There are reports of a positive response with calcium bentonite clay and children with autism. Recently, we received this question from one of our customers, “Have you heard or do you know if clay helps children with attention issues? Or sensory issues?” This inquiry spurred us to research these issues and consider how clay might help children with sensory issues.
Our environment is subjected to thousands of new chemicals every year without any safety or impact assessment. If the attention and sensory issues are created by toxins in the body, symptoms could be remedied by using clay. Although we have not had specific feedback from our customers about clay helping with sensory or attention issues in children, Earth’s Natural clay has received many reports of customers feeling more grounded and sleeping better as a result of using clay.
Sensory and Attention Issues
Sensory issues can be quite common. In fact, 1 in 20 people in the general population are affected by Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). According to the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation, SPD is most often diagnosed in children. Anna Jean Ayres, PhD, an occupational therapist and educational psychologist from California, once described SPD as a “neurological traffic jam” that prevents parts of the brain from receiving the necessary cues to correctly interpret sensory information. To learn more about Sensory Processing Disorder, visit the foundation’s site here.
Attention issues can be caused by fluctuations in the child’s energy levels. Both high and low energy levels can make it hard for a child to focus. Everything from the foods children consume to their environment can spike or drop energy levels.
Try keeping a journal of behavior changes. Include details such as daily activities, times of day, and even a food log can be incredibly helpful towards discovering the root of the issue.
Using Clay for Children’s Health
To introduce children to using calcium bentonite clay, we recommend a soothing clay bath. A clay bath treatment needs only to last a few minutes to be effective. A pound of our calcium bentonite clay bath powder can be purchased for $10, not counting shipping. With regular treatments, the body could be well on its way to a detoxified state of good health and wellness.
The Science Behind Clay Baths
When mixed with warm water, the negative charge of the calcium bentonite clay is dispersed into the bath. While soaking in a warm bath, the skin naturally relaxes and pores open. Positively charged toxins and impurities are drawn through the skin into the clay. Simply rinse the pollutants down the drain with the clay and plenty of water. It is safe for sewer systems and septic tanks.
Bentonite clay has a great capacity for absorbing many times its own weight in toxins. Don’t underestimate its drawing ability and overdo it. As with any detoxification regime, too much all at once can result in a healing crisis which you can read about here. While not dangerous, the symptoms can be unpleasant.
Clay Baths for Children
Since children are smaller than adults, the amount of clay used in the bath and the amount of time in the water needs to be adjusted accordingly. Children may sit in a clay bath up to the waist. As with adults, the more the body is exposed to the clay bath water, the greater the impact. Go slowly, especially with children who are not well. Every child is different. Listen and observe for what is right for their individual needs.
For children under 20 pounds, add 4 ounces of bath clay to running water in the tub. The child should not stay in the bath more than 5 minutes.
For children between 20 and 50 pounds, add 4 to 6 ounces of clay to the bath and let the child bathe for 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the child.
For children greater than 50 pounds, add 8 ounces of clay to the bath water and let the child bathe for up to 10 minutes.
Please share your experiences with clay baths and other natural remedies for sensory and attention issues. We always welcome feedback and or testimonials which can be featured on our website. Thank you!