Generally, children and babies respond very well to homeopathic treatment. They have usually not been exposed to as much conventional drug therapy as adults.
Homeopathy can also help to strengthen a child's natural defenses and immunity, helping to restore a state of good health.
Acute cold and flu symptoms respond well to homeopathic treatment. Homeopathic remedies come in different strengths or potencies. The lower potencies which range in strength from 6X, 6C, 30X and 30C are appropriate for use at home. The correct choice of remedy will work at any strength. In general, remedies in the strengths of 6X and 6C need to be repeated more often than the 30X or 30C. For chronic conditions, constitutional homeopathic treatment is indicated. In this case, a homeopathic remedy is chosen by a trained homeopath after a lengthy interview. This method can be very effective for the long-term resolution of chronic conditions.
As a mom, my homepathic remedies kit is one of my most treasured posessions! I highly recommend having a kit in your home because you will often need to try out several different remedies before you dial in on the right one for your child's specific remedies.
Homeopathy is safe and effective in treating most childhood ailments, including:
Stomache Upset & Motion Sickness
Homeopathy is also a good choice for Childhood infectious diseases such as:
Some Common Homeopathic Remedies for Children...
Aconitum napellus (Aconite)
Indications: Useful for colds, flu and other ailments with symptoms that come on suddenly (one minute the child is OK, the next minute he or she is not). Use at onset of illness (first 24 hours) Never use at the end of an illness
Symptoms: often come on after a cold, dry, windy day. Very anxious, panicky Sudden onset of fearfulness. Anxious look on the face with perspiration. Feels worse in the cold. Feels better with rest. Thirst for cold drinks One cheek red, the other pale (or both red). earaches: Painful earache with a high fever colds: Sudden onset of a runny nose that is watery and hot. fevers: High fever that comes on suddenly. cough: Sudden onset of a dry, croupy cough
(Belladonna prepared and sold as a homeopathic remedy is nontoxic and safe)
Indications: Good with intense illness, throbbing pain, when a child is delirious or hallucinating with fever or wakes up saying that his or her right ear hurts. Also useful for early stages of illnesses that come on suddenly.
Symptoms: primarily on right side. Sensitive to noise. Glassy eyed, red-faced with dilated pupils. Pulse in neck is visibly throbbing. Worse in presence of noise or light, when jarred, when lying down and at 3 p.m. or 11 p.m. Feels better when sitting, and when in a dark, quiet room. Wants cold water or lemonade. earaches: Severe pain in right ear (causing child to cry during sleep. colds: Painful, red, throbbing sore throat (often worse on right side); may also have nosebleeds. fevers: High fever, usually 103° F and above; head feels hot, limbs cold; the child can be so hot that he or she radiates heat. cough: Dry, tickling cough, worse at night.
Indications: Useful for pain, including teething and colic in babies. A child who is in a "chamomilla state" is obviously unhappy and uncomfortable. Very angry, irritable, impatient, contrary. Also can be inconsolable, crying, screaming and arching his or her back. Asks for something, then refuses it.
Symptoms: Sweaty head One cheek red, the other pale. Thirsty. Green diarrhea. Better when rocked or carried. Worse from 9 p.m. and later. earaches: Sensitive to cold and noise (feels better with warmth); pain that makes child frantic. colds: Watery, hot, runny nose that is also stuffed; difficulty sleeping. fevers: Alternates between feeling chilled and overheated. cough: Dry, tickling cough; hoarseness; worse from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Indications: A child who can benefit from Mercurius usually smells sick. He or she is hurried and restless.
Symptoms: Foul breath and perspiration. Drooling, sweaty and worse at night. Worse with extremes of hot or cold. Feels hot one minute, cold the next. earaches: Earaches worse at night; thick yellow or green discharge from the ear. colds: Raw, burning sore throat; hoarseness; swollen tonsils and glands; thick, runny yellow-green mucus that irritates the nose, making it red and sore. fevers: Night sweats; easily chilled and overheated. cough: Dry cough, worse at night.
Indications: A child who responds to Pulsatilla may present changeable symptoms and changeable moods. Feels better outside. He or she can be shy, weepy and clingy. Wants attention and company. Cries easily and desires to be carried. Feels warm, and better with fresh air.
Symptoms: Yellow-green discharge that doesn't irritate the skin. Lack of thirst. earaches: Worse at night; may have a yellow-green discharge from ears; hearing is muffled. colds: Yellow-green mucus; nose sometimes runny, sometimes stopped; runny nose is better outside; yellow-green discharge in eye (conjunctivitis). fevers: Changeable temperature; can feel chilled yet desires open air; fever with no thirst. cough: Dry cough at night, loose during the day; cough worse in warm, stuffy rooms; feels better sitting up in bed, or with fresh air.
Homeopathic Remedies for Common Childhood Ailments...
Chamomilla for painful teething with or without fever. The teething is frequently associated with colic. You always know to use Chamomilla when the child has one hot cheek, the other pale and cold.
Coffea Cruda for the restlessness observed in the teething child.
Calcarea Phosphorica for delayed or difficult teething, as well as the colic frequently associated with teething.
Dioscorea for the treatment of cramps or colic in the abdomen which seem relieved by straightening up or leaning back.
Chamomilla for the child with a poor tolerance for pain, restless and squeamish. The Chamomilla child usually has one hot cheek, the other pale and cool. The child seems improved when carried or pushed in the stroller
Colocynthus to relieve violent cramp-like pains which are relieved by heat and pressure. It is also helpful to relieve the irritability associated with pain.
Magnesia Phosphorica to relieve colic characterized by being spasmodic or intermittent. The colic is relieved by gentle pressure, warmth and burping. The symptoms are usually worse on the right side and there is usually a general muscular weakness.
Aconite when the fever comes on suddenly. The child's skin is hot and dry and like Chamomilla one cheek can be hot, then other pale, The child is usually worse in a warm room and better in open air.
Ferrum Phosphoricum in early stages of all inflammatory problems. The fever usually has a gradual onset with a pale complexion with red cheeks. The child is usually worse when lying on the right side and at night and when moved. The child feels better when cold.
IRRITABILITY & RESTLESSNESS
Passiflora has a tradition of usefulness in relaxing children.
Avena Sativa is indicated for the restless or sleepless child
Calcarea Phosphorica is indicated for fretful, peevish children. Children are often restless for 2 or 3 hours after midnight and awakening from sleep as if frightened.
Kali Phosphoricum when the child cannot rest because of over-stimulation.
Mag Phoshorica a traditional homeopathic calmative remedy.
COUGHS & CROUP
Ipecac for constant coughing frequently associated with nausea.
Aconitum Napellus when child awakens with dry, hoarse, croup cough.
Spongea Tosta for croup, cold, coughs beginning in throat, for dry barking raspy cough
Antimonium Tartaricum for rattling of mucous in chest followed by non-productive cough, sleepiness worse when damp & warm. The child improves when cool, sitting up.
Equisetum indicated for frequent, voluminous bed-wetting, dreams or nightmares when urinating.
Rhus Tox for bed wetting associated with restless sleep.
Belladonna for restless children who talks in sleep and dreams about urinating.
Kreosotum when the child dreams of urinating, worse when cold, better when warm.
Rhus Toxocodendron Indicated for the intense itching when the child is restless both physically and mentally. The child is usually worse when cool or during sleep or rest and improved by motion and warm applications.
Antimonium Crudum when the child is fretful and irritable worse after a bath or from heat and better when resting or in open air.
Sulfur intense itching. thirsty; worse when bathed, warm and put to bed.
Colocynthus for explosive diarrhea preceded by cramp-like pains.
Aloe Socratans for foul smelling stools
Arsenicum Album for child exhausted after a movement Chamomilla, for soft stools associated with teething.
Nux Vomica for diarrhea resulting from over-feeding or when baby strains but can only pass a small amount of stool
Children's Bumps and Bruises respond very well to Arnica.
Homeopathy can be a wonderful ally for children by providing alternatives to prescription drugs.
Herbal Dosages for Children
~ Herbal Dosages for Children ~
Infusions & Teas
If Adult Dose = 1 Cup:
Newborn to 2 Years ~ One dose equals 1/2 teaspoon.
2-4 Years ~ 2TBS.
4-7 Years ~ 1/4 Cup
7-11 Years ~ 1/2 Cup
(A nursing mother may also take an adult dose and the herbs will be transmitted to her baby through her breast milk, filtered and diluted to the appropriate strength.)
If Adult Dose = 1 teaspoon:
Younger than 3 months ~ 2 drops
3-6 months ~ 3 drops
6-9 months ~ 4 drops
9-12 months ~ 5 drops
12-18 months ~ 7 drops
18-24 months ~ 8 drops
2-3 years ~ 10 drops
3-4 years ~ 12 drops
4-6 years ~ 15 drops
6-9 years ~ 24 drops
9-12 years ~ 30 drops
Herbs for Colic
Herbal Remedies for Colic
ANISE seed, CATNIP, DILL seed, & FENNEL seed tea are all good remedies for this condition due to their antispasmodic properties. Nursing mothers can make a tea of the crushed seeds or leaves and sip throughout the day. A diluted tea can be given to bottlefed babies.
The digestive tract of a newborn takes several months to mature and regulate. During this time some babies show signs of colic - which is a term used to describe a variety of symptoms such as persistent crying - especially after feeding, signs of flatulence or trapped gas, pulling up of the legs and a generally 'unsettled' baby.
Many people advise nursing mothers to avoid garlic, onions, cabbage family plants and all spicy foods. However, nursing mothers in Central and South America have a diet largely based on these foods and rarely have colicky babes. It may be that food additives and preservatives are liklier culprits. Try to avoid processed foods and caffeine while nursing.
Homeopathic Remedy for Colic...
*note from editor: newborn babies aren't yet capable of discharging their own energy. They're born expecting to be carried about by a busy mom, which allows for this discharge. Babies who spend a great deal of time lying down rather than in-arms, will often get fussy in the evenings due to pent up energy. If this is the case, try wearing baby in a sling or carrier throughout the day and see if this helps.
Herbs for Colds & Flus
Herbal Remedies For Common Cold
This condition is an infection of the upper respiratory tract, caused by a virus. There are over 200 different types of viruses that can cause such an infection. Usual symptoms include sore throat, sneezing, coughing, head & nasal congestion, runny nose and watering eyes.
The usual duration is a week to ten days.
Helpful Herbs include:
ASTRAGALUS, boosts immune system, protects nasal passages from rhinoviruses.
CAT'S CLAW, assists the immune system in ridding the body of viruses faster.
ECHINACEA, reduces susceptibility to colds, speeds recovery.
ELDERBERRY, helps break a fever, promotes perspiration, antioxidant.
EPHEDRA, relieves congestion, soothes cough, decreases risk of asthma attack.
GINGER, eases congestion in head & chest, relieves chills.
HOREHOUND, relieves nasal congestion.
HYSSOP, antiviral, expectorant.
SHITAKE, stimulates immune system after stress.
SLIPPERY ELM BARK
THYME relieves sore throat., reduces mucus in nasal passages.
TILDEN FLOWER, extract is used to relieve cough & sore throat.
Herbs for Earaches
Herbal Remedies For Ear Infections
ECHINACEA, used as a tincture to reduce drainage and speed healing.
GARLIC OIL, is applied to a cotton ball and placed inside ear to help fight infection.
GOLDENSEAL , tincture or capsules are used to boost immune system and speed recovery.
GREEN TEA, is used to help fight viral infections.
MULLEIN OIL , relieves inflamed lining in ear canals. It is applied to cotton and inserted into ear.
OLIVE LEAF, tinctures and capsules are used to fight infection.
ST. JOHN'S WORT OIL , has antiviral properties which help
Herbs for Bites & Stings
Herbal Remedies For Insect Bites
ALOE GEL, relieves inflammation.
CALENDULA, cream is used as a natural insect repellent which also soothes skin irritation.
CITRONELLA OIL is a natural repellent that can be put on lightbulbs or used in candles to repel bugs.
COMFREY, cream promotes tissue healing.
TEA TREE OIL is an antiseptic which helps prevent infection.
Herbs for Fever
Herbal Remedies For Fever
CATNIP , promotes sweating and brings down fever.
ECHINACEA, tincture or tea helps break a fever.
HYSSOP, combined with LICORICE ROOT, & THYME , will lower a high temperature.
Herbs for Cuts & Scrapes
Herbal Remedies For Cuts and Scrapes
ALOE GEL, gel activates macrophages that fight bacterial infection, helps reduce pain & swelling.
BAYBERRY, a compress helps prevent bacterial infections.
CALENDULA, stimulates collagen production and helps prevent infection.
CHAMOMMILE, used as an infusion or poultice,stops cuts & scrapes from oozing.
COMFREY , used in a salve or cream to help relieve pain and accelerate healing.
GOLDENSEAL , has antibacterial properties which help fight infection. Applied as a paste.
GOTU KOLA, taken internally accelerates healing, reduces scarring.
ST. JOHN'S WORT OIL , prevents infection, reduces inflammation, relieves pain.
Herbs for Diaper Rash
The redness and irritation caused by diaper rash are usually caused by being in a wet diaper too long.
Contact rashes can also be triggered by a reaction to disposable diapers, plastic pants, laundry detergents, soaps or lotions, etc...
The Herbal Medicine Cabinet
As a mother I have gained so much from educating myself about the various home remedies that are effective in treating imbalances in my children's health.
Not only does it bring peace of mind knowing that I can provide relief from common ailments like colds and flus, and bumps and bruises, but I've also really come to appreciate getting to know the delicate intricacies of each of my children's constitutions.
There's an intimacy involved in treating your children's imbalances yourself - an opportunity to strengthen the mother-child bond. In addition, I feel like I'm setting the groundwork for my children to be responsible for their own health and well-being as they grow to maturity. Of course herbs can be a wonderful ally for preventing imbalances.
Here are some herbs to have on hand to treat the minor conditions that you would normally treat yourself:
ALOE VERA GEL (ALOE VERA)
Soothes cuts, scrapes and minor burns, including sunburn. Apply topically to wound site. Look for preparations that contain at least 98 percent aloe vera or better yet, keep a big aloe plant growing in your home so you'll always have plenty of fresh juicy leaves on hand!
ARNICA CREAM (ARNICA MONTANA)
Offers pain relief, heals bruises and reduces inflammation, easing muscle aches, strains and sprains. Rub into injured area as needed. Look for preparations that contain at least 15 percent arnica tincture.
HOMEOPATHIC ARNICA TABLETS
Good to have on hand to give to kids when they fall down or get bumped and bruised.
BACH FLOWER REMEDIES' RESCUE REMEDY
Quells anxiety and nervousness. Place 4 drops in drinking water as needed throughout the day.
BLACK COHOSH TINCTURE (CIMICIFUGA RACEMOSA)
Relieves abdomen, lower back and leg cramps associated with premenstrual syndrome. (For adults only - never give to growing children.)
CAYENNE POWDER (CAPSICUM FRUTESCENS)
Stops pain immediately and bleeding from minor cuts and scrapes. Sprinkle wound with cayenne powder (it will probably sting) and apply pressure until bleeding stops. Then wash it out, disinfect the wound and bandage it. Kitchen variety is OK; also available in cream preparations.
CRYSTALLIZED GINGER CUBES (ZINGIBER OFFICINALIS)
Contains antispasmodic components to relieve nausea. Anti-inflammatory components may bring relief for migraine headaches.
You can make a teat by boiling several cups of water and a few slices of ginger for about 10 minutes. Strain, sweeten with honey and drink to relieve nausea and coughs.
ECHINACEA TINCTURE (ECHINACEA ANGUSTIFOLIA; E. PURPUREA)
Fights upper respiratory, urogenital, fungal and parasitic infections. This is one herb I always have plenty of. It is very effective at stopping nasty bugs if given at the very first signs of imbalance. I've discovered that if I put a dropperful of tincture in a small glass with the juice of 1 freshly squeezed orange and 1/2 of a packet of Alacer's vitamin C powder, even small children will drink it down. We've had incredible results fighting off colds and flus with this mixture at our house! Making your own tinctures is very economical.
EYEBRIGHT (EUPHRASIA OFFICINALIS)
Clears eye infections and soothes red, tired eyes from allergies or pollution. Make an infusion with capsule contents or loose herb and apply as a compress. If you can't find eyebright, substitute chamomile tea bags. Fennel also works well.
FENNEL SEEDS (FOENICULUM VULGARE)
Alleviates gas and stomach upset. Chew several seeds. Make a tea by steeping a teaspoon of seeds in boiling water for about 10 minutes; strain and drink.
GOLDENSEAL TINCTURE (HYDRASTIS CANADENSIS)
Eliminates traveler's diarrhea caused 'by exposure to unfamiliar bacteria in food and water. Also works well with Echinacea to fight colds or flu.
LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL (LAVANDULA OFFICINALIS)
Disinfects cuts and scrapes, works as an analgesic to relieve pain. Relaxes muscles and restless or anxious mind. Apply topically. Rub on temples to relieve headache. Put 10-15 drops in a warm bath to soothe a cranky child (or mom!)
HOMEOPATHIC NUX VOMICA TABLETS
Calms headaches, stomachaches and even hangovers. Given at the first signs of nausea, this remedy can really calm an upset tummy fast.
ST. JOHN'S WORT SALVE (HYPERICUM PEFORATUM)
Relieves the discomfort of hemorrhoids. Apply topically.
SLIPPERY ELM LOZENGES (ULMUS RUBRA)
Soothes sore throats and suppresses coughs.
TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL (MELALEUCA ALTERNIFOLIA)
Disinfects cuts and scrapes, dries acne and eliminates nail fungus and athlete's foot Apply to wounds, acne, nails and feet straight from the bottle. If tea tree oil is too drying, make a topical solution with 4 parts tea tree to 6 parts water.
VALERIAN TINCTURE OR CAPSULES (VALERIANA OFFICINALIS)
Works as a tranquilizer to relieve insomnia and anxiety.
Stimulates immune system to fight infections ranging from the common cold to urinary tract infections. Available in capsules, tablets and powders. I keep a box of Alacer's vitamin C powder on hand for mixing with nasty tasting tinctures.
ZINC LOZENGES (GLUCONATE OR ACETATE FORMS)
Reduces duration of cold or flu. Take with food to avoid nausea.
A WORD ABOUT HOMEOPATHY
As a mother, one of my most valued posessions is my homeopathy kit! I use it all the time for acute conditions like colds, flus, coughs, upset tummies, and rashes. And it's an integral part of my first aid kit for bumps, bruises, bites, stings, etc.
With a bit of practice and a good book on homeopathy, you'll soon dial in on the appropriate remedies for your own child. It gives me such peace of mind to know that when a health issue arises I can turn to a safe, relable remedy - and one that is easy and painless for a child to take!
Read more about homeopathy for kids.
Learn to Make Your Own Herbal Remedies!
Herbal Products Resource Guide
~Essential oils and creams should not be taken internally.
~Follow label instructions for dosage information (herbal formulas, in particular, vary in quality and potency from one manufacturer to the next).
~If your condition doesn't improve after a few days, consult your health care practitioner.
~If you're pregnant, nursing or on prescription medicine, never take any medicine (natural or synthetic) or apply creams or essential oils without consulting your health care professional first.
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