What is Homeopathy suitable for ?
Most complaints respond well to homoeopathy. Most of the remedies are readily available over the counter from pharmacies or health shops, and are made from lactose or sucrose so they taste good to children.
What can I treat at home ?
There are many common complaints that you can treat at home using homoeopathy, including :
Colic : If your baby brings her legs up and screams a lot, try Colocynth (bitter cucumber). If she burps and possets a lot, a good remedy might be Carbo vegetabilis (vegetable charcoal). If she is furious, is not soothed by being carried and strains to fill her nappy, try Nux vomica (poison nut).
Teething : Chamomilla (chamomile) might help pain or sleeplessness from teething.
Feverish illness : If your child is pale, Aconite (monkshood) may help if given early in the illness. If she is very hot and red, Belladonna (deadly nightshade) might be better.
Gastroenteritis : As well as giving lots of fluid, you could try Arsenicum album (white arsenic) if there is both diarrhoea and vomiting. Phosphorus might be more suitable for vomiting alone, while Podophyllum (may-apple) can help diarrhoea.
Common cold : For a snuffle baby, Kali bichromicum (potassium bichromate). For a toddler with catarrh or a cold, try giving her Pulsatilla (wind anemone) tablets twice a day.
Bumps and bruises : Swelling and bruising can be relieved with Arnica cream. If there is an open cut or graze, give the Arnica in tablet form.
Night fears : Calcarea carbonic (crushed oyster shells) or Phosphorus could be worth trying.
Bed-wetting : If your child wets the bed early in the night, try Equisetum (souring rush). If she wets it later, try Lycopodium (club moss).
Colic : Distention of abdomen, use Colocynth.
Friday, May 25, 2007