Anxiety in children is growing.
Anxiety due to circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic is not just reserved for adults. Children are increasingly becoming stressed and anxious, especially as we head into back to school time. Will they be returning to the classroom? If they do, will they get sick or make someone else sick? If they are able to attend online and their parents have to work, who will take care of them?
Add to this the months of social distancing. For kids of all ages, being unable to visit with friends and extended family can be very difficult. For smaller children, activities like exploring parks and playgrounds, which are wonderful ways to burn energy, have also been limited or eliminated.
Anxiety can also be triggered by circumstances in the home. When family members are feeling burdened by financial instability, lost jobs, excessive worrying about the virus, etc. – kids can and do pick up on the emotional stress felt by the adults in their life.
CBD can help.
While many adults are familiar with the calming benefits CBD can offer them, they may be unaware that CBD is also safe and beneficial for children.
As a matter of fact, in 2018 the FDA approved Epidiolex, a CBD drug developed for children with a specific form of epilepsy.
In addition, research has indicated that children may safely take daily doses of up to 20 milligrams per kilogram of body weight. This conclusion was for addressing a specific need and we are sharing the study as reassurance of the safety of CBD.
The Auntie Dolores line of organic full spectrum hemp CBD oil is ideal for both adults and children. We recommend either our 1500 mg oil flavored with cinnamon, or our 750 mg oil, which is unflavored, yet still delicious. The oils come with a scored pipette, making it easy to personalize the ideal dose.
We recommend a starting dose of 25 mg for children up to age 15, once or twice a day. If the benefits are not realized at this dose, it can be increased. If the child seems sleepy after a 25 mg dose, consider lowering to 15 or 20 mg.
For adults (and children 16+) we recommend 50 mg as a starting dose. Again, this can be personalized based on individual needs.
Recognizing anxiety in children
The following are common signs a child is experiencing anxiety:
- Needing reassurance (are we going to get sick?)
- Clinging to parents
- Headaches or stomachaches
- Having meltdowns or throwing tantrums
- Difficulty sleeping
Tips to help children through a stressful time
According to Jerry Bubrick, PhD, a clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute, the following are ways to help diffuse anxiety in children:
Structure their day
Children thrive on structure. Alternate chores or schoolwork with more fun activities and periods of free time.
Avoid giving too much reassurance
Kids can come to rely on the reassurance and want to hear it more and more often — and when a parent isn’t able to give them complete reassurance their anxiety can worsen
Avoid sharing your worries with your children. If you are feeling anxious, find a way to ground yourself
Practice mindfulness activities together
Focus on being in the moment
Accentuate the positive
That the family is playing games together, that he or she is becoming a great cook, etc.
Adding CBD to a child’s daily regimen will help them feel calm, balanced, more at ease and can make it easier for them to accept and thrive with these new protocols.
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