Spring Mums Seek Help From Homeopathy
As spring breathes new life into the natural world, many new mums are turning to homeopathy to help their babies through common illnesses.
As the immune systems of babies and young children aren’t fully developed, they are prone to picking up bugs, and many struggle with common ailments such as teething and colic.
Homeopathic medicines (known as remedies) have always been popular with families. They are non-toxic and safe to use1 even in the very young and in pregnancy.
Feel Good Balham homeopath Sonia Cousillas said: “As an increasing number of conventional medicines for minor illnesses are becoming off limits for young children, parents are looking for alternatives. Homeopathic remedies are mildly sweet and easy to take.”
Homeopathy is a system of medicine which involves treating the individual with highly diluted substances, given mainly in tablet form, with the aim of triggering the body’s natural system of healing. Based on their specific symptoms, a homeopath will match the most appropriate medicine to each patient.
Listed below are some common remedies available over the counter and pointers to the symptoms that would indicate their use:
Colic and Reflux
•Aethusia 30: Give to those babies who cannot tolerate breast milk and have vomiting, regurgitation and/or silent reflux.
•Chamomilla 30: Colicky baby who appears to be intensely irritable and angry with hot cheeks and red face. They have to be carried around which calm them a little. They will get some relief putting something warm on their tummy. The tummy will be distended and they will pass small amounts of wind. It is also indicated for teething when symptoms match.
•Colocynthis 30: The baby is relieved by having firm pressure on their tummy, by laying them over your knee or over your shoulder. This baby will writhe in pain. Passing wind will also be a relief.
•Lycopodium 30: Patients that need this remedy tend to feel worse between 4-8pm and sometimes at 2AM. Flatulence and gurgling in tummy with bloating may also be present as well as constipation. They feel better lying on the right side.
•Magnesium Phos 3X helps with cramps, spasm and pain.
•Natrum Phos 3X tissue salt helps neutralise acids and aids digestion. Vomiting of sour fluid like vinegar. Give this 3 times a day to your baby for 4-6 weeks and if results are encouraging, continue until all symptoms are resolved.
•Nux Vomica 30: If your baby’s tummy appears tight and there are seemingly spasms of pain with constipation also. Oversensitive to all external impressions, very irritable, aversion to cold air, irresistible desire to sleep in the evening ,give this medicine.
•Phosphorus 30: Give this medicine when vomiting begins as soon as the milk becomes hot in the stomach. Strangely the baby is better from cold drinks (or food).
•Silicea 30: For babies who reject the breast and who vomit up breast milk as curds after feeding and are hungry after. They cannot digest it. Give Silicea twice a day to the mother instead.
1.Endrizzi C, Rossi E Crudeli L, Garibaldi D. Harm in homeopathy:aggravations, adverse drug events or medication errors? Homeopathy, 2005; 94 (4) 233-40.1