Here we are providing information for first aid in the home, not providing emergency treatments unless we have practitioners who are trained and experienced First Aiders / emergency treatment providers in their own modality.
Things you could do in a mental health emergency situation, or after any injury. Choose the most suitable at the time:
⭐ Stress Reducing Techniques
- Breathing – focusing on the out-breath, and clearing the lungs, pausing and then breathing in to fill all of the lungs.
- Counting – can be with or without a focus on breathing.
- Emotional Stress Release from Touch for Health – for pain relief as well as calming the mind – hold the forehead gently during or after a stressful situation.
- Five Flower / Emergency Essence (needs to be repeated in an emergency situation).
- EFT tapping (needs repeating) – taught by an experienced teacher.
- Havening (while thinking about the event / situation that causes stress – stroking the face, arms).
- Drinking water (impossible to hyperventilate while drinking).
- Catching a ball – an automatic reflex that takes the mind off the issue and onto catching the ball.
Make sure the child / young person knows there is a way out of the situation.
⭐ The Five S’s:
- Safety – are they in immediate danger?
- Stop any harm – will they do harm to themselves or others in the future?
- Support recovery – in-the-moment techniques to help them manage their feelings now (see above).
- Someone to listen – listening without judgement is one of the most powerful things you can do for someone suffering with mental health issues.
- Show support – how can you support them now and in the future?
⭐ Things to have in a KitforEmergencies:
- bicarbonate of soda (bee stings)
- white vinegar (wasp stings)
- rehydration salt and sugar sachets
- plasters ( hypoallergenic)
- micropore (hypoallergenic)
- stretch bandage
- cotton wool
- safety pins
- lavender oil
- tea tree oil
- Five Flower /Emergency Essence – diluted or full strength – not aromatherapy
- Five Flower / Emergency Essence cream
- shepherd’s purse tincture / womb string – for after birth, uterine bleeding and period disruption
- arnica cream
- calendula cream
- aloe vera gel / plant in the house (cut into one leaf and rub on the affected part)
- coconut oil
- eye wash cup
We would suggest short classes in each hub to discuss these items and incorporate parents and carers own ideas of what works for them. Including how to use these remedies.
Homeopathic First Aid advice (normally free)
- Helios Homeopathy – www.helios.co.uk/contact
- Ainsworths – www.ainsworths.com/contact
⭐ Homeopathic First Aid Kits
Kits to keep at home to support your children and family with homeopathic first aid remedies for everyday minor illnesses and injuries. Please note that more kits are available from these homeopathic pharmacies but are only available (due to current legislation) by contacting them directly to discuss your requirements. All kits come with traditional first aid and specialist homeopathic remedies together with a booklet outlining how to use the remedies at home.
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⭐ More Complex Symptom Picture
If you/your child is experiencing more complex symptoms, or your first aid remedies are not working, alongside getting conventional medical advice where appropriate, please seek 1:1 support from a qualified & registered homeopath.
This information is not exhaustive nor comprehensive, but a basic place to start in understanding that we do have to skills to care for our children at home, and to know when something more serious is happening that would require a medical professional. We do not aim to replace doctors. We hope to empower parents and carers to help their children at home, when they can.