Depression in children
When your sweet little kiddo is just not feeling good. It happens to all of us parents. We try to make them feel better the best way we know how. But it doesn’t always have the desired results. So what do you do when you notice your little one is simply not feeling right?
It took a while for your kiddo to start feeling this way and it will take a while to resolve the issues your child is struggling with. Give them time. Give them space. Tell them that their feelings are totally ok and that nothing is “wrong” with them. If you can, share if you have ever had those same feelings so they can relate and may feel less alone. Encourage them to solve this together with you and reassure them that you are there to help through it.
Talk to your child
Any parent who’s ever asked, “How was school?” and got the response, “Fine” knows that children can be reticent. When a child is depressed they are even less likely to talk. Create low stress and low distraction activities for your child to create an opening for conversation. Take a walk or cook together and ease your child into non-pressuring communication with you. If your child is preschool/kindergarten age and you can’t get them to open up, teach them how to communicate their feelings with pictures and open-ended questions. This is a method I used every day as a preschool teacher and it often very quickly taught the child how to express their thoughts and feelings.
Be your child’s advocate
Read up about depression. Learn about the symptoms, causes and treatment. The more you know, especially about treatment options, the more effectively you can advocate for your child in the health care system and at school. If you end up having to consult a doctor, make sure they are knowledgeable, caring and someone who really listens. Take charge of your child’s treatment. You may have to be tough and persistent, but this is your child and you have to speak for them if they can’t speak for themselves.
Go back to basic
These days there is a lot of pressure on young children. Parents are not always present. Children are often raised and massively influenced by TV, internet and social media. Modern technology stops them from doing the things we used to do when we were young. We played outside until dark. We played and fought with our friends and learned how to be creative and solve problems. Modern day kids put their thoughts and feelings on social media and are under constant peer pressure to be, look or act a certain way.
Go back to basic. Take your kiddo outside. Play, run, build sandcastles and make mud pies. Go for a walk, pick up leaves, talk about the seasons and soak up some sunlight and fresh air. Talk, make jokes, chase each other, laugh and most of all; connect and bond with each other. Build feelings of trust so your child feels safe relying on you when it comes to their deepest feelings and fears. reinforce the bond between a parent and child
Try natural solutions
The history of the effect of essential oils on the emotions has been long documented. Not only that, I speak from experience within my own family when it comes to aromatherapy and the amazing effect essential oils have on how you feel. Before you take your child to a doctor and get them on prescription medication, try going back to nature. Try natural remedies the way people have for thousands of years. What do you have to lose? Our essential oils are 100% natural and the most tested and trusted essential oils in the world. They are used in hospital and veteran homes to battle PTSD and they are proven to be very effective when it comes to balancing moods and emotions.
We have a specific essential oil emotional aromatherapy kit that contains 6 amazing oils that balance and counteract certain emotions. These oils are fantastic to diffuse around your child when they need them. We also have a “touch” version of this kit, that is a diluted (with fractionated coconut oil) ready-to-go kit in 10 ml roller bottles that are safe and ready to be applied on the skin. Your child can take these to school or wherever they go and use them as they need them. You only need 2-5 drops in a diffuser so these bottles will last you quite a while.
If you are hesitant to try this kit, get a few single oils that your child likes and create their own personal “happy oil” for them in a 10 ml roller bottle diluted with fractionated coconut oil. That way they always have their oil that they love with them and they can apply it when they feel they need to. You will have enough oil to fill up quite a few roller bottles.
Feel free to email me if you have any questions, and if you’re ready to give this kit a try you can go shopping here. Let’s get that sweet kiddo of yours smiling again!