2010 January

Childhood Insomnia Treatment

Childhood insomnia is no laughing matter. If not taken 100% seriously, the child could grow up and develop chronic insomnia which would then lead to even more health problems. With such a serious sleeping disorder, do you really think it’s wise to approach the problem with childish methods and half-baked home remedies? Probably not!

How NOT to Cure Childhood Insomnia

The following remedies CAN be used to help alleviate insomnia symptoms; both in children and in adults. However, it’s important to know that these remedies provide a “temporary” solution, not a permanent cure.

– Herbal Tea
– Herbal Bath
– Herbal Pillow
– Herbal Candles/Incense
– Warm Milk
– Light Snack
– Lower Room Temperature
– No TV before bed
– No Sugar or Caffeine Before Bed
– Turn Off All Lights
– Sleeping Pills (Not Recommended!)
– Firm Mattress

This list of at-home remedies is easy, yes — but it’s not a “reliable” means to getting rid of childhood insomnia problems. If you want to stop insomnia before it develops into something worse, you need to use the big guns: You need to use Brainwave Entertainment!

Brainwave Entertainment

The name may sound a bit on the strange side, but rest assured, it’s a very simple & completely natural way to cure childhood insomnia.

How it Works: The principle behind this easy, at-home treatment is “sound”. Through the use of carefully calibrated sound waves — pulses, tones, rhythmic beating, etc. — the listener’s brainwaves are guided into a more natural rhythm; one that will cause sleep to happen in minutes instead of hours.

Why it Works: If sleep is to be achieved, the brain’s electrical pulses (brainwaves) must be slowed dramatically. If the brainwaves stay in their current state — the “wide awake & fully aware” state — it will be next to impossible for the individual to fall asleep and remain asleep. By changing the “pace” of the brainwaves and slowing them down, sleep will arrive faster and it’ll stay for far longer.

Where to Get It: Forget about department stores and local shops if you want to find a good brainwave entertainment CD. The best treatments they have for childhood insomnia are sleeping pills — which are definitely not good for children — and very useless “sounds of the ocean” and “sounds of the rain forest” CDs. Having said all that, steer clear of searching locally and just stick with online websites run by insomnia experts.

Remember, to cure childhood insomnia, you have to turn to MORE than just childish, nonsense-filled home remedies. They might be able to help, but they will NOT solve the problem.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Many of us have a rather “chubby” friend who has made the statement that they have thyroid problems or a lazy thyroid. They are probably just making up excuses to cover up the fact they eat too much. The lazy thyroid is just them being lazy. Or is it?

Well these statements they’ve made may not necessarily be far from the truth. Hypothyroidism is a disease of the thyroid gland that affects millions of people world wide. Often caused by an iodine deficiency, there are other conditions that may lead to thyroid problems including, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (an autoimmune disease), lacking a thyroid gland, or being deficient in hormones derived from the pituitary gland or hypothalamus. There is also a condition commonly found in women who have recently given birth, called postpartum thyroiditis.

Some common symptoms thyroid disease or hypothyroidism:

• Weight gain;
• Fatigue;
• Muscle weakness;
• Poor mental and school performance;
• Slow development of teeth;
• Delay in puberty;
• Goiter (enlargement of the thyroid gland in front of neck);
• Slow speech;
• Brittle or dry hair;
• Constipation;
• Dry skin;
• Muscular cramps.

Thyroid problems may be present at birth or show up later in life, depending on the cause and reasons for the disease. When the disease does show up in infants or small children it tends to require a life long commitment to treating and living with it.

Congenital hypothyroidism (CH) may be present at birth.
This is the most commonly found instance of the disease in youths. The thyroid gland may be under developed, out of place, or for some reason fails to produce the necessary hormones. Another form of the disease, which tends to disappear within a few months, is what is considered a transient form of CH and this is most likely caused by the mother being treated for Graves Disease while she was pregnant.

Additionally, there may be an acquired form of hypothyroidism in children, most often affecting older children and tending to be more common in girls than in boys. It may be the results of an autoimmune thyroid disease such as Hashimoto’s disease. It tends to remain with the individual for many years.
As far as testing to find out whether or not an infant for child may have hypothyroidism disease, there are tests to detect it called a PKU (phenylketonuria) or blood test. This is generally performed shortly after birth and can detect several maladies that may affect an infant.

Infants typically don’t display significant symptoms of a thyroid disease and they may have it for months without any treatment. For this reason, those early tests are proving to be valuable. Another way of detecting if an infant has hypothyroidism involves x-raying their legs and knee area. If hypothyroidism is present, this area, especially the knees will be under developed.

Taking a scan of a child who displays symptoms of a thyroid imbalance may help to determine whether the gland is improperly located, malformed, or even absent altogether. Detecting and treating the disease as young as possible can help eliminate it before there is much damage done.