During this 10-week interactive course (2 recorded interactive webinars each week, 1 live class, and downloadable class documents each week for a total of 30 classes) we will be discussing the many aspects of working as an herbalist with the pediatric population. We will cover common issues and conditions that are unique to children, from head lice to toe fungus from infants to adolescents. We will cover herbal protocols for common childhood issues, how to determine by observation and simple tools when a condition can be dealt with by herbs and when it necessitates a visit to the pediatrician. An appropriate materia medica for each topic will be included with kid-friendly formulas as appropriate.
The Pediatric Herbal Medicine course will cover:
- Wellness for Children – the physical exam for babies, toddlers and small children; Tips when working with children
- Children’s Herbal Medicine Cabinet – a basic medicine chest of common remedies for kids
- Compliance with Kids: Glycerines, teas, honeys, jello and other ways to make the medicine go down
- Immunity/Infection/Fever and Herbal Remedies
- Common childhood disorders: signs/symptoms/causes medical model treatment/alternative health treatments and herbal remedies
- Diseases that inspire Vaccinations –common and not so common childhood diseases that we vaccinate against; Herbal and other resources
- Rashes/Bumps/Boo-boos and other skin stuff
- Gut, respiratory, sleep and mood issues in children and herbal remedies
- Materia Medica for working with Children – including dosage, precautions and formulas for the Maternal Child Health Herbalist
Although not required, an otoscope, a stethoscope and a child to practice on is helpful.
About the Instructor
As a Midwife and Herbalist, Katia has been working with women and children for over 20 years. As she mostly cares for women, she has had many opportunities helping women figure out a sane herbal approach for their children. She includes many of her personal stories and experiences including victories and failures with working with families. A balanced approach to childhood conditions and when to go for herbs and when to go to the pediatrician will be discussed.
This course is suitable for anyone who is interested in raising healthy children and using herbal medicine. The course is also appropriate for anyone who wants to improve their clinically and didactic background with Children’s Health Issues and Herbs. This course is a requirement for the Family Herbalist Program.