Natural treatment for back to school anxiety – Homeopathy

Is your child anxious about starting, or going back to school? 

A bit of nervousness and slight anxiety about starting or going back to school is a perfectly normal reaction to what children can experience as a stressful situation. Mild nervousness tend to resolve on it’s own once the child has settled in, usually after the first, or a few days after starting school.


If however the anxiety the child is exhibiting is to such a degree that it interferes dramatically with their every day life and enjoyment of it, treatment may be necessary. Anxiety persisting over a long period of time is best addressed by a professional homeopath. Considerations on the frequency, the correct choice of remedy for the individual, as well as assessment of the case, is paramount for successful recovery.


Symptoms of Anxiety and Anxiety Disorder in Children:

  • Extreme nervousness
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Poor school performance
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart palpitations


Anxiety in Children – Homeopathic Treatment

Parents can feel reassured about the safety homeopathic treatment offers. Homeopathy is natural, it is chemical free, without any side effects. It is holistic and gentle in use.

The following are some of the most common homeopathic remedies for children experiencing anxiety. Choose the remedy that best matches your child’s symptoms. If no improvement after 2-3 doses (I usually recommend a 30c potency for self-prescribing), try another remedy on the list that matches your child’s symptoms.


Aconitum napellus:

  • A panic attack that comes on suddenly with very strong fear (even fear of death) may indicate this remedy.
  • A state of immense anxiety may be accompanied by strong palpitations, shortness of breath, and flushing of the face.
  • Sometimes a shaking experience will be the underlying cause.
  • Strong feelings of anxiety may also occur when a person is just beginning to come down with a flu or cold.


Argentum nitricum:

  • Anxiety develops before a big event: an exam, an important interview, a public appearance or social engagement.
  • Dizziness and diarrhea may also be experienced.
  • Children who need this remedy are often enthusiastic and suggestible, with a tendency toward peculiar thoughts and impulses.
  • They often crave sweets and salt (which usually make their symptoms worse)


Arsenicum album:

  • Children who are deeply anxious about their health, and extremely concerned with order and security, often benefit from this remedy.
  • Obsessive about small details and very neat, they may feel a desperate need to be in control of everything.
  • Panic attacks often occur around midnight or the very early hours of the morning.
  • The child may feel exhausted yet still be restless—fidgeting, pacing, and anxiously moving from place to place.
  • These children may also have digestive problems or asthma attacks accompanied by anxiety.


Calcarea carbonica:

  • This remedy is usually indicated for dependable, solid people who become overwhelmed from physical illness or too much work and start to fear a breakdown.
  • Their thoughts can be muddled and confused when tired, which adds to the anxiety.
  • Worry and bad news may agitate them, and a nagging dread of disaster (to themselves or others) may develop.
  • Fear of heights and claustrophobia are also common.
  • A child who needs this remedy is often chilly and sluggish, has a craving for sweets, and is easily fatigued.



  • Feelings of weakness, trembling, and mental dullness (being “paralyzed by fear”) suggest a need for this remedy.
  • It is often helpful when a child has stage-fright about a public performance or interview, or feels anxious before a test, a visit to the dentist, or any stressful event.
  • Chills, perspiration, diarrhea, and headaches will often occur with nervousness.
  • Fear of crowds, a fear of falling, and even a fear that the heart might stop are other indications for Gelsemium.


Ignatia amara:

  • A sensitive child who is anxious because of grief, loss, disappointment, criticism, loneliness (or any stressful emotional experience) may benefit from this remedy.
  • A defensive attitude, frequent sighing, and mood swings are other indications.
  • The child may burst unexpectedly into either tears or laughter.
  • Headaches that feel like a nail driven into the side of the head, and cramping pains in the abdomen or back, are often seen when this remedy is needed.


Kali phosphoricum:

  • When a child has been exhausted by overwork or illness and feels a deep anxiety and inability to cope, this remedy may help.
  • The child is jumpy and oversensitive, and may be startled by ordinary sounds.
  • Hearing unpleasant news or thinking of world events can aggravate the problems.
  • Insomnia and an inability to concentrate may develop, increasing the sense of nervous dread.
  • Eating, warmth, and rest often bring relief.
  • Headaches, backaches, and nervous digestive upsets are often seen when this remedy is needed.



  • Children likely to respond to this remedy feel anxiety from mental stress and suffer from a lack of confidence.
  • They can be self-conscious and feel intimidated by people they perceive as powerful (yet may also be domineering toward those with whom they feel more comfortable).
  • Taking on responsibility can cause a deep anxiety and fear of failure, although the person usually does well, once started on a task.
  • Claustrophobia, irritability, digestive upsets with gas and bloating, and a craving for sweets are often seen when this remedy is needed.

Natrum muriaticum:

  • Deep emotions and a self-protective shyness can make these children seem reserved, aloof, and private.
  • Even when feeling lonely, they tend to stay away from social situations, not knowing what to say or do.
  • Easily hurt and offended, they can brood, bear grudges, dwell on unhappy feelings, and isolate themselves—refusing consolation even when they want it.
  • They are often sympathetic listeners to other people’s problems.
  • Claustrophobia, anxiety at night (with fears of robbers or intruders), migraines, and insomnia are often seen when this remedy is needed.



  • Children who need this remedy are openhearted, imaginative, excitable, easily startled, and full of intense and vivid fears.
  • Strong anxiety can be triggered by thinking of almost anything.
  • Nervous and sensitive to others, they can overextend themselves with sympathy to the point of feeling exhausted and “spaced out” or even getting ill.
  • They want a lot of company and reassurance, often feeling better from conversation or a back-rub.
  • Easy flushing of the face, palpitations, thirst, and a strong desire for cold, refreshing foods are other indications for Phosphorus.



  • Children who need this remedy often express anxiety as insecurity and clinginess, with a need for constant support and comforting.
  • The child may be moody, tearful, whiny, even emotionally childish.
  • Getting too warm or being in a stuffy room often increases anxiety.
  • Fresh air and gentle exercise often bring relief.
  • Anxiety around the time of hormonal changes (puberty, menstrual periods, or menopause) often is helped with Pulsatilla.



  • Children who need this remedy are capable and serious, yet are also nervous, shy, and subject to bouts of temporary loss of confidence.
  • Anxiety can be extreme when they are faced with a public appearance, interview, examination, or any new job or task.
  • Worry and overwork can bring on headaches, difficulty concentrating, and states of exhaustion, oversensitivity, and dread.
  • Responsible and diligent, they often overreact and devote attention to tiny details—making their worries (and their work) more difficult.
  • They often have low stamina and come down with colds, sore throats, or other illnesses after working hard or being under stress.


If you are finding it difficult to decide on the best remedy for your child, you may want to book an online consultation with me. I work with patients from all over the world via Skype, VSee, or other video call options.