Raising a Sensitive Child

Nourishing Body, Mind and Spirit



My intention of this blog is to share the ups and downs of raising an extremely sensitive child, and to chronicle his healing journey.

I started this blog in February 2009, when my son, Moses (not his real name), was 2.5 years old. At the time, he was extremely sensitive — to emotions, the environment, to chemicals and to most foods (was 40+ foods at one point, but due to all of our hard work and the grace of God, it’s now down to gluten, dairy, fish, eggs, tree nuts and mustard). I believe that his sensitivity is also a gift.

In November 2010 (a year and a half after I started this blog), my son was diagnosed with an extremely rare genetic immune disorder, Job’s Syndrome (which explains his extreme sensitivity). Only 850 or so reported cases in the world. It is my hope that despite the fact that Moses has a rare disorder, that the information that I share in this blog may still be helpful to other parents of sensitive children. (But,  if you happen to be one of the rare ones with Job’s Syndrome, I’ve compiled some tips for living with Job’s Syndrome here).

If you want to read a post that describes just how far we’ve come, read this post describing the days leading up to the diagnosis. This post written in January 2012 describes our healing journey up until that time.

He is now 9 years old and is thriving. We tried many, many things to help our son (in fact, this blog documents many of the things that we have tried). Out of all of the healing techniques that we have tried, Heilkunst homeopathy has been the most effective at addressing and removing the root cause of disease, and we used this modality of healing for 2.5 years.

In December 2012, we took a break from homeopathy and started using essential oils (including frankincense, an immune support blend, a cellular healing blend and a grounding blend) to help with his healing.

In December 2013, we started receiving karmic healing sessions from a healer in California and I feel that this has helped with the root causes.

In October 2014, we re-started our journey with Heilkunst homeopathy (and are still continuing to use essential oils and karmic healing sessions). Read about his current treatment plan and all of the things that we have tried here.

Even though my son is not autistic, I sometimes write about autism because I have found that many of the techniques that help autistic children also help my son. Autistic and other sensitive children can be helped with  homeopathy and biomedical treatments (such as dietary changes, supplementation). Read more here.

I am a mother, wife, friend, writer, yoga instructor, wildlife biologist and environmental consultant. We live in Canada.

You can also read my Enjoying Our Simple Life blog, where I focus on the simple joys in our life.

28 thoughts on “About

  1. I was a sensitive child and I relate well to sensitive children. I think mine is sensitive, though not ultra sensitive, but he is only 15 months right now. Does sensitivity become more apparent with age, or is it always obvious from the beginning?

  2. Edenwild: Thanks for your comment. Hmmmm… Good question. It probably differs with every case. In our case, Moses’ sensitivity was obvious right from the start from his extreme colic and throwing up. His eczema started when he was 3 weeks old.

  3. I love what you’re doing! keep it up Super Mama


  4. Happy to have found you. I have an 8 year old son who has sensory processing issues and asperger’s. We for years just called him a ‘sensitive kid’ (and he still is) We are always working with him to find good supplements, help him get through days that are ‘too much’, find natural methods to help issues, and honor his special talents and amazing gifts at the same time.

  5. Hi Denise: I’m happy to have found you too! Look forward to connecting on both of our blogs. You sound like an amazing mom. 🙂

  6. Hey there Janice,

    Lovely to meet you. This world does work in special ways. I’m very happy to meet someone else that has such a similar approach and philosophy to their childs health and wellness – physically, emotionally and spiritually it would seem. Your blog is soooooo interesting and informative. Thank you for providing such a comprehensive overview of your travels. It’s really helpful as a reader who is experiencing similar issues. We haven’t had Nics IgE levels tested as the Allergy Clinic feel that his eczema is related to his age – he’s under 2 with eczema only localised on his face. Mmmm…teething is their reasoning. Time will tell. In any event, I’m looking forward to our Heilkunst journey…ohhhh…

  7. Hi Aliki: So happy to meet you too. And, I’m so glad that you find my blog helpful — that’s a large part of the reason I’ve shared the journey, as well as for my own need to share, to help me process it all. I feel a strong resonance with your approach with Nic. I’m also looking forward to hearing how your Heilkunst journey goes!

  8. Hey Janice,

    I’m so happy to hear Moses is doing well 🙂

    Your writing really hits a chord with me…thank-you for sharing.


  9. hi,
    just found your blog. my son was born 2 months ago and had exactly the same thing happen to him – also a very traumatic birth journey. he has terrible eczema, and I’ve eliminated many foods from my diet as i’m nursing, and we’re workign with an ND to heal him as much as possible. also going to try Biotron testing for allergies…

    i’m so so happy to hear of your son’s improvements. yay!

    and wanted to let you know that i appreciate your sharing these stories + experiences + info with all of us.

  10. Hi Jen: Thanks for your comment. Sounds like you are doing all the right things to help your son heal and have great support… I’m glad to know that my blog can potentially help others who are going through a similar situation that we went through… I know that it’s not an easy journey, but there are a lot of reasons to feel hopeful!! Let me know if you have any questions about anything… 🙂

  11. Thank you so much for your blog! I love reading your posts to know we are not alone. My 12 year old son was recently diagnosed with Job’s Syndrome. We have struggled with his health for years (since he was 2 months). Homeopathy has had the best results for us as well. We are fortunate to live in the Bay Area where we have many terrific practitioners. I co-founded and chair an environmental health organization focused on reducing toxins that kids are exposed to. We have a Facebook page. You’ll find it at “MOMS Advocating Sustainability.” I changed my career after our son became sick and I learned about the chemical soup we are living in. I’m so sorry you are going through a rough patch. We have been as well. It is a very long road to healing. ~ Debbie

  12. Hi Debbie: So happy to find a friend!! You are the very first parent of a child with HIES that I know of who is also using homeopathy! We need to talk! I will definitely check out your website. Take good care and let’s definitely stay in touch!

  13. Hello I love the fact that you are writing this blog. I was not only a sensitive child (symptoms started as a baby) but was also finally diagnosed with Job’s 2 years ago by a dermatologist at Sunnybrook hospital in Toronto. The eczema has been the worst part for me but if it gives you comfort I am in my 40’s and living a very full life (not always the easiest but completely possible) Keep an eye on how much cortisone he uses (even in topical form). The build-up gave me iatrogenic cushings in my 30s. immuno-suppressants have finally given me some relief. It seems everyone’s version of Job’s is a little different but all have similarities. I’ve had asthma most of my life, no break or bone issues luckily, still have baby teeth, severe eczema and issues with infection however; I have a beautiful family and a great career. Please send your little one strength and understanding (especially when he is a teenager) Take care

  14. Hi Marilyn: So nice to hear from you and thanks for your advice. I’m happy and encouraged to hear that you are in your 40s and living a very full life with a beautiful family and career. I definitely see this as being the case for my son. Thanks also for the advice about the cortisone. We try to minimize its use as much as we can. Many, many blessings!

  15. I work with gifted heart centered spiritual children (crystal, rainbow, etc) and adults. I would like to collaborate with you. Below is information on what gifts I offer http://heartofmotivation.webs.com


  16. Thank you for this blog. My son is 3 years old and heard the news yesterday that he has Job Syndrome. His little body is going through hell at the moment. And can basically eat only green veggies and some meats.

  17. Hi Lizelle: I’m so sorry to hear about your son and that he is going through a difficult time right now. We have definitely been there, and know what you are going through. We did find that things got better after the diagnosis because we knew what we were dealing with. Note too that there’s a Job’s syndrome FB group that you can join for support.

    Out of all of the things that we have tried, we have personally found that Heilkunst homeopathy and doTERRA essential oils have helped our son, but as you can read from our recent struggles, it’s still not an easy journey. He’s doing really well this week though, and overall, I do really feel that he is healing.

    Feel free to email me at spirityoga@live.com if you have any questions about anything or need support.

  18. I have an uncle with Job’s Syndrome. He would tell you the number one thing that helped him was God! Number two, Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic. This technique changed his life! Something to consider. God Bless you and your family.

  19. Hi Anonymous: Thank you – I totally agree that God has been an important part of our journey. I haven’t heard of Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractor, so thank you for that suggestion. My son does see a chiropractor that we really like, so I do think chiropractic is important. Take good care.

  20. Hello! Reading your blog here in Australia where I live with my partner, daughter, and highly sensitive 1 year old son. I am so surprised you are from Newfoundland! I am from Nova Scotia! I am a stay at home mom here and practice yoga, am a Reiki master, and am studying homeopathy…We have so much in common! I will have so much fun looking through your blog! Hugs to you from down under! Krista

  21. Hi Krista: What a small world, indeed! It does sound like we have much in common. Take good care!

  22. Hi
    I am sensitive child, I have over an Ige of 5000 IU/mL and it is been like that for since i was born and because i am very rare case where there has been no gene mutation involved with it meaning they could not diagnose me with any thing at the time, and by the way and anyone over ige of 2000 IU/mL is part of very small population it is rough estimate 0.01% of the world population. Also Ige can be managed however the will stay high for ever and like for my first test was at 20000 IU/mL however my parents changed my diet, so that it was no artificial preservatives or flavours in my diet and that played huge role however as grown up, i cannot drink alcohol because i suffered an anyxliasis shock and the took my blood at the time and tested my Ige and it come back at 100000 IU/mL and it back down quickly it turns out that alcohol is really bad for chronic allergy suffer. By the way on my file my it says that i am chronic allergy suffer

  23. Hi George: Thanks so much for your message. So great to hear from another “sensitive child”. Thanks for sharing what you know about HIES. We have also tried to reduce our son’s exposure to artificial preservatives and flavours in his diet. Are you a member of the Hyper IgE FB group? https://www.facebook.com/groups/HIESGroup

    It’s great to connect with others who are in a similar situation. Wishing you all the best.

  24. Hi. Writing from Cape Town South Africa. Our youngest has just been diagnosed with Job’s Syndrome and it is a relief to have found a blog to read and share. Thank you for sharing.

  25. Hi Abbie: Sending you hugs and thanks for reaching out. Thanks for your kind words. I have found that the HIES FB group to be very helpful. https://www.facebook.com/groups/HIESGroup

    I know that shortly after our son’s diagnosis was a very emotional time for us. One positive thing about it, is that it gave us some answers and some context and a community of people to reach out to.

    I know that it’s not an easy journey, but wishing your youngest and your family all of the best…

  26. Hi, glad to have found your blog! I’ve had hyper IGE for most of my life. I’m looking into possible treatments and am considering cannabis oil. Have you heard of anyone having success with it? Thanks,


  27. Hi David: I haven’t personally tried cannabis oil or heard anyone having success with it. After you have tried it, please report back and let us know.

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