Common symptoms in children - the environmental approach

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Very often I do not have a clue about which symptoms are caused by what factors. I just apply the general environmental approach to the problem and it usually sorts itself out.

See The general approach to maintaining and restoring good health

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The general approach

The general physical approach (I would not presume to advise on psychological aspects) is:

Exclude serious pathology

If these basic essentials do not bring about results, it is probably wise to consult a doctor to exclude serious pathology, do urine testing for infection (multistix - see Urine MULTISTIX analysis interpretation and Urine analysis) and maybe do blood tests for anaemia and thyroid function (insist on a Free T4, Free T3 and TSH - see Thyroid profile: free T3, free T4 and TSH).

Common associations

Colic in babies: dairy allergy - see Colicky babies - diagnosis and treatment and Cow's milk allergy - a common cause of problems in children and adults

Hypothyroidism: - see Thyroid disease - how to persuade your GP to diagnose and treat

Catarrhal children: dairy allergy - see Cow's milk allergy - a common cause of problems in children and adults

Constipation: dairy allergy, dehydration, lack of probiotics, lack of exercise. See Constipation and Exercise - if you don't use it you lose it

Behaviour problems and poor scholastic performance: - diets high insugar, refinced carbohydrate and fruit juices - see Hyperactivity - on the go all the time, no peace!. Many find that Enzyme Potentiated Desensitisation (EPD) helps.

Recurrent viral infections: allergy and nutritional deficiencies. See Viral infections - avoid them and treat them aggressively

Failure to thrive: wheat allergy and/or coeliac disease. Any food allergy or nutritional deficiency. See Allergy - not just avoidance

Headaches, "abdominal migraine", "growing pains", "grumbling appendix": think food allergy. See Allergy - not just avoidance

Fatigue: I would treat fatigue in children exactly the same as in adults. See Fatigue category on left hand panel

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