Natural solutions to help calm your children

Whether you’re trying to calm down your child after a play date or trying to talk them down from a temper tantrum, we can all agree that finding ways to relax your child can be challenging. Children are naturally extremely active and energetic, but when this energy becomes unfocussed and scattered, it can lead to extreme behaviour, leaving you and your child stressed.

With the help of some natural remedies such as Lactium®, Chamomile and magnesium, calming your children down may be more achievable than you think.

Children suffer from stress too
Just like adults, children face daily stressors that can result in overreactions and behaviour that’s out of character. Frustration is an unavoidable part of your child’s life as they learn about the world and how they fit in it.

• Stress in children can be the result of -
• Learning problems
• Anxiety provoking environments
• Lack of problem solving skills and poor communication of wishes and needs to adults
• Sleep deprivation

When children become stressed, their bodies start to go into flight or fight mode. This reaction stimulates stress hormones including adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol, to be released into their bodies. These hormones form part of an innate physiological reaction that begins preparing their bodies to run or fight. Some tell-tale signs that your child may be going into flight or fight mode include; increased heart rate and breathing, pupil dilation, increased perspiration and lower impulse control. Once this response has begun, it can be hard to calm your child down.

New research into the calming effects of milk
Ever wondered why your mum recommended a big glass of milk before bed? They believed that milk had relaxing and calming properties. This belief was confirmed with the discovery of Lactium®, a milk protein seen to have the calming effect on babies after they drink milk.

The relaxing effects of Lactium® have been reviewed by several clinical studies in recent years. In one study, the efficacy of Lactium® was established during a clinical trial with 52 individuals over a 30 day period. After this period, researchers found that Lactium® had a calming effect on stress responses and stabilising effects on sleep. Lactium’s® calming properties are thought to be a result of its effect on gamma-amino-butyric acid (GABA) pathways. GABA is a neurotransmitter with calming effects on the brain.  Low levels of GABA are associated with the development of anxiety and stress disorders.

How do I administer Lactium® to my child?
Lactium® can be given to children on an as-needed basis to encourage a state of calm or cope with specific stressful situations. Lactium® can be taken -
• Prior to stress - Lactium® can be taken at least one hour before an event if excitability or anxiousness is expected.
• Ongoing - Lactium® can be taken on a daily basis if children are encountering ongoing stress

Lactium® is beneficial for sleeping problems
Your child’s quality of sleep can impact the way they react to stressful situations. During sleep, your child’s body has an opportunity to rest and repair from the day’s activities. When children suffer from sleep deprivation they can become moody, irritable, hyperactive and emotional. Giving your child Lactium® one hour before bed will help your child settle down and help them get a better night’s sleep.

When children are well rested, they are more likely to have a better response to stressful situations the next day. In clinical trials, Lactium® was found to have no side effects and no ongoing sedative effect (even at high doses). This makes Lactium® a good choice to support the health of your child’s nervous system. Other natural remedies that can help to calm children -

Chamomile for gentle relaxation
Chamomile is a herb that’s been used for thousands of years to soothe and calm restless children. Its gentle relaxing action has made it the herb of choice when treating children. Chamomile provides effective results for children who experience irritability, anxiety and insomnia. In addition, Chamomile is helpful in relieving digestive complaints including bloating, indigestion and flatulence.

Magnesium for nervous system health
Magnesium is a mineral that’s important for maintaining the health of your child’s nervous system. Magnesium’s calming effects play an integral role in relaxing your child’s nervous system during periods of stress. During times of stress, magnesium is excreted from the body in higher levels, often depleting your child’s body of magnesium stores. Low levels of magnesium can contribute to anxiety, irritability and insomnia.

The best food sources of magnesium include leafy green vegetables, almonds, cashews, figs, eggs legumes and wholegrain cereals. If you have a fussy child that doesn’t consume many of these foods, you will be able to find a magnesium supplement in chewable tablets or powder form.

Written By Juliet Cox
Juliet Cox holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) and has been involved in the natural health industry for 10 years. With a passion for nutrition and herbal medicine, Juliet loves to share her knowledge to help people achieve their health and fitness goals.

References
Lactium, stress management through nutrition. Retrieved on 20/2/2015 at http://www.lactiumusa.com/
Magnesium, the stress reliever. Retrieved on 20/2/2015 at http://www.healthy.net/Health/Essay/Magnesium_The_Stress_Reliever/74
Lactium, (yet to be published in peer reviewed journal)
Bone, K (2003), A Clinical Guide to Blending Liquid Herbs, Missouri, Churchill Livingstone.
Osiecki H (2014), The Nutrient Bible, 9th Edition, Queensland, Bio Concepts Publishing.

A product you make like to consider using which contains Lactium, Chamomile and Magnesium is Herbs of Gold Children’s Calm Care.

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