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Homeopathic Treatment of Infant Colic

A discussion of infant colic including symptoms, tips for repertorizing and often used remedies.

Translated by Katja Schütt and Alan Schmukler

I don‘t know why, but my consultation room is often frequented by patients suffering from the same symptoms and ailments. I can‘t choose the cases, but it is clear that when you are called, you have to find a solution, whatever it may be. Something like that happened to me during the last weeks. I have had several consultations about digestive problems in children who still get breast milk and not any other food.

I asked my good friend and pediatrician Dr. Jose Pascual Llopis, who gave me theoretical information and told me about his experience with these cases. I decided that this was a good time to write an article about colic in breast fed children. Use of this information may help lessen the severity and distress of this ailment, which occurs quite frequently, and for which there are only a few solutions.

Theory

According to the literature, colic is a condition characterized by “prolonged crying episodes, sometimes inconsolable, which repeat almost daily and especially in the afternoons and evenings. It occurs in healthy children a few months of age (Spanish Society of Emergency Pediatrics). Other articles add that colic’s are “usually accompanied by other symptoms suggesting abdominal pain” (Lorente and Dalmau Serra Ferrer, El cólico del lactante, in Nutrición Infantil).

According to medical practice, this condition is diagnosed when there is “the presence of inconsolable and intense pain which often occurs in the evening and is associated with symptoms like abdominal distension, legs drawn up against the abdomen and redness of skin tears in children under the age of three months who are otherwise healthy. Symptoms begin after taking the breast and usually get worse during the course of the day “. (Ibídem, Ferrer-Dalmau).

According to these authors, the origin of the pain is “probably multifactoral and may include family relationship problems, alternations of the gastrointestinal function and intolerance or allergy to cow milk’s protein“.

Mothers used to attribute these problems to the accumulation of gas. Other specialists mention the possibility of a silent gastroesophageal reflux disease, whose only manifestation is the baby’s weeping.

TREATMENT

Phytotherapy

FENNEL, LICORICE, MELISSA and CAMOMILE can be used. Also MAUVE FLOWERS can be added. These help in reducing gas, protect the digestive mucosa, act carminatively and calm the baby when it’s weeping. There is a pharmaceutic preparation called COLIMIL, which besides the mentioned herbs, provides a vitamin complex (however, this might cause constipation according to some parents). The laboratory Soria Natural has a preparation called PEQUESAN DIGESTÓN which containts plant extracts and vitamins prepared as a syrup.

Diet

In the case of babies, one should proceed in the following way:

  • Substitute cow’s milk with milk from other sources like soy, rice, almonds, oats.

  • The mother should limit the drinking of cow’s milk, and also the eating of eggs and fish if the child does not ameliorate.

From the medical point of view a substitute of casein hydrolysate is usually given, which scientific studies found helpful in a variety of cases.

HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT

To chose the appropriate remedy the following symptoms and localizations should be checked:

Weeping (time of day, type of weeping)

Abdomen (flatulence or swelling; hardness; amelioration from pressure or aggravation from touch; amelioration or aggravation from massaging the tummy; audible noises like bubbling on touch)

Feces (color and consistency; diarrhoea or constipation before eating or immediately after; odor)

Movements (whether the patient remains quiet or moves constantly; whether he moves the legs as if cramping; whether there is an amelioration or aggravation from stretching or bending; convulsions)

Hunger (hunger or no hunger; whether the patient ceases to eat during the course of the day or whether the appetite remains; weight loss or constant weight; refusing the breast)

Rectum (easy or difficult expelling of flatus; odor, pain)

Mind (whether sleep is affected: insomnia; whether sleep ameliorates or aggravates; whether the child desires company or wants to be alone; weather there is amelioration from rocking, or if the child refuses contact)

Temperature (fever; cold abdomen or extremities; sweat or profuse perspiration; odor of sweat)

Appearance (redness or paleness of cheeks; congestion)

Stomach (whether there is vomiting – voluntarily or forced – or, on the contrary, is there reflux – involuntarily; hiccoughs)

HOMEOPATHIC REPERTORY

ABDOMEN, PAIN, GRIPING, CRAMP, COLIC

2 bell, 2 cham, 1 cocc, 1 coloc, 1 cupr, 2 dios, 1 ign, 1 kreos, 2 mag-m, 3 NUX-V, 3 OP, 2 plb, 1 polyg, 1 rad-br, 1 rat, 1 sulph, 1 valer, 1 verat, 2 zinc

Phatak – Phatak

ABDOMEN, COLDNESS, COLIC, WITH

1 calc, 1 kali-s

Phatak – Phatak

ANXIETY IN, COLIC, WITH, IN CHILDREN

2 calc-p

Complete – Abdomen

SCREAMING, CHILDREN, COLIC, WITH

Chamomillahr1,kr1 Nux-v.hr1,kr1

SCREAMING, CHILDREN IN, COLIC, WITH

3 CHAM, 1 coloc, 1 mag-c, 1 mag-p, 2 nux-v

Murphy – Children

COLICS, CHILDREN IN

aeth.mp1 bell.mp1 Calc-p.mp1 Carb-ac.mp1 carb-v.mp1 CHAM.mp1 chin.mp1 Cinamp1 Coloc.mp1 dios.mp1 ign.mp1 kali-br.mp1 lyc.mp1 Mag-c.mp1 MAG-P.mp1 NUX-V.mp1 staph.mp1

COLIC, FLATULENT, CHILDREN IN

1 senn

Unassigned – Clinical

COLIC, FLATULENT

1 cham, 1 mang-p, 1 polyg

Unassigned – Clinical

COLIC, INFANTS

1 aeth, 1 bell, 2 calc-p, 2 carb-ac, 1 carb-v, 3 CHAM, 1 chin, 2 cina, 2 coloc, 1 dios, 1 ign, 1 kali-br, 1 lyc, 2 mag-c, 3 MAG-P, 3 NUX-V, 1 staph

Murphy – Children

COLIC, INFANTS, GRIPING, WITH CONSTIPATION IN

2 nux-v, 3 OP

Murphy – Children

COLIC, INFANTS, CONSTIPATION, WITH, CAUSED BY STIMULATING FOOD TAKEN BY MOTHER OR NURSE, MUCH FLATUS

2 nux-v

Murphy – Children

COLIC, INFANTS, GRIEF, AFTER TAKING BREAST OF MOTHER WHO SUFFERS FROM

2 ign

Murphy – Children

COLIC, INFANTS, FLATULENT, WITH DRAWING UP OF LEGS

3 MAG-P

Murphy – Children

COLIC, INFANTS, LEGS, DRAWING UP

2 cham, 2 coloc

Murphy – Children

COLIC, INFANTS, ANGER, MOTHER OR NURSE, FROM

2 calc-p, 2 cham, 2 staph

Murphy – Children

COLIC, INFANTS, PERIODIC, 5 p.m.

2 kali-br

Murphy – Children

COLIC, INFANTS, INDISPOSITION, OF NURSE, FROM

2 cham, 2 staph

Murphy – Children

COLIC

1 alet, 1 all-s, 1 aloe, 1 alumn, 1 anth, 1 aphis, 1 coch, 1 arum-i, 1 asc-t, 1 astac, 1 bell, 1 cham, 1 cina, 1 cocc, 1 coff, 1 colch, 1 colocin, 1 coloc, 1 convo-a, 1 dios, 1 dirc, 1 elat, 1 euphr, 1 ferr-p, 1 gamb, 1 gent-l, 1 graph, 1 haem, 1 hell-v, 1 anis, 1 kali-br, 1 kali-n, 1 mang-p, 1 mang-s, 1 mang-o, 1 mom-b, 1 nux-v, 1 onis, 1 op, 1 ped, 1 plb, 1 plb-chr, 1 rham-cath, 1 scorp, 1 senn, 1 stann, 1 verin, 1 verat, 1 verb

Unassigned – Clinical

CONVULSIONS, SPASMS, COLIC, DURING

1 bell, 1 cic, 1 plb

Phatak – Phatak

DIARRHOEA, CHILDREN IN – STOOL, ODOR, SOUR, WITH SOUR ODOR OF THE BODY AND VOMITING OF SOUR MILK – LOOSE AND SOUR STOOL, WITH COLIC, AFTER TAKING THE BREAST

Rheummp1

COLIC, PAIN, TYPE OF PAIN, RADIATING, SHOOTING, DARTING, TEARING, SPASMODIC

3 ACON, 3 BELL, 3 BRY, 2 calc, 3 CHAM, 2 cocc, 2 coch, 3 COLOC, 2 cupr-acet, 3 CUPR-AR, 2 graph, 2 ip, 2 kali-c, 3 LYC, 3 MAG-P, 2 merc, 2 morph, 3 NUX-V, 2 ox-ac, 2 plat, 3 PLB, 2 podo, 3 PULS, 3 SULPH, 2 paraf

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, RESTLESSNESS, TWITCHING AND TURNING FOR RELIEF

2 coll

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, MODALITIES, AGGRAVATION, MOTION, RELIEF FROM LYING ON SIDE, FROM

2 bry, 2 coc-c

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, TYPE OF PAIN, CLICKY, CRAMPY, CONSTRICTING, CUTTING, GRIPING, PINCHING

3 ACON, 2 aesc, 2 agar, 3 ALOE, 2 ant-t, 2 arg-c, 3 ARG-N, 2 arn, 2 asaf, 3 BELL, 2 bism, 2 bry, 3 CALC-P, 3 CHAM, 3 CHIN, 3 CINA, 3 COCC, 3 COLCH, 3 COLOC, 2 con, 2 croto-t, 2 cupr, 3 CUPR-AR, 3 DIOS, 3 DULC, 3 ELAT, 2 eup-per, 2 fil, 3 GAMB, 2 grat, 3 HYPER, 2 ign, 2 iod, 3 IP, 2 iris, 3 JAL, 3 JATR, 2 kali-bi, 2 kali-c, 2 lach, 2 lept, 3 LYC, 3 MAG-C, 3 MAG-P, 3 MERC-C, 2 nat-s, 2 nicc, 2 nit-ac, 3 NUX-V, 2 phos, 2 phyt, 3 POLYG, 2 puls, 2 rado, 2 raph, 3 RHEUM, 2 sabad, 2 sec, 3 SEP, 2 spig, 3 STANN, 2 stry, 2 sulph, 2 trom, 3 VERAT, 2 vib, 2 zinc

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, CAUSE AND NATURE, BABIE’S COLIC

2 aeth, 2 all-c, 2 asaf, 2 bell, 2 calc-p, 3 CHAM, 3 CINA, 2 coloc, 3 ILLEC, 2 jal, 2 kali-br, 2 lyc, 3 MAG-P, 2 menth, 2 rheum, 2 senn, 2 staph

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, CONCOMITANTS, SCANTY STOOL, FLATUS WITHOUT RELIEF

2 cina

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, MODALITIES, AMELIORATION, HOT APPLICATIONS OR WARMTH, FROM

2 ars, 2 coloc, 3 MAG-P, 2 podo, 2 puls, 2 sil

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, MODALITIES, AMELIORATION, FLATUS VOIDED PER ANO, FROM

2 aloe, 3 CARB-V, 3 CHIN, 2 cocc, 3 COLOC, 2 nat-s, 2 sulph

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, CONCOMITANTS, NAUSEA, FREQUENT, WATERY, SLIMY STOOLS

2 cham, 2 samb

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, CAUSE AND NATURE; NEURALGIC; ENTERALGIA

2 alumn, 2 ant-t, 2 ars, 3 ATRO, 3 BELL, 2 cham, 3 COCC, 3 COLOC, 2 cupr, 2 cupr-ar, 2 hydr-ac, 2 hyos, 2 kali-c, 3 MAG-P, 3 NUX-V, 2 op, 3 PLB, 2 sant, 2 tab, 2 verat, 2 zinc-m

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, CONCOMITANTS, RED URINE

2 bov, 3 LYC

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, CAUSE AND NATURE; GASTRIC DISORDER FROM

2 carb-v, 3 CHIN, 2 coloc, 2 dios, 2 ip, 2 lyc, 3 NUX-V, 3 PULS

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, TYPE OF PAIN, PULSATING, BUBBLING

2 aeth, 3 ALOE, 2 bar-m, 3 BELL, 3 BERB, 2 calc, 2 ign, 2 sang, 2 sel, 2 tarax

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, CONCOMITANTS, RUMBLING OF FLATUS, NAUSEA; LIQUID FECES

2 polyg

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, CONCOMITANTS, AGITATION

2 coll

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, MODALITIES, AGGRAVATION, ABOUT 4 – 5 P.M.

2 coloc, 2 kali-br, 3 LYC

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, REMEDIES IN GENERAL

2 acon, 2 aloe, 2 alum, 3 ARG-N, 2 arn, 3 ARS, 2 bar-c, 3 BELL, 3 BRY, 3 CAJ, 3 CALC-P, 2 carb-ac, 2 carb-v, 3 CHAM, 3 CHIN, 2 chin-ar, 2 cic, 3 CINA, 3 COCC, 2 coff, 3 COLCH, 2 col-a, 3 COLOC, 2 croto-t, 3 CUPR, 3 CUPR-ACET, 2 cycl, 2 dig, 3 DIOS, 3 ELAT, 2 fil, 3 GAMB, 2 grat, 3 IGN, 2 illec, 3 IP, 3 IRIS, 3 JAL, 2 lept, 2 lyc, 3 MAG-C, 3 MAG-P, 2 merc, 3 MERC-C, 3 MORPH, 2 nat-s, 3 NUX-V, 3 OP, 2 ox-ac, 3 PLAT, 3 PLB, 2 podo, 2 polyg, 3 PULS, 2 raph, 3 RHEUM, 3 RHUS-T, 2 sabad, 2 samb, 2 sars, 3 SENN, 2 sep, 3 SIL, 3 SIN-N, 3 STANN, 2 staph, 2 stry, 2 thuj, 3 VERAT, 3 VIB, 2 zinc, 2 iris-t, 3 LIM, 2 paraf, 2 adren

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, MODALITIES, AGGRAVATION, BENDING FORWARD, FROM; LYING DOWN, PRESSURE

2 acon, 3 DIOS

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, MODALITIES, AGGRAVATION, AFTER MIDNIGHT

3 ARS, 2 coc-c

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, MODALITIES, AGGRAVATION, BENDING, COUGHING, FROM

2 ars, 2 bell, 3 BRY, 2 nat-m

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, MODALITIES, AMELIORATION, SITTING ERECT, FROM

2 sin-n

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, CAUSE AND NATURE, FLATULENT COLIC

2 absin, 2 agar, 3 ALOE, 2 anis, 3 ARG-N, 2 asaf, 3 BELL, 3 CAJ, 2 calc-p, 2 carbn-s, 3 CARB-V, 3 CHAM, 3 CHIN, 2 cina, 3 COCC, 2 coloc, 3 DIOS, 2 hydr-ac, 3 ILLEC, 2 ip, 2 iris, 3 LYC, 3 MAG-P, 2 menth, 3 NUX-V, 2 op, 2 plb, 3 POLYG, 2 puls, 2 rado, 3 RAPH, 2 rob, 2 sang, 3 SENN, 2 zinc, 2 alf, 2 but-ac

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, CONCOMITANTS, CONVULSIONS

2 bell, 2 cic

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, CONCOMITANTS, DIARRHOEA

2 ars, 2 cham, 3 COLOC, 2 mag-c, 2 polyg, 2 puls, 2 samb, 2 verat

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, CONCOMITANTS, CHILLINESS

2 nux-v, 2 puls

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, CONCOMITANTS, OBSTIPATION

2 all-s, 3 ALOE, 3 ALUM, 2 cocc, 2 col-a, 2 grat, 2 lyc, 3 NUX-V, 2 op, 2 sil

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, CONCOMITANTS, SOUR STOOLS

2 rheum

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, CONCOMITANTS, CHEESK RED, HOT SWEAT

2 cham

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, MODALITIES, AMELIORATION, BENDING DOUBLE, FROM

2 bov, 2 chin, 3 COLOC, 3 MAG-P, 2 podo, 2 sep, 3 STANN, 2 sulph, 2 verat

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, MODALITIES, AMELIORATION, EATING, FROM

2 bov, 2 hom

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, MODALITIES, AMELIORATION, STOOL; FROM

2 aloe, 2 coloc, 2 tanac, 2 verat

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, MODALITIES, AMELIORATION, PRESSURE, FROM

3 COLOC, 3 MAG-P, 2 nit-ac, 2 plb, 2 rhus-t, 3 STANN

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, MODALITIES, AMELIORATION, RUBBING, WARMTH, FROM

2 mag-p

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, MODALITIES, AMELIORATION, RUBBING, FROM

2 plb

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, MODALITIES, AMELIORATION, SITTING, LYING DOWN, FROM

2 nux-v

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, MODALITIES, AGGRAVATION, ANGER, FROM

3 CHAM, 2 coloc, 2 staph

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, MODALITIES, AGGRAVATION, EATING, FROM

2 bar-c, 3 CALC-P, 2 chin, 3 COLOC, 2 kali-bi, 3 NUX-V, 3 PSOR, 2 zinc

Boericke – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, MODALITIES, AGGRAVATION, BENDING FORWARD, FROM

2 ant-t, 3 DIOS, 2 sin-n

Boericke – Abdomen

PAIN, GENERAL, DIARRHOEA, AGG., DURING, COLIC

1 acet-ac, 1 acon, 1 aesc, 2 aeth, 1 agar, 1 alco, 1 alet, 1 aloe, 1 alum, 1 am-c, 1 am-m, 1 ambr, 1 ammc, 1 anan, 1 ang, 2 ant-c, 1 ant-t, 1 anthro, 1 apoc, 1 aran, 2 arg-n, 2 arn, 2 ars, 2 ars-s-f, 1 arum-i, 1 asaf, 1 asar, 1 aspar, 2 astac, 1 atro, 1 aur, 1 bals-p, 1 bapt, 1 bar-m, 2 bell, 1 bism, 1 bov, 1 bruc, 2 bry, 1 bufo, 1 cact, 1 caj, 1 calc, 1 calc-ar, 1 calc-p, 1 calc-s, 1 cann-i, 1 canth, 1 caps, 1 carb-v, 1 carbn-s, 2 cast-eq, 1 caul, 1 caust, 1 cean, 1 cench, 1 cent, 3 CHAM, 2 chin, 1 chin-ar, 1 chin-s, 1 chlor, 1 chloram, 1 cimic, 1 cina, 1 cist, 1 cob, 1 coca, 2 cocc, 2 colch, 1 colchin, 1 coll, 3 COLOC, 1 con, 2 cop, 1 corn, 1 corn-f, 1 crot-h, 1 croto-t, 1 cub, 1 cupr, 1 cupr-acet, 1 cupr-ar, 1 cur, 1 cycl, 1 cyt-l, 1 dig, 3 DIOS, 1 dulc, 1 elaps, 1 electr, 1 erig, 1 euon-a, 1 euph, 1 euph-c, 2 ferr, 1 ferr-c, 1 ferr-p, 1 ferr-s, 1 fl-ac, 3 GAMB, 1 gast, 1 gels, 1 gent-l, 1 glon, 1 gnaph, 2 gran, 1 graph, 1 grat, 1 guat, 1 hell, 1 hep, 1 hipp, 1 ho, 1 hura, 1 hydr, 2 hyos, 2 indg, 1 influ, 1 iod, 2 ip, 1 iris, 2 jug-c, 1 kali-ar, 1 kali-bi, 1 kali-br, 2 kali-c, 1 kali-chl, 1 kali-i, 1 kali-n, 1 kali-p, 1 kali-s, 1 lac-c, 2 lach, 1 lath, 1 led, 1 lept, 1 linu-c, 1 lob, 1 lob-d, 2 lol, 2 lyc, 1 lycps, 2 mag-c, 1 mag-m, 2 mag-p, 1 malar, 2 manc, 1 med, 1 mela, 2 merc, 2 merc-c, 1 merc-cy, 1 merc-d, 1 merc-i-r, 1 merc-n, 1 merc-pr-r, 1 merl, 1 mez, 2 mill, 2 mim-p, 1 mit, 1 mosch, 1 mur-ac, 2 nat-m, 2 nat-s, 1 nicc, 1 nit-ac, 1 nuph, 1 nux-m, 1 nux-v, 2 op, 1 opl, 1 oreo, 1 osm, 1 ovi-g-p, 1 ox-ac, 1 ozone, 1 paeon, 1 perh, 1 petr, 1 ph-ac, 1 phos, 1 plan, 1 plb, 3 PODO, 1 polyg, 1 puls, 1 raph, 1 rat, 2 rheum, 1 rhus-t, 1 rib-ac, 1 ric, 2 rob, 1 rumx, 1 russ, 1 sanic, 1 sars, 1 sec, 1 senec, 1 sep, 1 sil, 1 spig, 1 spira, 2 stann, 1 staph, 1 still, 1 stram, 1 stront-c, 1 stroph, 2 sulph, 1 tab, 1 ter, 1 term-c, 1 thuj, 1 trio, 2 trom, 1 tub, 1 uran-n, 1 valer, 2 verat, 1 vip, 1 wies, 1 zinc, 1 zing

Complete – Abdomen

PAIN, GENERAL, DIARRHOEA, AS IF, WOULD COME ON, COLIC, WITH

1 acet-ac, 1 bar-c, 1 bor, 1 carb-an, 1 caust, 1 cob, 1 croto-t, 1 digin, 1 eupi, 1 haem, 1 ign, 1 ind, 1 jatr, 1 junc, 1 kreos, 1 led, 1 meph, 1 nat-m, 1 onos, 1 phos, 2 phys, 1 prun, 1 sabin, 1 zinc

Complete – Abdomen

PAIN, NEURALGIA, IN GENERAL, CRAMPS, GRIPING, COLIC

1 agar, 2 bell, 1 cact, 3 CALC, 1 caust, 2 cham, 1 cocc, 3 COLOC, 3 CUPR, 2 dios, 1 dulc, 2 graph, 1 hyos, 2 ign, 1 lach, 2 lyc, 1 mag-m, 1 mag-p, 2 nit-ac, 3 NUX-V, 2 plat, 1 plb, 1 rheum, 1 sec, 1 sil, 1 stann, 1 staph, 3 SULPH, 1 verat, 1 vib

Phatak – Phatak

PAIN, ABDOMEN, DIARRHEA, SENSATION AS IF, COLIC, DURING

1 agar, 3 ALOE, 1 alum, 1 am-c, 1 am-m, 1 ant-t, 1 apoc, 1 aran, 2 arg-n, 2 ars, 1 asaf, 1 bapt, 2 bell, 1 bov, 2 bry, 1 cact, 1 calc, 1 calc-p, 1 canth, 1 caps, 1 carbn-s, 1 carb-v, 1 cench, 3 CHAM, 2 chin, 1 chin-ar, 1 cob, 2 colch, 3 COLOC, 1 com, 2 cop, 1 croto-t, 1 cupr, 1 cycl, 3 DIOS, 1 dulc, 1 ferr-p, 1 fl-ac, 3 GAMB, 1 gels, 2 gran, 1 graph, 1 hell, 1 hep, 1 iod, 2 ip, 1 kali-ar, 2 kali-c, 1 kali-i, 1 kali-n, 1 kali-p, 1 kali-s, 2 lyc, 1 lycps, 2 mag-c, 1 med, 1 merc, 1 mez, 1 mur-ac, 2 nat-s, 1 nit-ac, 1 nux-v, 1 ox-ac, 1 petr, 1 phos, 1 plb, 3 PODO, 1 puls, 2 rheum, 1 rhus-t, 1 rumx, 1 sanic, 1 sars, 1 sec, 1 sep, 1 sil, 1 stram, 1 stront-c, 2 sulph, 1 tab, 1 ter, 1 thuj, 2 trom, 2 verat, 1 zing

Murphy – Abdomen

PAIN, ABDOMEN, DIARRHEA, SENSATION AS IF, COLIC, DURING, AFTER

1 mag-c, 1 stann

Murphy – Abdomen

COLIC, PAIN, MODALITIES, AGGRAVATION, NIGHT

2 cham, 2 chin, 2 cocc, 2 senn, 2 sulph

Boericke – Abdomen

ERUCTATIONS, COLIC WITH

1 hyos

Phatak – Phatak

CHILLS, NIGHT DURING, COLIC WITH

led.mp1

STOMACH, VOMITING, GENERAL, CRAMPS, COLIC WITH

aesc-g.hl asc-t.hl atro-pur.hl bism.bro Cuprumbro Cupr-ar.bro jug-c.hl kali-br.hl op.bro phyt.hl pixbro plb.bro podo.hl sarr.bro sol-ni.hl Veratrumbro

FEVER, INTERMITTENT, COLIC WITH

aran.mp1 cham.mp1

FEVER, INTERMITTENT APYREXIA; DYSPEPSIA FLATULENT, WITH HEAT AND TWITCHING IN EPIGASTRIC REGION, ERUCTATION, NAUSEA, VOMITING AND COLIC, IN MEN

Petros.mp1

FEVER, INTERMITTENT APYREXIA, COLIC

ign.mp1

FEVER, HEAT COMES ON DURING SLEEP, SLEEPLESSNESS, COLIC WITH

alum.mp1

FLATULENCE, COLIC WITH

1 cari, 1 micr

Complete – Abdomen

FLATULENCE, PAINFUL WIND COLIC

carb-v.bg3 Chamomillabg3 chin.bg3 lyc.bg3 nat-s.bg3 Nux-v.bg3 puls.bg3 rhod.bg3 staph.bg3 verat.bg3

FLATULENCE, PAINFUL WIND COLIC

1 carb-v, 2 cham, 1 chin, 1 col-a, 1 lyc, 1 mag-p, 1 nat-s, 2 nux-v, 1 ox-ac, 1 puls, 1 rhod, 1 staph, 1 verat, 1 zinc-val

Phatak – Phatak

COLDNESS, ICY, CRAMPS COLIC WITH

1 cupr-ar

Phatak – Phatak

GENERALITIES, CRAMPS, COLIC

Belladonnabg3 cact.bg3 CALC.bg3 caust.bg3 Chamomillabg3 cocc.bg3 COLOC.bg3 CUPR.bg3 Dioscoreabg3 Graphitesbg3 Ignatiabg3 lach.bg3 Lycopodiumbg3 mag-m.bg3 nitricum acidumbg3 NUX-V.bg3 Platinabg3 plb.bg3 sil.bg3 SULPH.bg3 Veratrumbg3 vib.bg3

SHRIEKING, CHILDREN IN, COLIC WITH

CHAM.mp1 coloc.mp1 mag-c.mp1 mag-p.mp1 Nux-v.mp1

SHRIEKING, CHILDREN IN, COLIC WITH

CHAM.mp1 mag-p.mp1 Nux-v.mp1

HICCOUGH, COLIC, WITH

1 hyos

Phatak – Phatak

CHEEKS, RED, COLIC, DURING

1 cham

Phatak – Phatak

FEAR, TOUCH, OF, COLIC, IN

Nux-v.kr1

Complete – Mind

CALF, CRAMPS, COLIC, WITH

1 coloc, 1 plb

Phatak – Phatak

FEET, COLDNESS, COLIC, WITH

1 coloc

Phatak – Phatak

RECTUM, URGING, DESIRE, COLIC, DURING

coloc.mp1 ind.mp1 NUX-V.mp1

RECTUM, CONSTIPATION, CRAMPS, COLIC, WITH

aloemp1 Collinsoniamp1 coloc.mp1 Cypr.mp1 glon.mp1 op.mp1

NOISES, RUMBLING, COLIC, AFTER

1 ars

Complete – Abdomen

VOMITING, COLIC WITH

1 hyos

Phatak – Phatak

HOMEOPATHIC REPERTORY FOR PARENTS

(derived from Castro, Miranda. Homeopathy for pregnancy. St.Martin Press. New York, 1993)

COLIC: Chamomilla, Coloc., Cuprum, Dioscorea, Ip., Mag-m., Mag-p., Nat-p., Nat-s., Nux-v., Secale, Stap.

In babies: Chamomilla, Coloc., Dioscorea, Mag-m., Secale

Abdomen/stomach feels:

bloated: Chamomilla, Coloc., Nat-p., Secale

Rumbling/windy: Dioscorea

Pains:

aching: Ip.

Around the navel: Dioscorea

cramping: Cuprum, Dioscorea, Ip., Mag-m., Mag-p., Nux-v., Stap.

cutting: Coloc., Dioscorea

drawing: Mag-p.

griping: Coloc., Dioscorea, Ip., Nux-v.

pressing: Nux-v.

sore, bruised: Mag-m., Nux-v.

tearing: Coloc.

twisting: Dioscorea

violent: Coloc., Cuprum

In waves: Coloc.

With:

constipation: Mag-m.

diarrhoea: Chamomilla, Coloc., Mag-m., Nat-p., Secale

indigestion: Mag-m., Nat-s.

nausea: Coloc., Cuprum

vomiting: Coloc., Cuprum

Sour vomit: Nat-p.

Better:

Bending back/stretching out: Dioscorea

Bending double/pressure: Coloc., Mag-p.

Hot drinks/warmth of bed: Nux-v.

Passing a stool: Coloc., Nux-v.

Passing wind: Nux-v.

pressure: Coloc.

Stretching out: Dioscorea

warmth: Mag-p.

warmth of bed: Nux-v.

Worse:

After drinking: Coloc., Stap.

After eating: Nux-v.

After eating fruit: Coloc.

Bending forward: Dioscorea

Cold drinks when overheated: Coloc.

coughing: Nux-v.

during a fever: Nux-v.

before a stool: Coloc.

After drinking milk: Mag-m.

In the morning: Dioscorea, Nux-v.

For movement: Ip.

Tight clothing: Nux-v.

Causes:

anger: Chamomilla, Coloc.

Drinking milk: Mag-m.,

excitement: Coloc.

fruit: Coloc.

indignation: Stap.

syntometrine: Sec

teething: Mag-m.

vexation: Coloc., Stap.

MATERIA MEDICA OF THE MAINLY INDICATED REMEDIES
CHAMOMILLA

Anger with great irritability. Wants to be carried in arms. Aversion to being touched. Capricious. Hypersensitive to pain. Discomfort during teething. General aggravation at about 9 am or between 9 or 10 p.m. One cheek red and the other pale. Feces smell like rotten eggs. Feces colored like spinach or chopped grass. Hot feet which are pushed out of the covers at night. Sensitive to music and noise. Weeping during sleep. Flatulent colic with red and hot cheeks. Insomnia due to pain.

COLOCYNTHIS

Irritable and easily angered. restlessness during pain. General and local amelioration from strong pressure. The pain is better for pressure and lying face down (prone), also by bending. They are worse from excitement or anger. Cramps around the navel. Worse by eating, from fruits or strong emotions. Babies are inclined to bend double due to pain. Wave-like and radiating pain. The baby cries when one attempts to move her. Muscle contractions. Green, yellow, muddy, watery stool, sometimes bloody. Jelly-like stool. Stomach cramps at night.

CUPRUM METALLICUM

Mental slowness and torpor. Convulsions. Screams before each seizure. Convulsions worse at night, from excitement, during sleep or when getting wet. Muscle cramps or spasms. Worse from suppressed eruptions. The face turns blue or cyanotic. Abdominal cramps worse from movement. Coughing spells. Tense and hot abdomen, tender to touch. Better from pressure, worse from raising arms. Face pale and bluish. Better drinking cold drinks. When swallowing the descending liquid causes borborygmi. Profuse diarrhea with watery and green stools. Constipation with great heat in the body. Hiccough before vomiting. Chills. Coldness of the skin. Sour odor after convulsions.

DIOSCOREA

Severe abdominal cramps, better by bending backwards or sitting upright. Colic in children bending them back. Worse by bending forward, better by eructation’s. Flatulent colic. Borborygmi with passing of much flatus. Abdomen tender and sensitive to pressure. Flatulence after eating. Cold extremities during colic. Cramps in the flexor muscles of fingers and toes. Better for stretching. Better by bending back. Worse on lying. Yellowish diarrhea. Offensive flatulence. Chills.

IPECACUANHA

Irritability. Worse from vomiting. Generally hot. Face flushed and hot on one side. Very clean tongue despite constant nausea. Intolerance to noise. Anxiety and restlessness during fever. Cramps with nausea and vomiting. Flatulent colic with loose and frequent stools. Cutting pain around the navel. Constant cough. One side of the face hot, the other cold. Pale, blue around the lips and eyes. Dislikes any food. Worse from heat and humidity. Diarrhea when teething with yellowish, whitish or greenish stool. Much flatus when passing stool. Truly offensive and putrid odor of stool. Insomnia. Fever. Alternating chills and heat. Tongue clean, not coated.

MAGNESIA MURIATICA

Passivity. Anxiety at night in bed, when lying down, when closing his eyes. Sensitivity to noise. Chills and worse for cold. Worse in the morning on rising. Worse for touch but better from strong pressure. Worse by the sea. Constipation with hard and knotty stool. Diarrhea or abdominal pain worse from milk or fruit. Constipation in babies when teething. Great flatulence which is difficult to expel and causes numerous pains. Poor appetite. Jaundice. Worse on the right side. Sleepiness during the day. Eructation’s like rotten eggs or onion. Better from eructation’s. White or yellowish tongue.

MAGNESIA PHOSPHORICA

Better for heat and pressure. Worse from cold. Better from hot drinks, pressure, massage or bending. Muscle cramps with radiating pain. Hypersensitive to noise, music or excitement. Bloated, with sensation of fullness in the abdomen which requires loosening the clothing and produces constant expulsion of flatus. Maintains appetite. Thirst for cold drinks. Worse at night. Inflammation of the tongue. Watery diarrhea with vomiting and cramps in hamstrings. Spasmodic hiccough night and day.

NATRUM PHOSPHORICUM

Yellowish and dirty tongue. Noisy flatulence. Hunger. Cold feet during the day and burning at night. Greenish diarrhea. Sour eructation’s. Sour vomiting.

NATRUM SULPHURICUM

Worse from damp weather. Better after stool. Sometimes greenish or grayish discoloration of the tongue. Diarrhea in the morning on rising. Diarrhea with much flatus. Diarrhea in infants of asthmatic mothers. Cramps and flatulence before eating. Flatulence that is difficult to expel. Photophobia. Refuses to eat. Desire for very cold drinks. Yellowish diarrhea and loose stools. Large fecal mass. Very sleepy during the day. Dirty, brown tongue.

NUX VOMICA

Irritability, impatience. Aversion to tight clothing. Fear of the dark. Chills. Worse by cold. Generally better for heat or hot applications. General aggravation from eating. Cramps or severe pains in the abdomen. Better from stool. Children with colic tend to bend their back. Constipation with constant desire to pass stool. Diarrhea alternating with constipation. Insomnia. Wakes up between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. Worse from cough. Rumbling sound in the abdomen in the morning. Flatus difficult to expel. Photophobia, worse in the morning. Face red or yellowish. Hunger. Leg cramps. Bad breath in the morning. Sour sweat on one side of the body. Chills alternating with heat. Stiffness and blue tinge to fingernails.

RHEUM PALMATUM

Irritability, crying. Symptoms appear at night and cause restlessness. Sour odor of sweat and body which does not disappear when washing the baby. Aggravation during teething. Excessive perspiration, especially during sleep. Excessive salivation. Diarrhea with sour odor. Doesn’t sleep much and has little appetite. Gas seem to rise to the chest. Better by bending. Worse by uncovering any part of the body. Cold sweat on his face. Better by heat, lying doubled up. Worse from uncovering, in the summer, at night, after sleeping. Worse by movement. Worse from stool. Bad breath with sour odor. Severe constipation. Yellow stool which turns greenish. Irritation of the anus. Chill alternating with heat. Thirstless.

SECALE CORNUTUM

Worse from heat, both general and local. Better from cold or uncovering. Better in the open air. The skin feels cold. Bleeding tendency. Diarrhea. Itching in the extremities. Warm feet. Restlessness. Patien is thin and has great hunger. Excessive distension of abdomen. Sunken eyes and dark blue circles around the eyes. Increased thirst. Violent cramps. Cold extremities. Watery stools, olive-green, thin, putrid or bloody. Cracked tongue covered with yellowish coat, or clean and dry.

STAPHYSAGRIA

Worse from a morning nap, worse in the afternoon. Aggravation from sleep. Abdominal colic since surgery. Sleeps during the day, insomnia at night. Distended abdomen with much flatus. Smells like rotten eggs. Hungry. Worse from stretching, worse from touch – less in the affected parts. Profuse sweating. Constipation. Dry, hard stools. Yellow stool with odor of rotten eggs. Unhealthy dry skin. Eczema.

TREATMENT WITH COMPLEX REMEDIES

There are some homeopaths who use homeopathic complex remedies offered by various pharmacies. These are already prepared formulas with different components in very low potencies, which are thought to cover as many symptoms as possible and may be repeated as needed.

The following preparations are available:

COLIKIND (DHU)

NUX VOMICA COMPLEX (Boiron)

BASILICUM COMPLEX Nº96 (Lehring)

CHINA COMPLEX Nº107 (Lehring)

MOMORDICA COMPLEX Nº109 (Lehring)

LINUX and CARVIFLAT (Heliosar)

ANACARDIUM Homeosor (Homeosor – Soria Natural)

To use these preparations one should read the instruction leaflet or consult the pharmacist about the proper dose. Usually one fourth of the adult dose is given as a dose.

FINAL COMMENT

In the article entitled “Crying infants”, Vitoria Miñana mentions the need to consider “the recent vaccination, especially tetanus, diphtheria (adult-type) and acellular pertussis […] although the side effects of other vaccines should not be underestimated. One should also consider whether there were changes at the injection site, as local reactions are not uncommon, even when a proper technique of vaccination is applied “(p. 439).

These words made me consider the possibility that many of the colic cases may be related to vaccinations (in one of my cases the ailments started after vaccination according to the mother). Therefore it is appropriate to think of SILICEA and THUJA as emergency medicines, before moving to the acute treatment of the case. As already mentioned in another article on vaccinations, one dose of Thuja 30CH or 200CH and one dose of Silicea 30CH or 200CH given two days apart can do wonders and facilitate a more rapid improvement and the disappearance of the baby’s ailments.

You may also consider the following preparations which are usually of much benefit for babies:

Put four tablespoons of water in a glass and dissolve one or two granules of the selected remedy. Stir well with a spoon and give a teaspoonful every 12 hours during the first two or three days of treatment. Each day the remaining content of the glass should be disregarded and a new solution prepared. As the baby gets better, reduce the dose until only one dose is given a day until symptoms disappear. If the baby does not improve within four to five days, the remedy was most probably badly chosen.

It is also advisable to add some probiotics to help the colon recover and strengthen its function. The probiotics ERGYPHILLUS KIDS offered by the lab Nutergia are of a good quality and trustworthy. Also, INMUNODEN and IMMUNOLAC from Soria Natural.

ADVICE OF A FRIEND

I must say – loud and clear – that LIFE has blessed me with good and faithful friends, who are not just there, but demonstrate their presence with great generosity during each step of my path, every day. Two of them proposed the following simple solutions based on their experiences and as therapeutic professionals and homeopaths. These may complete other homeopathic treatments as described in this article.

My friend Roberto Gonzalez Gutierrez (Zaragoza) told me that “in addition to that which the baby needs, I also advise the mother to modify her diet. First I ask her what she has eaten during the last days, especially on the day before, which she will remember most easily. This is the basis for my recommendations and problems often result from eating wheat, oats, barley, rye or cow’s milk. There may be other intolerance’s although they are less frequent “.

Considering the possible influence of vaccinations, my friend Maria Esther Murie Martinez (Barcelona) gave me the following recommendation: “My experience is to give first Thuja 30CH for very small children, 1 gr. on three successive days. The next week there appears a discharge of mucus and the feces get dark. On the seventh day give Mercurius Solubilis 30CH 1gr on three successive days and stop. Usually the child is much calmer and will have drained a part of the mercury. Wait and repeat the same after 15 days. Giving Magnesia phosphorica 9CH or 30CH, or Colocynthis 30CH or 9CH calms the tummies the most, and can be given along with Thuja to help with abdominal cramps.” She also told me, that Didier Grandgeorge, an well known French homeopath, uses MURIATICUM ACIDUM successfully in cases of colic where the esophageal reflux and stress of the mother are prominent symptoms. She gave me the following link about a clinical case which was reported by this homeopath:

http://www.interhomeopathy.org/muriaticum-acidum-a-case-of-gastroesophageal-reflux-in-a-newborn

Also read Homeopathy for Infants and Children

About the author

Andres Guerrero Serrano

Andres Guerrero Serrano

Andrés Guerrero Serrano has a masters in homeopathy, a diploma in osteopathy, and a masters in nutrition and dietics. He completed the postgraduate course of Natural Medicine at the Universidad in Zaragoza, Spain. He has worked as a teacher of osteopathy and homeopathy. Currently, he tries to integrate his work as a language teacher into his homeopathy practice. He regularly contributes articles in his blog to promote the growth of homeopathy and natural medicine. http://cihotm.blogspot.com http://homeopatasenelalambre.blogspot.com

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