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Robert Medhurst
Written by Robert Medhurst

The author identifies some homeopathic remedies often indicated in first aid homeopathy for infants and children.

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
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
BurnsCantharis
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
CroupSpongia
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
InsomniaChamomilla
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
NosebleedsMillefolium
Regurgitation of foodFerrum met
RingwormSepia
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)
ThrushBorax
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.

Visit Robert Medhurst – BNat DHom at his website : www.adelaidehillsnaturopath.com.au

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

About the author

Robert Medhurst

Robert Medhurst

Robert Medhurst BNat DHom DBM DRM DNutr is a qualified Naturopath & Homoeopath with 28 years of clinical experience and currently practices in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia. He has written many articles and lectured on homeopathy throughout Australia and the U.S. Robert previously operated several natural therapies practices in Sydney and was involved in teaching and research. He was formerly the Expert Advisor on Homeopathy to the Federal Government of Australia, Dept. of Health & Ageing. He specialises in homeopathy and is the author of The Business of Healing, the definitive guide for clinical practice establishment and management. For more information see adelaidehillsnaturopath.com.au. Robert Medhurst is author of the recently released : The Concordant Clinical Homeopathic Repertory

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