Easy Health Tips

We are going to look at some general health questions we have been asked on the Family Noticeboard.

What should I do to help my son aged 11 get to sleep more easily?  He takes ages to go to sleep, is very restless and then tired in the morning.

The things I am going to discuss are also applicable to adults.  So, the first thing to consider is whether he has a proper sleep routine in place.  This is important even for children and teens.  Playing on the computer or x-box for long periods before bed can actually wake up the brain, making it difficult to fall asleep.  Watching television can also have the same effect.  Make sure any drinks taken after 4-5pm have no caffeine in as this can have a stimulating effect that lasts into the night.  Sometimes a bath before bed can help someone unwind or try a milky drink (but not one with caffeine in) or a lettuce sandwich an hour before bed.  Finally, it is worth trying some magnesium supplementation particularly if your child/teen suffers with restless legs.

My daughter is starting senior school and she is starting to worry.  Is there anything I can give her to help her at this time?

I would consider getting some Dr Bach rescue remedy which is safe and easy to take.  You can get it from Holland and Barretts, Boots and even some supermarkets.  Put four drops in a glass of water and give that to her daily for about a week before she starts school.  You can also put 4 drops in a water bottle for her to take to school until she has settled in.  This is also useful before exams or driving tests etc.

My child has bad eczema and her usual medicine from the doctors is not making much difference.  I am worried that if I took her to a complementary therapist she would have to come off her medication or put her on some kind of strict diet.

Many homeopaths see children who are on conventional medication (also adults).  Generally, they work with the patient and the medication they are on.  Therefore they probably won’t ask you to stop any prescription medication.

Lara Stuart

Lara is an experienced complementary therapist. She obtained a BSc (Hons) in health sciences for complementary medicine and went on to train in reflexology, aromatherapy, reiki, homeopathy and Dr Bach flower remedies.

She is currently working on a Macmillan Unit providing complementary therapies for people who have cancer, and has a private practice in Lancaster. Lara can advise on health issues affecting the whole family.

If you would like to book a personal consultation please call Lara on 01524 824581

Any information given must not replace the advice from your doctor. If you are in any doubt about your symptoms, you must contact your GP.