Many autistic children are very sensitive. For these children, clothing may be uncomfortable to the point of being intolerable.
Mothers or the children often develop coping strategies:
- Socks worn inside out so the seams don’t rub.
- Tags taped to minimize scratching.
- Sweat pants substituted for jeans.
Some children refuse to wear the offensive items. Bare feet work well in some situations. In others, socks are needed for hygiene or safety reasons. Similarly, there are times when pants or a jacket are highly beneficial.
Of course, children don’t need to be autistic or have SPD to be sensitive to clothes. These remedy descriptions are relevant to all children and adults.
Making It Easier to Wear Socks (and other clothes)
I recently wrote a blog post describing how EFT may be used to eliminate some issues related to hyper-sensitivity.
Homeopathy too recognizes the issue of clothing sensitivity – and many other sensitivities.
There are thousands of homeopathic remedies. Some, most notably first aid remedies, are indicated for specific conditions. Other remedies are indicated for specific people.
When looking at issues like sensitivity, it is best to seek a constitutional remedy for your child. Work with a professional homeopath who will look at your child’s whole picture. She will consider your child’s physical, mental and emotional health and signs and symptoms of disturbances in the vital force. Everything is important to the homeopath: your child’s food preferences, times of day or year when they are better or worse, sleep habits, digestive issues, personality — everything!
Choosing a Remedy to Alleviate Clothing Intolerance
Below I describe some remedies a homeopath may consider for an individual who is agitated or disturbed by their clothing. I have not indicated “intolerance of clothing” in describing the types of children who might require these remedies since it is common to all of the remedies listed.
Study the remedy pictures below and see if one of them matches many characteristics of your child. No child will have every trait and symptom listed. Note that these lists provide only a brief overview of the remedy picture.
If your child is afraid of the dark, dogs, insects, strangers or illness, this remedy may be useful for him.
Calc Carb children are serious and independent.
Calc Carb children are often slow learning to walk and talk. They crave sugar, eggs, and milk products.
These children tend to be chubby – though if your child is thin and matches the other characteristics, this may still be the remedy they need. They perspire profusely on the head.
They are prone to ear infections, sore throats, and runny noses.
They have sensitive mouths and may develop canker sores.
Lachesis children are dictatorial and extremely talkative (this includes babble). They are intensely uncomfortable in tight clothes and particularly dislike having anything on their throats or around their necks.
They have a tendency to be jealous and very attached to their mothers.
For these children, all illness begins on the left side. All symptoms are aggravated by sleep.
They may be susceptible to head lice.
Highly intelligent children who dread taking on new things, though they work hard and do well in spite of their nerves. They worry about many things and lack self-confidence. (Lycopodium is also discussed in the article Super-Easy Homeopathy for Boosting Kids’ Confidence)
Lycopodium children exhibit a mature personality even at a young age. They have an aversion to responsibility and worry about doing something wrong.
They often have difficulty learning to read and may be dyslexic.
The children are opposite from Lachesis children. Their ailments start in the right side of the body.
I have written several times about Nat Mur. Please see Nat Mur: A Remedy for (Almost) Everybody.
There are hundreds of other homeopathic remedies. Any one of them may be the one indicated for your child.
Where to Buy and How to Take Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic remedies may be purchased at most health food stores or through websites such as 1-800homeopathy. Select the 30c potency.
To take the remedy, open the remedy vial and shake 3-4 pellets into the cap. Tip the pellets into the mouth without touching the cap to the mouth. Allow the pellets to dissolve in the mouth.
Give your child the remedy every evening at bedtime, at least 15 minutes after eating, drinking, and brushing teeth. Continue for one week. Observe and note any changes. If he or she is doing better, stop taking the remedy. If symptoms resume later, take the remedy again.
If you do not observe positive changes in sleep, behavior and/or confidence, select a different remedy or consult a homeopath who can guide you in selecting a remedy.
In matters of health and healing, be fanatical about self-responsibility. Cell Salts and homeopathic remedies enable you to participate actively in your own healing. You should continue to see your doctor for examinations, advice and treatment. Nothing on this site is intended as a substitute for medical advice.
References for this post:
Catherine R. Coulter: Homoeopathic Sketches of Children’s Types.
Didier Grandgeorge, MD: The Spirit of Homeopathic Medicines: Essential Insights to 300 Remedies.