May 4, 2010

"… stopping Charlotte from eating ice cream"

This is the setting of the story. The parents, their two-year-old daughter Charlotte, the baby boy and the grandparents are at the Dairy Queen. When the mother was about to give Charlotte a bite of ice cream, the grandfather suddenly stopped her so his daughter could put a bib around the child's neck.

Since the grandfather seemed always to be concerned that his granddaughter could develop diabetes, like her mother, his daughter thought that this was why her father tried to stop Charlotte from eating the ice cream. So they started to argue. After they had clarified the misunderstanding, Charlotte was allowed to have the ice cream. Suddenly a rash began to appear around her mouth and all the way up to her ears. Worried, the parents rushed with the child to the hospital. By the time they were there, the rash had already receded.


GNM Explanation: A skin rash occurs during the healing phase of a "separation conflict". This can also relate to an unexpected "separation", for example, from a desired food; in Charlotte's case it was a "separation" from the ice cream, when her grandfather stopped her from eating it - which is why the rash appeared around her mouth.

This is a good example how a child can develop an ice cream "allergy", because the moment the distress (separation conflict) occurs, the subconscious stores all components that the child subjectively associates with the particular conflict situation (ice cream, bib, Dairy Queen, grandfather, mother arguing with her father, etc.). As soon as the child sets on one of the established tracks, the conflict is instantly reactivated, causing the same response, namely a skin rash around the mouth. To prevent relapses (an "allergic reaction to ice cream), Charlotte needs to realize that "ice cream" no longer equates to "danger". A permanent solution would be if grandpa and her mother took the little girl to the Dairy Queen, gently put a bib around Charlotte's neck, and enjoy some delicious ice cream together.

Disclaimer: The information in this testimonial does not replace professional medical advice.

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