Painful ear problems are common for small children. If you have a little one tugging on one or both ears and crying – chances are you’ll want to have them looked at by a physician. It’s also
good to know that homeopathy is a wonderful way to bring relief in these cases.
Here is a
brief list of the homeopathic remedies most often prescribed for children with this problem:Belladonna: This homeopathic remedy is a great one to think
of when your child’s ear problem develops suddenly and he or she is red, hot
(feverish), dry and (often) lethargic.
Their eyes may appear glassy and bright with enlarged pupils. The child needing this remedy often has
right-sided ear pain (though not always).
Chamomilla: A child needing this homeopathic remedy is
easy to spot. They are restless, irritable
and demanding and will often ask for a toy or a bottle – only to toss it aside
as soon as you give it to them. The
child needing this remedy will often scream with pain but not allow anyone to
go anywhere near the painful ear. The
only thing that quiets the child is being carried.
Ferrum phosphoricum: This homeopathic remedy
can be called for at the beginning of a problem. The picture the child presents is similar to that
for Belladonna - but not as intense (less heat, pain, redness, lethargy). Again – the ear pain may be on the right
side. I have found the best clue to this remedy is that the child will seem
overall well – good appetite, good mood, playing as usual– though they might
have quite a high fever and a huge infection in both ears!
Hepar sulphur: This homeopathic remedy is
often helpful for a child that is extremely sensitive to their environment –
particularly cold air and touch. While this
little one may be as irritable as a Chamomilla child – a child needing Hepar
will prefer to be left alone. Often you can find the ear pain accompanied by a
very congested nose (yellow mucus) and loose or barky cough.
The clues for needing this remedy are usually a right-sided infection which is
worse during the night. In addition you might find a bad odor from the mouth
and a general sweatiness about the child.
Pulsatilla: This homeopathic remedy is often called for
after your child experiences a cold with yellowish-greenish discharge from the
nose first. The child needing this
remedy is often weepy, whiny and clingy and is better from affection (i.e., a
sweet or even pathetic child rather than a “Chamomilla” child). Symptoms are often better in cool fresh air
and from being gently carried. The child
is often thirstless as well.
either a 30C or 200C potency to start - placing one pellet under the tongue or
one pellet in water, stirring vigorously and taking teaspoon doses as needed.
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 your
illness as it may first require medical diagnosis and/or intervention and
About Dr. Lisa Samet:
Dr. Lisa Samet N.D. is an exceptional homeopath who provides Washington Homeopathic Products with a regular 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. 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.
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