Natural v’s Pharmaceutical

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This I know is a very controversial subject for many and one reason why I would love to share my views and to provide everyone with a different perspective…

With our children we are always learning and needing to make choices no matter what their specialty may be… It is the way life is and part of our job as parents to nurture our children in the best way we know how… For me the choice to be predominantly natural comes from many aspects in life, and to clarify I say predominantly as I do believe there is a place for mainstream medicine when I feel I am not able to find a solution…

With a son that is non-verbal I have had to learn to rely on my intuition and guidance to drive me in the right direction to assist him.  Don’t get me wrong this does not mean I have always been right either as there is times where I have allowed my ego to control the situation and I have had to learn lessons before finding a solution.  For me from early on I agreed it would be my sleep that was deprived, then we would look at natural options and only if there was no solution we would then look at mainstream medicine… Our son was not a great sleeper and this was one of our biggest issues…

Now I can hear you going is she crazy, sleep deprivation is insanity and I totally agree, it is and now I look and still wonder how I managed but know that it was for the best… Why? There is three reasons.  One, I was told once is what you doing now something you want him doing in 10 or 15 years, if not consider your options? Two,  I feel we often use options as a band-aid rather than finding a solution… Three—these children form habits easily and I did not want my child to create a habit that was detrimental to his long term well-being…

I have watched our son develop habits that are not only frustrating in some cases but may have been long term if we hadn’t of changed the situation. When I consider these situations I am glad that I questioned my decisions as I did not want my child to be dependent from such a young age for the rest of his life. I wanted to learn why he was not able to sleep well and I wanted him to learn how to sleep for his own benefit long term and I am glad we pursued this path as we have gained the reward of being able to better understand our sons sleep patterns and adjust routines and schedules to assist with maintaining this.

We have had behavioral issues present from anxiety, frustration and many other situations.  As these issues have arised we have worked through ways to resolve these and our son is learning how to self-regulate along with using appropriate communication when issues arise when he is not coping… It has meant we have reduced the daily issues we faced to occasional, it means we have found what works for him and the natural medicines we have used have been awesome.

What has this meant for us is that I do question what I offer our son and whether what we are doing has value now and in the future? Is it going to help him long term without creating a habit or addiction that may cause other issues later on and is it something he can use independently long term? If I feel this is the case then I will introduce it, if I don’t I will consider other options and what may be the best solution to assist him now and in the future…