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Homeopathy for Infants and Children

homeopathy for infants
Written by Robert Medhurst

The author identifies some homeopathic remedies often indicated in first aid homeopathy for infants and children. 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. There are few non-urgical measures which are as effective as this remedy.

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
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.

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 BNat DHom DBM DRM DNutr is an Australian Naturopath & Homeopath with 40 years of clinical experience. He has written many articles and lectured on homeopathy throughout Australia and the U.S. Robert previously set up and operated 5 natural therapies practices in Sydney and Adelaide and was involved in teaching and medical 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, as well as The Concordant Clinical Homeopathic Repertory. For more information see adelaidehillsnaturopath.com.au.


  • DEAR DR,

  • very very thanks..sir..for your written task for infantile-homeo-valuable medicines…
    once again very very thanks to hpathy-team for providing this task to infantile-homeo-practitoners…
    umanath tewari, lucknow, india dated 14.11.2013.


  • Thanks for the effort that you made to provide information about homeopathic medicines for kids in an easy manner.

  • Welcome. Wising you healthy life & become the best in your field. Wising you also more success in homoeopathy treatment. Could you please mail me some more information about infant diseases.
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful article.
    Live long.

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