A Guide to Child Health

A Holistic Approach to Raising Healthy Children

Michaela Glöckler and Wolfgang Goebel; Translated by Catherine Creeger

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  • Helps parents to understand their children's illnesses
  • A holistic approach which integrates medical advice, parenting techniques, education, spirituality and play
  • Covers all aspects of raising health children in the broadest sense
  • Based on the authors' 20 years experience treating children
  • Over 10,000 copies sold

A revised, updated fourth edition of this comprehensive guide to children's physical, psychological and spiritual development. Combines medical advice with questions of development and education.

Floris Books
Parenting & Child Health
480 pages
Publication date:
19 Sep 2013
4th edition


This acclaimed guide to children's physical, psychological and spiritual development is now available in a fourth revised edition. Combining up-to-date medical advice with issues of development and education, this is a definitive guide for parents.

This is the book for anyone who has ever wanted a deeper understanding of their children's illnesses, or sought a more holistic approach to children's health. As well as comprehensively covering medical issues, it also discusses parenting techniques, education, spirituality and play -- a truly integrated approach to all aspects of raising healthy children in the broadest sense.

The authors have over 20 years' experience treating children at Herdecke Hospital, Germany, which is run using anthroposophical principles.

The fourth edition includes updates on treatments for tonsillitis, croup, sunstroke and headlice. The section on vaccinations includes the latest recommendations including measles, meningococcal and HPV. There is also a new section on electromagnetic pollution, including mobile (cell) phones.

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

'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

'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

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

'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


Dr 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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