When you have a child who just won’t sleep or settle, no matter what, it can be very distressing, disrupting your family’s whole life. You can feel overwhelmed by the uncertainty of how to help your child and worried about the implications of inadequate sleep on their development and health – as well as your own sanity too!
This was the case for a mum who came to see me desperate to find a solution for her two-year-old son, Dara.
What follows is a heartwarming story of how in just over two weeks with a personalised homeopathic prescription, we resolved six months of sleeplessness that had been causing the whole family untold stress and worry.
On a typical night, it could take an hour or two to settle Dara down for sleep because he would fight sleep, out of what seemed like a stubbornness, even if he was visibly tired.
Dara would only fall asleep if someone stayed with him throughout the night. He would often wake and cry out in distress. He would stay awake until someone came to soothe him. Even if his parents were able to get him back to sleep, it would never last long.
To the other extreme, he would wake multiple times each night and want to get up because he was full of energy, despite it being the middle of the night.
Eventually, Dara’s behaviour began to regress to that of a younger baby. He had also developed a speech delay.
Before these difficulties with sleeping began, Dara was able to soothe himself to sleep, and his parents had put any challenges down to teething or different milestones. After countless sleepless nights spent pacing the halls and almost sick with worry for him, though, they began to think that something else was going on. Hence, his mum came to me for help.
During our conversations, we found out Dara had been having trouble sleeping since his mum fell pregnant again and she and her husband had started to talk about the new baby. This seemed to have been at the root of his anxiety.
The next step was to come up with a plan to help Dara and his family.
When I choose a homeopathic remedy to help someone, I’m always interested in knowing more about that person’s character. All our homeopathic remedies have “picture profiles” so I need to understand their state of health, what makes them tick, their moods, energy levels, and their likes and dislikes.
His mum described Dara as headstrong and stubborn. She told me if he had set his heart and mind on something, it would be nigh on impossible to change his mind. He was happy to play by himself and comfortable mixing with other children. His strongest characteristic was “persistence”. She felt he was a “soft boy”, who loved affection and cuddles. He was also cautious and aware of danger. For instance, he wouldn’t go up the stairs. He was irritable and cranky when tired and would resist bedtime even if he was fighting to keep his eyes open.
I prescribed a remedy and the changes both parents shared at our follow-up, just over 2 weeks later were remarkable.
Within a week, both his parents noticed a significant difference in Dara. His speech improved enormously, leaving the family in awe. Even members of the extended family noticed remarkable progress in his language skills. His vocabulary improved, his anxiety levels decreased, and he no longer panicked or called out frantically when his mother stepped out of the room.
His mum said, he was soon sleeping more comfortably and settled without waking.
“The homeopathic remedy has been amazing. We’ve been delighted with it. He’s like a different child. It has changed our lives. He’s sleeping throughout the night.”
“The remedies have really helped with his anxiety,” says his delighted mum. “Before, if I stepped out of the room, he would normally panic and call after me ‘mummy, mummy, mummy’ but he’s perfectly ok now when that happens.
I can’t believe for the first time we’ve been able to send him to stay with our parents. He has never been away from us before. He ended up staying for two nights. There was a huge shift for him.
The remedy was bang on the money. You said he could potentially have a developmental burst, and once he started taking the remedy, we could see that with the burst of speech. It’s like he’s growing up.”
His mum told me about how Dara’s attitude to bedtime has completely changed in just a short time.
“He now wants to get up at 7am, rather than 5:30am. He’s not fighting going to bed and goes easily now, without tears. Funnily enough, he runs off ahead of us, rather than running away from bedtime. Before, we had to hold his hand, stroke his hair, or sit beside him. There’s been none of that in the last two weeks.”
As the healing continued, one of the most heartwarming changes I heard of was Dara’s flourishing independence and confidence. The remedy helped relieve his anxiety and let him explore the world without constant worry. He blossomed into a more assertive and self-assured toddler, bringing happiness and relief to his parents. Both Dara and his parents enjoy their newfound freedom and breathe easier.
“He has become much more independent. He’s in a new era of independence. He’s less soft and becoming much more assertive. I can’t get over how effective the remedy has been. It’s taken away my anxiety. I was so worried about him. He was such a sensitive soul and I can see him blossoming and becoming more independent and confident in himself,” reported his mum.
I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to hear that, and to have been able to help them both.
What a beautiful, swift transformation for this child and what a relief for his entire family.
Homeopathy took Dara and his parents from sleepless nights filled with anxiety to peaceful, restful ones with a child who’s growing in confidence. That’s the healing power of homeopathy in action.
If you find yourself facing similar challenges with your child, consider exploring the potential of homeopathy to unlock healing, and peace, and help them become more confident. If your child is having difficulty sleeping and you’re concerned, homeopathy might have the answer you seek, as it did for this family.
Homeopathy has so much to offer, and I’d be delighted to help you and your children enjoy restful nights of sleep. Book an appointment here.
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Eileen Scullion of Homeopathy-Healing is a Registered Homeopath LicISH ISHom with the Irish Society of Homeopaths (The Regulatory Body for the Homeopathic Profession which is recognized by the Department of Health and Children and works on the National Working Group towards an integrated Health System).