Child Health
20 March 2016

How To Ease Anxiety In Children Naturally?

Anxiety in kids could be very distressing, causing problems with sleeping, eating and their regular activities. The reason behind the anxiety disorders in Ayurveda is pragya apradh (the unhealthy adaptation of physical and mental type leading into the mental imbalance).

Treating Your Child’s Anxiety Naturally

Adopt a Vata-Pacifying Lifestyle – In Ayurveda, anxiety is classified as a vata imbalance. Adopting a vata-pacifying lifestyle is the best natural option for your child, engaging your child in activities that are calming, relaxing, and nurturing could help.Practice Systematic Relaxation – Practice simple relaxation techniques with your child, such as taking three deep, slow breaths, breathing in for a count of three and out for three.Try Bedtime Massage – A bedtime massage is particularly calming for children with anxiety disorders.Follow Few Diet and Nutrition Tips – Parents who have reduced their child’s intake of sugar, refined foods, and foods with chemical additives (food dyes, preservatives, MSG, etc.) report significant improvement in their child’s behavior over four to eight weeks.Herbal supplements – Relieving anxiety by taking supplements of herbs that calm, soothe, and nourish the nervous system of your child include lemon balm, chamomile, hops, passion flower, skullcap, brahmi, valerian, and St. John’s Wort. Almond milk spiked with ginger and orange juice, and sweetened with honey, can also ease anxiety.

Other ways to ease anxiety in children

- Teach your child to recognize signs of anxiety in themselves and to ask for help when it strikes.- Children of all ages find regular routines reassuring so, if your child is feeling anxious, try to stick to regular daily routines where possible.- If your child is anxious because of distressing events, such as a bereavement or separation, see if you can find books or films that will help them understand their feelings.- Try not to become anxious yourself or overprotective

Dr. Nahush Ghate
(Child Specialist)

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