Few things compare to the joy and exhaustion of bringing a newborn into the family.
If you are like most families – the first year will be an adventure for you and the child alike. And there’ll be moments when illness and/or injuries strike.
Given that few if any truly safe OTC or prescription drug options exist for humans that small, it’s good to know that there is homeopathy. Homeopathy can often bring speedy relief to little ones with common, acute conditions like ear pain, colic, head colds, diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, bumps & bruises, and more. And homeopathy is wonderfully safe to use with children of all ages.
If you are a new parent – or a parent new to homeopathy – here is a list of twelve remedies you should have in your medicine cabinet with a few indications for their use. For more specific information on the remedy your child may need in any illness or injury, you’ll find more detailed articles on homeopathic remedies for specific childhood maladies on this website under Dr. Samet’s Insights.
The First Twelve:
Aconite: This homeopathic remedy is often called for after a child becomes suddenly ill/feverish after exposure to cold, dry air or from a fright. They will typically have a high fever that comes on suddenly, often at night, be thirsty for cold drinks and appear both anxious and restless.
Arnica: The homeopathic remedy Arnica is perhaps the best known of all the remedies. It is particularly helpful for bruises and bumps and, in fact, is the main ingredient in Washington Homeopathic Products’ Be gone Bruises and Bumps.
Arsenicum album: This is a homeopathic remedy to consider particularly when your baby seems to be noticeably worse from midnight to 2:00 AM, regardless of the ailment. A child needing this remedy will also appear anxious and restless. They will tend to be thirsty, chillier than usual and much better from warmth when this remedy is needed.
Calcarea carbonica: Babies that respond well to Calcarea carbonica tend to be babies with large and particularly sweaty heads. In fact, they sweat so much about the head in sleep that they often wet the sheet they’re lying on. This child may be gassy or colicky and feel much better after a burp. They are a bit chilly by nature, and typically have a delay in teething.
Chamomilla: This one is a must-have for new parents. It is a homeopathic remedy that is helpful when a child is overly sensitive to pain and becomes irritable, restless, impossible to please and inconsolable as a result of it. A child needing this remedy is fussy in the extreme and cannot be quieted unless they are carried endlessly about the house. Often useful in cases of painful colic, ear pain and other problems producing this characteristic temperament.
Ignatia: This remedy is really one for mom and is one of the remedies quite helpful with the blues that may follow delivery of the baby. Mom will tend to cry often, sigh a lot, and be moodier that normal (in additional to occasionally thinking, “what the heck have I done?”)
Lycopodium: A baby needing this remedy is often worse from all ailments from 4:00-8:00pm.
They tend toward digestive upsets and are often gassy and colicky and can have reflux. They are often demanding and somewhat bossy, and hate being told no. They are generally chilly by nature and have, more often, right sided complaints.
Mercurius solubilis: A child needing this remedy is somewhat easy to spot based on the smell of their breath and discharges – in all cases, these are unpleasant smelling. There may also be more drooling than normal. When sick, these children tend to sweat in sleep and are worse from extremes of heat or cold. Symptoms worse generally at night.
Nux vomica: A child needing this remedy will often have cold hands and feet and generally seem chillier than usual, despite seeming to have more heat in the head/face. They will also be irritable and cranky and feel worse in the open air than they do bundled up inside the house.
Pulsatilla: Think of Pulsatilla whenever a sick baby is overly weepy, whiny and clingy and wants to be carried and cuddled constantly. When they are ill, you will find they cry easily, are uncomfortable in a warm room and feel much better in cool open air. They will also tend to be thirstless (compared to their normal state) when sick.
Silicea: If you have a child that is feeling poorly and has bad smelling perspiration – especially around the feet – think Silicea. This child tends to be a bit small and underdeveloped and will be quite chilly when sick, suffering when exposed to cold or a draft. Those needing Silicea have a tendency to be quite timid and yielding.
Sulphur: If you find yourself with a baby whose skin is often red and inflamed and tends to be itchy – particularly when the child is warm – you should consider Sulphur. These babies tend to be warmer than normal, better in cool open air, hungry at 11:00 AM, and can have gas, diarrhea, and even perspiration that smells like rotten eggs.
Remember (particularly if you are new to homeopathy) - the key to choosing the correct/helpful remedy for your child is always the same. One must match the “characteristic symptoms” (i.e., unusual or peculiar) of the child you are caring for (not the common ones like a headache, sore throat, cough, fever, etc.) to a remedy capable of producing similar characteristic symptoms to have success. If you choose a remedy with characteristics most similar to the characteristic symptoms of your new baby, you should have a happy outcome every time. If you don't - they will either feel no effect or one that is mildly positive at best, but there is never a bad effect from choosing the “incorrect” remedy.
Once you have chosen a remedy that appears to match your child’s symptoms dose with a 30C to start - placing one pellet under the child’s tongue or one pellet in water, stirring vigorously and then giving a teaspoon dose as needed (for an infant, the remedy can be added to their formula if they are taking a bottle). Always cease dosing when relief begins and only redose if symptoms again worsen. As with any medical condition, consult with your physician if you have any concerns about the severity of the problem as it may first require medical diagnosis and/or intervention and monitoring.
About Dr. Lisa Samet
Dr. Lisa Samet N.D. provides Washington Homeopathic Products with a weekly column on using homeopathy for the family. She's a naturopathic physician who specializes in homeopathic medicine and she's a partner with Dr. Andre Saine N.D. She is perhaps best known as a guest expert on homeopathy used by Dr. Mehmet Oz M.D. on the popular TV program - the Dr. Oz Show. Dr. Samet graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1998 and has been practicing in Montreal since then. She was born and raised in New York.
Dr. Samet has chosen to focus on homeopathy because in her experience it is the deepest healing modality available in that it does not just soothe or palliate symptoms but can actually stimulate the body to start to heal itself. Dr. Samet sees patients in her Montreal office as well as long distance using Skype. Learn more here: Dr. Lisa Samet. You can follow her on Facebook as well.