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.

ConditionSuggested Homeopathy Remedy
AnxietyChamomilla– better for being held
 Gelsemium– with weakness
 Aconite – with hyperactivity
Asphyxia*Aconite (Must be treated as a medical emergency)
Bed wettingEquisetum
Birth injuryArnica
Bites and stingsApis- from bees and wasps
 Ledum-from mosquitoes, animal bites
 Rhus tox- from plants (nettles etc)
BruisingArnica– worse for damp cold
 Ledum– better for cold
ChickenpoxAconite- 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
ColdsCausticum – when chronic
 Aconite – during the first stages
ColicColocynthis- 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
ConstipationNux vom– Ineffectual urging, or alternation with diarrhoea
 Silica– stool recedes when partially expelled
 Sulphur– large painful stools
 Plumbum met– from atonic bowel
CoughIpecac- productive cough
 Bryonia– dry, hard cough
 Nux vomica– dry, ticklish cough
Cuts and grazesCalendula and Hypericum tincture
DiarrhoeaCalc carb- diarrhoea of undigested food, worse from cold or exertion
 Rheum– stools smell sour
 Veratrum alb– with profuse loose stools, pale and exhausted
EaracheAconite– 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 infectionFerrum 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 inflammationGraphites
FeverAconite- generally
 Belladonna– with red face and delirium, also for milk fever
 Chamomilla– fever during teething
 Gelsemium- with drowsiness
FluAnas barb (200C- 1 dose every 4 hours)
German Measles(Rubella)Pulsatilla
Icterus(Neonatal jaundice)Chelidonium
Indigestion with windCarbo veg
MumpsBelladonna– in the early stages
 Phytolacca- if glands become hard
Night terrorsChamomilla- frightful dreams- sleeps with half-open eyes
 Calc carb- fear or dreams of monsters
Regurgitation of foodFerrum met
Sore throatAconite– 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
TeethingChamomilla– 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, undescendedAurum mur nat (whilst not necessarily an acute situation, there are few non-surgical measures which are as effective as this remedy)
TonsillitisAgraphis– with suppuration
 Baryta mur– with suppuration, coldness and poor muscle power
VomitingIpecac- 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
WoundsLedum- puncture wounds
 Staphysagria- cuts, wounds from incisions
 Silica- for expulsion of foreign bodies from wounds
 Echinacea ang- infected wounds
Vaccines, ill effects fromThuja (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.