For anyone dealing with health problems in children, homeopathy offers some excellent benefits. Speed of action and ease of use where medicines such as herbs can cause compliance problems, are just two reasons for choosing homeopathics as a method of treating children’s complaints. Four of the most common problems experienced by children are teething, colic, reflux and insomnia.
Colic with abdominal distension accompanied by regurgitation of liquids. Child attempts bending backwards to relieve pain. Symptoms are better for firm pressure but worse for the slightest touch.
|Chamomilla||Spasmodic colic pains that come and goes suddenly. Symptoms are better for being carried, and worse for touch and at night and worse for warmth.|
|Colocynthis||Severe colic pains that are worse in the morning, better for pressure and lying face-down and better for bending double, worse for being angry or excited.|
|Dioscorea||Colic with regurgitation or diarrhoea.|
Better for bending backwards, stretching or hard pressure and worse for lying down or doubling up.
The child tosses and turns and may be kept awake by the fear of nightmares. Symptoms are better for warmth and worse from anxiety, cold wind or cold dry weather
|Belladonna||Restless sleep due to nightmares or recent weaning, sees dreadful images on closing the eyes and jerks and/ or screams out during sleep. May be accompanied by bed-wetting. Better from a light covering, worse for draughts, light or noise.|
|Coffea||Insomnia from mental overactivity and wakes from the slightest noise. Would rather play than sleep. Often wakes at 3 a.m. Symptoms are better for warmth and worse for cold, noise or|
|Ignatia||Insomnia from grief or worry. Sleeps light and wakes too easily from noises etc with a loud cry and tremors. Jerks limbs on going to sleep and whimpering while asleep|
|Carbo veg||Reflux with bloating and belching that arises half an hour after eating. Accompanied by a desire for sweet or salty food, worse at night and when lying down|
|Nux vom||Irritability and reflux with cramping stomach pains, hiccoughs, hunger, flatulence and arching of the back several hours after eating. Worse from pressure of clothes.|
|Phosphorus||Reflux is children who are very hungry and particularly thirsty for cold drinks, but these are regurgitated as soon as they are warmed by the stomach. Better (initially) from cold food or drink and lying on the right side, worse for warm food or drink and worse from touch, weather changes or lying on the left side.|
|Pulsatilla||Reflux with bloating, belching, flatulence and abdominal distension in children who are not thirsty. Better for standing and moving around, worse in the evening and twilight, worse in|
warm stuffy rooms and rest.
Teething in plump children who may be slow to develop (including dentition) and tire easily.
|Calc phos||Teething in irritable and easily bored children who may also have diarrhoea and delayed dentition.|
|Chamomilla||One of the best remedies for teething.|
Child is very irritable, wants to be picked up, has diarrhoea and one red cheek, gums are red and tender and child refuses toys, food or drinks. Better for cold drinks and worse for warm food or drink.
|Kreosote||Teething with restlessness, irritability, constipation and inflamed, spongy gums that bleed easily. Teeth may decay easily. Better for warmth and worse for cold.|