There are many truths that act as the foundation of Pediatric Chinese Medicine. This sentence is perhaps one of the most important.
In Chinese medicine, the Spleen is thought to govern the entire digestive process as well as absorption of nutrients. As this quote suggests, children have inherently weak Spleens for many reasons.
👉🏻 Before being born, a baby’s digestive system does not need to perform its function because baby gets all the nourishment it needs from the mother (through the umbilical cord).
👉🏻 Upon being born, a baby’s digestive system (Spleen) is immediately put to work. Eating and absorbing food in order to grow is THE main task an infants body needs to do, and do well.
👉🏻 The amount of food and nutrients a child takes in is quite astronomical in proportion to their small size.
👉🏻Because of the high burden on the Spleen, any small shift or irregularity in the life and surroundings of a child will be reflected in the digestion.
👉🏻 A weakened Spleen can lead to colic, excessive spit up/reflux, constipation, diarrhea, eczema, poor sleep habits, lethargy, failure to thrive, low immunity, food and environmental allergies and MORE.
It is SO crucial to support the Spleen of a child in any way possible. Pediatric Chinese medicine treatments are a great way to do this. If you have a child that is struggling with any of the above health issues, reach out to me to learn more about how Chinese medicine can help!!
The topic of supporting the Spleen (Earth element) will be a heavy focus of my upcoming masterclass, Breaking the Cycle of Pediatric Illness. Click below to get more info!