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Homeopathic Treatment for Infants and Children (Robert Medhurst)

Homeopathy is widely used by adults, but homeopathy for infants and children is even more popular. One of the areas where homeopathy first aid is most often used is in the management of accidents and ailments suffered by children and infants. Because of the speed with which homeopathy can work in acute conditions of infants and children, and the responsiveness of children to this modality, homeopathy can provide some truly outstanding results in acute diseases of infants and children.

Following is a list of well-used homeopathy remedies for some of the more commonly presenting problems seen in children and infants. Please note that these are intended as a guide, and are for educational purposes only. They are not meant to replace the services of a suitably qualified person.

Condition Suggested Homeopathy Remedy
Anxiety Chamomilla– better for being held
  Gelsemium– with weakness
  Aconite – with hyperactivity
Asphyxia* Aconite (Must be treated as a medical emergency)
Bed wetting Equisetum
Birth injury Arnica
Bites and stings Apis- from bees and wasps
  Ledum-from mosquitoes, animal bites
  Rhus tox- from plants (nettles etc)
Bruising Arnica– worse for damp cold
  Ledum– better for cold
Burns Cantharis
Chickenpox Aconite- where there is fever, restlessness and increased thirst
  Antimonium tart- drowsy, short of breath, sweats freely and has copious salivation
  Apis mel- lesions itching and stinging, worse from heat and better for cold
  Rhus tox- most commonly prescribed for this condition- there is intense itching, worse at night and worse from scratching
Colds Causticum – when chronic
  Aconite – during the first stages
Colic Colocynthis- better for bending double, better for heat, better for hard pressure, worse before and after urination
  Mag phos- better for bending double, better for heat, better for hard pressure, worse for touch
  Senna– where child is full of wind
Constipation Nux vom– Ineffectual urging, or alternation with diarrhoea
  Silica– stool recedes when partially expelled
  Sulphur– large painful stools
  Plumbum met– from atonic bowel
Cough Ipecac- productive cough
  Bryonia– dry, hard cough
  Nux vomica– dry, ticklish cough
Croup Spongia
Cuts and grazes Calendula and Hypericum tincture
Diarrhoea Calc carb- diarrhoea of undigested food, worse from cold or exertion
  Rheum– stools smell sour
  Veratrum alb– with profuse loose stools, pale and exhausted
Earache Aconite– with sensitivity to noise
  Belladonna– with redness
  Chamomilla– worse for heat
  Ferrum phos– for the initial symptoms
  Pulsatilla– hot, red and swollen, worse at night
Ear infection Ferrum phos- best in the first stages, better for cold applications, worse for cold drinks
  Pulsatilla- right-sided, thirstless, better for cool, fresh, open air, worse at twilight
  Aconite- fast onset, very high fever, restless and thirsty
  Chamomilla- better for being carried, worse at night
  Belladonna- face is bright red, high fever, face is hot while extremities are cold
Eyelid inflammation Graphites
Fever Aconite- generally
  Belladonna– with red face and delirium, also for milk fever
  Chamomilla– fever during teething
  Gelsemium- with drowsiness
Flu Anas barb (200C- 1 dose every 4 hours)
German Measles(Rubella) Pulsatilla
Icterus(Neonatal jaundice) Chelidonium
Indigestion with wind Carbo veg
Insomnia Chamomilla
Mumps Belladonna– in the early stages
  Phytolacca- if glands become hard
Night terrors Chamomilla- frightful dreams- sleeps with half-open eyes
  Calc carb- fear or dreams of monsters
Nosebleeds Millefolium
Regurgitation of food Ferrum met
Ringworm Sepia
Sore throat Aconite– at the beginning
  Apis– throat swollen and red
  Belladonna- throat is dry, red and shiny
  Lachesis– left sided
  Lycopodium– right sided or starts on the right side
Teething Chamomilla– the main remedy for this complaint where there is irritability, inflamed gums, drooling and a desire to insert the fingers in the mouth
  Aconite– where high fever is present
Testes, undescended Aurum mur nat (whilst not necessarily an acute situation, there are few non-surgical measures which are as effective as this remedy)
Thrush Borax
Tonsillitis Agraphis– with suppuration
  Baryta mur– with suppuration, coldness and poor muscle power
Vomiting Ipecac- nausea unrelieved by vomiting
  Aethusa- vomits milk, regurgitates food, weak and sweating
  Veratrum album– pale and exhausted
  Argentum nit– from anxiety
Whooping cough* Drosera– the principal remedy for this condition
  Aconite- restless, thirsty, where fever predominates
  Hyoscyamus- worse at night, worse when lying down
  Belladonna- worse at night, red face, hard, barking cough
Wounds Ledum- puncture wounds
  Staphysagria- cuts, wounds from incisions
  Silica- for expulsion of foreign bodies from wounds
  Echinacea ang- infected wounds
Vaccines, ill effects from Thuja (also consider Ledum, Silica, Malandrinum and Vaccininum) use a single dose of 200C

* Must be treated as a medical emergency

 Dosage (unless specified):

Children 2-12 years : 5 drops, 2 pilules or 1 tablet of 6C potency every half-hour for up to 6 doses.

Children under 2 years : Half of the above dose.

Whenever you are using homeopathy for infants or children, please consult a qualified homeopathic doctor.


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