A Guide to Child Health

Michaela Glöckler and Wolfgang Goebel; Translated by Catherine Creeger

Out of print

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Revised, updated third edition of this successful guide to children's physical, psychological and spiritual development. Combines medical advice with questions of upbringing and education.

234 x 156 mm
Floris Books
Parenting & Child Health
96 colour photographs
480 pages
Publication date:
27 Sep 2007
3rd edition


This acclaimed guide to children’s physical, psychological and spiritual development is now available in a third revised edition. Combining medical advice with issues of upbringing and education, this is a definitive guide for parents.

This book outlines the connection between education and healing, with all that this implies for the upbringing and good health of children. Medical, educational and religious questions often overlap, and in the search for the meaning of illness it is necessary to study the child as a whole -- as body, soul and spirit.

The authors based their theory and practice on 17 years’ experience in the children’s out-patient department of the Herdecke Hospital in Germany, which is run along anthroposophical lines.

The first section covers childhood ailments and home-nursing. The second part looks at the healthy development of the child and how to create the best conditions for it. The authors go on to examine issues of upbringing and education, and their consequences for later life. Throughout, the book is extremely practical, with example situations of conflict and crisis presented, along with possible solutions. This new edition also includes medical and health practices in North America, Southern Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Table of Contents

Symptoms of Illness in Childhood
1. Pain Due to Illness or Injury
2. Fever and its Treatment
3. Respiratory Diseases
4. Vomiting, Diarrhea, and Constipation
5. Skin Diseases and Rashes
6. Allergic Sensitivity and Modern Civilization
7. The "Childhood Illnesses" and Other Diseases
8. The Meaning and Purpose of Illness
9. Preventing Illness and Promoting Health
10. Prevention and Immunization
11. Meeteing Challenging Problems
The Foundations of Healthy Development
12. The First Months of Life
13. From Infant to Toddler
14. Nutrition for Infants and Children
15. Child Development and Related Social Issues
16. Becoming a Family: Child-Mother-Father Connections
Health through Education
17. Health through Education
18. Child-Rearing and Education as Preventative Medicine
19. Learning Effective Parenting
20. Developing your Child's Will
21. Sleep Disorders and Other Problems at Home
22. Problems at School
23. Recognizing and Fostering Children's Temperaments
24. Why Children Need Religious Education
25. Sex Education
26. Understanding Addiction and Avoiding Drugs
27. Children ad Multimedia
28. Environmental Toxins and Environmental Protection
The Alliance for Childhood
External Treatments for Home Nursing
Weight and height tables
Useful Organizations


'Even if you do not know about or follow anthroposophical guidelines, this book can help you understand how children's illnesses work, how to safely care for the child at home, and how to promote true health in the child.'
--Parent review, Amazon.com

'This is an invaluable book ... very practical with many examples of conflict and crisis presented along with possible solutions. I recommend this book as an essential addition to your library.'
-- Education Otherwise, August 2005

'A vital book for all parents who seek a deeper understanding of their child's health. 'The Green Parent Favourite' award.'
-- The Green Parent, November 2004

'Full of the kind of wise tips that used to get passed down from mother to daughter but are sadly missing in this day and age. An invaluable reference source which I found very comforting when my daughter was ill with a very high temperature recently. Highly recommended.'
-- Juno: A natural approach to family life, Summer 2004

'A book to be recommended to parents who seek for a deeper understanding about their children's illnesses.'
-- British Homeopathic Journal

'An excellent picture of the development stages, children's problems and illnesses, and is a good reference. This book should be on the shelf of every parent and general practitioner.'
-- Anthroposophy Today


Michaela Glöckler is head of the Medical Section at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland. She is the author of many books on child health and development.

Dr Wolfgang Goebel trained at the university pediatric clinic in Tübingen and at the Ita Wegman hospital in Arlesheim, Switzerland. He co-founded the pediatric department at the community hospital in Herdecke and was its leading physician until 1995. He has also facilitated conferences on immunisation and related topics.

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