Water, water everywhere: how damp manifests in children

This is the view in front of my house at the moment!  Very beautiful but very damp! Wolvercote is always a particularly damp part of Oxford – nestled on the flood plain between the river and the Canal, with the odd lake thrown in to boot.  But the amount of water at the moment is exceptional.

Deeply embedded in Chinese culture and thinking is the idea that the external environment has a big effect on the internal workings of our body.  So when it’s damp outside, we become more Damp on the inside.

In children, Dampness most commonly manifests in any of the following symptoms: a snotty and running nose, a mucousy cough, puffiness, bloated tummy, mucous in the stools, flabby limbs, the needs for lots of sleep. 

There are various simple things that we can do to help prevent our children becoming too Damp – and these things are especially important when the external environment is so damp.  The first thing is to avoid Damp forming foods.  The worst culprits are dairy products (milk, cheese and yoghurt), refined sugar, bananas and peanuts!  The second thing is to keep moving!  It’s tempting when there are rain and wind storms outside to hunker down, watch more TV than usual and not really move much.  And although it is appropriate at this time of year to hibernate a little and conserve our energy, we do need to balance this with movement.

So, get the kids well dressed up in hats, coats and scarfs and take them out to do some splashing around in puddles.  Just make sure they don’t stay in damp clothes for any length of time though………!!

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