You know that question, “Do you also treat children?” It’s flattering, of course, because the parents have obviously come to trust you and now want to place the health care needs of their most precious asset in your hands.
From my years of experience treating children, you should give a simple answer to that: Yes!
To overcome the therapeutic challenges with children, you have to turn parents into co-therapists. Learn why and how in the following blog.
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Treatments for Children in Everyday Practice
What type of therapy works best for children? The spectrum in everyday practice ranges from susceptibility to infections, allergies, and intolerances to motor or mental development disorders – from kindergarten through school years to the first heartbreak.
Convivial companions are also flu-like infections, sleep disorders, and especially digestive problems, to name a few examples. Often, however, not only the therapeutic thought is in the foreground.
You have probably already made the experience that prevention plays an important role, especially with small children and infants. Statements such as: “We had a forceps birth”, or “I already have so many allergies. Can you do something so my child doesn’t get them?”, you’ve heard them more than once.
It is not unusual for parents to also wish for side effect management to conventional orthodox medicine, for example with sensible probiotics after repeated antibiotics.
Are You Treating Children or the Parents?
Children’s therapy is the epitome of order therapy. I have some good news and some bad news for you about that.
The good news first is – Children are very regulation-friendly by nature. They respond to the smallest therapeutic stimuli in a short time, quickly and clearly. This brings you joy and success for all involved. But – They also react quickly and clearly in the unfavorable senses.
For healthy re-tuning, young patients definitely need their natural order: a reliable loving environment, daily structure, healthy nutrition, sufficient exercise, contact with nature, and sufficient sleep, i.e. rhythm.
Now the bad news for you – children’s therapy means first and foremost working with parents. After all, parents are responsible for the order of their children’s lives, therefore, the key insight for your child therapy intervention is: make parents your co-therapists.
They will implement your therapy measures at home. Especially if your necessary measures seem logical and transparent to them. You make sure of that with factual information and personal experience.
Don’t be afraid to prove your therapy measures to the parents with appropriate links to websites, information portals, or experience reports. This creates transparency and at the same time gives parents the opportunity to credibly follow your expertise.
In this way, they act out of conviction and can implement, for example, the intake of micronutrients, dietary changes, and other measures with confidence at home.
Not Just Thinking About Change, but Actually Living It
You must convey to mothers and fathers that they are the real experts on their children. When treating children, you have a big and complex task ahead of you that requires simple and clear solutions. However, these do not come from knowledge, but only from your own practical implementation at home.
Encourage your patients, young or old, to change their behavior and offer to answer their questions in a timely manner. You can’t always know everything, but you should know who to ask and where to find more information on the question from the beginning “What type of therapy works best for children?”… 😉
On that note.