How can you know if your child has adrenal fatigue?
The following is a list of symptoms:
- Irritability, meltdowns, whining
anxiety, fear, attachment
early morning wakings especially between 2am-4am (tendency to be wide awake even with little sleep)
inability to fall asleep at night (night owls)
frequent illness or inability to recovery in a reasonable time from illness
sensitivity to light/sound/touch
hypersensitive to pain
dizziness upon standing quickly
morning nausea or no appetite
low endurance compared to peers
explosive outbursts or overreaction to situations.
There are a few methods of determining adrenal function that can be performed quite easily. The adrenal glands are responsible for regulating body temperature, so recording average daily temperatures provides an indication of how well the adrenals are functioning.
How to chart temperatures:
Temperatures should be taken orally or underarm using a glass thermometer for 7-10 minutes. Avoid using digital thermometers as they are inaccurate.
Do this for 5-7 consecutive days.
Take the temperatures three times a day. For example: 9am, 12pm, 3pm. Keep the times consistent from day to day.
Avoid taking it three hours after waking,
30 minutes after a meal or exercise.
Find the average daily temperatures by adding the three of them together and dividing by three.
Normal average body temperatures should not fluctuate by more than 0.2 degrees up or down from day to day. If you see a fluctuating pattern this indicates poor adrenal function.