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Back to School

Going back to school can be a worrying time for children, as they face the challenges of the year ahead. Let’s look at things you can do to make the transition from summer holidays back to the school routine that bit easier for both children and their parents.

Lack of confidence and self esteem seems to be part and parcel of our modern lifestyle as a lot is expected of children today. Changing school or even just moving up a year can be upsetting, particularly for a sensitive child. If your child suffers from shyness or is lacking in self esteem then a gentle flower essence such as confidence essence may help. If your child is at all anxious about returning to school, the herbal remedy Avena sativa may help to calm nerves.

Children need a good breakfast to help set them up for the day ahead. Porridge is the best choice as it helps to sustain them until lunchtime. If you are giving your child packed lunches, try to make them as healthy as possible. Replace white bread, rice and pasta with wholemeal bread, brown rice and wholewheat pasta. A small amount of dried fruit such as apricots, dates or raisins makes a change from chocolate. Try experimenting with sprouted seeds. Easy to grow, they make a healthy, crunchy addition to any salad and what’s more, it’s something children can do themselves using either a jar or tiered germinator.

Head lice are all-to-common undesired school friends. Despite contrary belief, head lice are not only attracted to dirty hair. You are actually more likely to find them in clean hair. The best way to deal with them is to make sure you check your child’s head regularly. If your child does catch them, an extract derived from the neem seed such as Riddance herbal head lice treatment shampoo is a safe and gentle alternative to using chemical head lice treatments. If the thought of daily combing seems too much, bear in mind the fact that if you are using neem based products, there is no need to comb daily. You only need to use the nit comb to detect head lice before treatment and to confirm that they have gone once treatment is complete. It is much easier to detect nits in a child’s hair than head lice. After head lice have hatched, the empty shells remain attached to the hair shaft. That’s why it’s important to make sure that both the head lice and the empty shells have been removed.

For more tips and advice on head lice talk to one of the health experts live at A.Vogel http://avogel.co.uk/health/head-lice/

The return to school often sees children being laid low by some bug or other, despite having been healthy all summer long. Giving children an extract from the herb echinacea can help strengthen their immune system and help ward off any unwanted bugs. Encourage children to wash hands regularly to keep germs at bay.

Getting back into the school routine can sometimes take time but hopefully the above information will go some way to helping both children and parents do so without any undue stress.

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