  • Withdrawal
  • Frequent questions
  • Frequent need for reassurance
  • Need for sameness
  • Excessive talking
  • Restlessness
  • Habit behaviours (biting nails, twirling hair)
  • Impulsiveness


  • Physical
  • Trembling/shaking
  • Increased heart rate
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Flushing of skin
  • Stomach aches or nausea
  • Muscle tension
  • Sleep problems


  • Anxiety. girl slightly sulky

    It is not unusual to see

  • Children who are bossy and demanding at home but meek and quiet at school.
  • Children who feel overwhelmed with the amount of school work or their level of achievement when compared with the rest of the class
  • Children who lose confidence in their ability to make friends and socialise, feeling ostracised
  • Children who are bullied or bullying
  • Children who continue to struggle with separation from parents/home life beyond Reception class and into later school years
  • Children presenting with a growing list of fears and phobias
  • Children who struggle to focus, concentrate and sit down for large parts of the day


  • Common recommended coping skills include problem solving, positive self-talk, learning to relax mentally and physically, learning to ask for help and support, talking back to unhelpful thoughts. Good resources include Just Breath and Big Life Journal.

    Homeopathy is a non-toxic, non-addictive alternative therapy that offers a range of remedies for anxiety, worrying, anger and so on. Each remedy is a different picture just as each child is individual. An example is the remedy Calcarea Carbonica (Calc Carb):

    A child who need Calc Carb is usually worried about what others think of her and is very sensitive to criticism. She is timid, unsure of herself and anxious; she looks for protection and does not push herself forward. She is afraid of being made fun of. She does not like to try things that are difficult for her for fear of failure and being teased. As soon as she feels safe and secure, she relaxes and feels fine.
    She may have a fear of the dark and nightmares; there are usually quite a few fears, such as the dark, spiders, dogs, thunderstorms, monsters, sleeping alone etc.
    Physically there are ear, nose and throat problems and digestive troubles.

    Another example is Natrum Muriaticum (Nat Mur):

    This remedy is for hidden grief from painful experiences. This child feels sad, depressed and irritable. He hates cuddles and kind words and pushes them away. This child does not easily confide in this parents or teachers. He does not like to be sociable. The Nat Mur child is tired both physically and mentally and is prone to pounding headaches. He will be polite and tries not to attract attention, but he is also sensitive, very emotional and can burst into tears. He has a strong sense of justice and sometimes this sense of fairness can cause problems with their friends at school. On the positive side a Nat Mur child is responsible and mature.
    Physical symptoms include headaches, constipation, asthma, skin problems and bedwetting.



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