Ask any primary school teacher and they will tell you that children go wild in the wind! Last week we had some unusually windy weather, and some very excitable and irritable children. In Chinese Medicine, we believe that people’s energy often responds to and reflects what is going on in the external environmental. Wind is very yang in nature – it is quick, changeable, unpredictable, suddenly flares up and then dies down again. And we often see children doing exactly this when they are out in the wind! As I’ve mentioned before, children are very yang in nature anyway (compared to adults) and so they particularly resonate with the wind. For most children, we hope that their response to the wind will, at worst, just mean their parents and teachers feel a bit more exhausted than normal at the end of the day. But for children with chronic conditions, such as hyperactivity, ADHD, headaches and skin diseases, particularly windy weather can mean a temporary flare up in their symptoms. We can’t change the weather, but there are a few things we can do to counterbalance the effect of the wind. Reducing any activities that generally stimulate and excite children, making sure that children wrap up when they go outside (particularly protecting their head, ears and neck), and making sure we keep sugar and additives to a minimum can all make a difference. Other than that, sit tight and wait for the wind to die down!
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