Homeopathy for your summer holidays #5 Insect bites and stings

Here are a few homeopathic and natural remedies to help ease the upset and the pain of an insect bite or sting. 2 or 3 doses of the better indicated remedy at half hourly intervals will suffice.

Apis (homeopathic bee sting)

Apis is the homeopathic remedy prepared from a bee and as you would imagine is the first remedy to think of for bites or stings from any insect. When Apis is indicated, the affected area is swollen and red and will feel hot. It'll sting or burn and it'll feel better for something cool put on it. 

Urtica Urens (homeopathic Nettle)

If there is a rash which resembles a nettle rash or there are hives which come up after a bite or sting, think of this remedy.  Not surprisingly it's great for actual nettle rash too! 

Arnica (Mountain Daisy)

If all you have on you is Arnica, then give that. It'll help ease the shock and upset. 

In addition to these homeopathic measures, Calendula tincture or cream will be soothing on the affected area. Diluted vinegar or lemon juice on a wasp sting, and diluted bicarbonate of soda on a bee sting are also helpful. 

Feel free to get in touch for further information, and thanks for reading. 

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Homeopathy for your summer holidays #4 Food poisoning

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Food poisoning can lead to a nasty bout of vomiting or diarrhoea, or if you're really unlucky, both simultaneously. The following remedies can be very helpful to speed your child's recovery and get you back to enjoying your holiday all the sooner. Decide which remedy fits your child's symptoms most closely, and give it every half hour for up to 4 doses, then hourly for a further two doses, if required. 

Arsenicum Album 30c

This is the first remedy for food poisoning. As a student I was taught to give Arsenicum with one hand and have a bowl in the other ready; as a parent, I have found this advice invaluable! Arsenicum is very good at helping the body eject from its stomach what it doesn't want inside it. 

The child has frequent bouts of burning diarrhoea, which smells terrible and leaves their anus sore. Their vomit will also feel burning and give them a sore throat. The child will be very restless and needy, and though their vomit and diarrhoea will be burning, they themselves will be very chilly and want to be warm. They will be thirsty for just little sips of water at a time. 

Nux Vomica 30c

I am including this remedy as it is invaluable for kids who've eaten too much of the wrong thing, but it also can come in very handy for their parents' hangovers. If we focus on the kids, Nux Vomica is useful for food poisoning, but also if there's been an overindulgence in rich or junk food, when there's vomiting a couple of hours after overeating. Nux Vomica is useful also when there's retching and a feeling of wanting to be sick but bringing nothing up. 

The child feels temporarily better after they've passed stool, but will have diarrhoea again straight after they eat, or first thing in the morning. They will also have lots of wind and could well have a bloated abdomen. The child needing Nux Vomica will not be a mild-mannered patient; they'll be very grumpy and irritable.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you found this useful. Don't hesitate to get in touch for further information. 

Homeopathy for your summer holidays #3 Sunburn and Sunstroke.

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It's hard to think of a better example of prevention beating cure than sunburn and sunstroke, but accidents happen and so the advice below might be useful. 

The symptoms of sunstroke are as follows: high fever, fast pulse, red hot skin but an inability to sweat, headache and nausea. 

There are three homeopathic remedies described here which could well apply to your child's situation. Give the one which most closely resembles your child's symptoms in a 30c hourly for up to 6 doses. As the symptoms reduce in intensity, reduce the dosage similarly. 

Sol 

This remedy is prepared from potentised sunlight and can be very useful in managing many ill effects of the sun: not only sunburn and sunstroke but also prickly heat and sun headaches. If your child is very fair skinned, or if they are prone to finding strong sun difficult to manage, and you are heading for a sunny holiday, give them a single dose twice daily for the first 3 days of your holiday to enable your child to adjust more comfortably.

Belladona 

This is an indispensable kids' remedy full stop. Give your child Belladonna if they produce a high fever, have red hot skin and perhaps appear delirious. Their pupils are liable to be dilated. 

Apis 

This remedy is produced from the honey bee, and is applicable when the skin is red, swollen and puffy. Your child will complain that their skin feels like it's burning or stinging. 

 

In addition to these homeopathic remedies, do make sure your child is well hydrated, and seek medical help if symptoms worsen. 

Many thanks for reading and don't hesitate to get in touch for further information. 

Homeopathy for your summer holidays #2 Jet Lag

A combination of three plants work very well to minimise the impact of jet lag on your system. The three plants are Cocculus (Indian Cockle), Gelsemium (Yellow Jasmine) and Arnica (Mountain Daisy). Take one dose before flying, another two doses spaced out en route, and another dose on landing to better enable you to hit the ground running! Don't hesitate to get in touch for further information, and happy holidays!

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Homeopathy for your summer holidays #1 Travel sickness

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If your holidays tend to get off to a tricky start with a child who is prone to travel sickness, consider the homeopathic remedies below.

The two biggest remedies for travel sickness are Cocculus and Tabacum. Look at the descriptions to see which remedy suits your child better, and give it to them slightly before you start out on your journey and again if the symptoms come on.

Cocculus

This remedy suits a child who suffers when travelling by car, boat or plane. The child feels dizzy and sick, and will want to lie down.

Tabacum

This remedy will help a child who wants to be out in the fresh air to help their nausea and dizziness; they’ll hate to be in a stuffy atmosphere. The travel sickness this child experiences may come alongside sweating and feeling chilly.

In addition to these homeopathic measures, consider taking some ginger biscuits along with you; ginger can reduce nausea very effectively.

Happy homeopathy, happy holidays!

China

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China is an excellent recovery remedy to help your child after a nasty bout of D and V or food poisoning. China is the number one remedy to lift the debility that remains following a loss of fluids or dehydration. Your child may be left with persistent watery, painless diarrhoea, with a lot of wind and a feeling of utter exhaustion. A few doses of China will clear the diarrhoea and restore your child's energy. 

Be sure to include China in your homeopathy first aid kit. Homeopathy: pharmaceutical-free healing. Please feel free to get in touch for more information. 

Kali Bichromium

Kali Bichromium, or Potassium Bichromate, is a brilliant remedy to help clear your child's (or your) stubborn snot. It is the first remedy to think of acute sinusitis, and is not a remedy for the beginning of a cold, but works wonders for shrugging off snot that otherwise refuses to budge. Characteristically, the kind of snot that Kali Bic will help get rid of is tough, stringy or glue-like and is yellow or green. There may be a similar kind of discharge from the ears, throat or even the eyes. Your child might complain of a headache over their eyebrows, and if they're old enough to be able to do so, a feeling of pressure at the root of their nose. A few doses of Kali Bichromium will help the snot to be expelled and not to make a comeback. 

Many thanks for reading, and please feel free to get in touch for further information. 

Ledum

Ledum is the first remedy to think of for puncture wounds. Give it straightaway if your child has received an insect bite or sting, or even if they have been bitten by an animal, to minimise the bruising and chance of infection. Ledum will still be effective even some time after the initial injury if the part is still purple-ish and puffy, and your child feels better if something cool is placed on top of the area. As an injection is a kind of puncture wound, think of Ledum if your child has a vaccination.

Ledum is also the number one remedy for black eyes from a blow to the area, and will work well after Arnica to speed healing. Many thanks for reading and feel free to get in touch for further information.

Drosera

Drosera is primarily a cough remedy that will ease bouts of dry, barking coughs that come on the very moment your child's head hits the pillow. The coughs come in spasms and can be so violent that they end in retching or vomiting. If your child is old enough to express it, they might tell you that the cough feels tickly, or that the bouts of coughing make them feel like they're choking. The worst time for kids needing Drosera is often from midnight into the small hours, but the cough can also come on as soon as they lie down, too. Drosera is also the number one remedy for whooping cough. For more information about how homeopathy can help your child, please feel free to get in touch.

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Belladonna

Belladonna is an excellent fever remedy for children who react in a very big way to the onset of an illness. Belladonna isn’t your remedy if your child has a long lingering cold, but think of it at the very start of an illness when your child suddenly becomes burning hot, red but dry to the touch. Their pupils might appear dilated, and their fever may make them have hallucinations, or strike or kick out at you. With four children, I cannot count the number of times I’ve prescribed Belladonna at home, let alone in practise too. A well-timed dose of Belladonna can stop the onset of an illness in its tracks and save you from many a sleepless night.

Thanks for reading, and please feel free to get in touch for more information.

Calcarea Carbonica

Does your child suffer recurrent colds or ear infections? I couldn't run my practice without Calcarea Carbonica, or oyster shell. This mineral is indispensable for enabling children to build their immunity, boost tardy development and become less likely to develop coughs, colds and ear infections.

The child who typically would benefit from the homeopathic remedy Calcarea Carbonica is normally a little pudgy as they are enthusiastic eaters, loving especially dairy and eggs. They are also often sweaty, particularly around the head and neck, and their sweat, like their poo, can smell quite sour.

Calcarea Carbonica kids aren't the most confident as they tend to be worriers. Their worries can manifest in seeing monsters in the dark, which gives them nightmares. Things are easily exacerbated by images they see on TV. Despite this, Calcarea Carbonica kids are usually independent souls and will keep ploddingly slowly but determinedly (and stubbornly!) onwards till they get what they want.

If this brief profile rings any bells for you as a parent, please get in touch to find out how Calcarea Carbonica and other homeopathic remedies can help your child. Thanks for reading.

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Calendula

Does anyone have an accident-prone toddler on their hands? Calendula, which is homeopathic Marigold, is a powerful remedy to have in your first aid kit. It promotes the rapid healing of cuts, grazes and other open wounds. Calendula heals so efficiently that to prevent dirt from being locked in, it is essential to ensure the wound is scrupulously clean before using it. Calendula can be used topically as a cream or tincture or internally as a remedy. Calendula's soothing properties make it an excellent balm for eczema and other skin irritations. Please get in touch for further information.

Aconite

Aconite is another must-have as a parent. If you’re ever been woken at midnight or thereabouts by your child who is feverish, fearful and suddenly coughing, holding their ear or seeming as if they’re coming down with something, a dose of Aconite is called for. Aconite is indicated for illnesses that come on suddenly, especially if you’re child’s been caught in the cold the day before. A well-timed dose of Aconite from your home-prescribing kit can nip whatever is brewing in the bud very beautifully and give you back your night’s sleep. As it says alongside the image, Aconite is also a remedy used for shock and also feelings of panic in older children or adults. Please get in touch for more information.

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Chamomilla

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Chamomilla is an essential homeopathic remedy to have on hand to help manage the trials of infancy and toddlerhood. This simple daisy is a saviour if your child is teething and is displaying the symptoms described beside the image.

Chamomilla suits a child whose teething pains seem entirely out of proportion, making them extremely hard to please. The child is cross and will want one thing then another, sometimes hurling things away - or at you - in their frustration. They will not be put down and will scream if you dare attempt to do so. When your child is in a Chamomilla frame of mind, you’ll likely be at your wit’s end. Their teething is often accompanied by sour-smelling diarrhoea. Chamomilla will help soothe the pain, calm the nerves, and give you the chance to get the kettle on. 

Please get in touch to find out more about how homeopathy can help your child.

Top Ten kids' homeopathic remedies to have at home #10

Pulsatilla

As a parent to four children, Pulsatilla has saved me from being entirely grey - as yet. Pulsatilla, the Wind Flower, has rescued me from otherwise sleepless nights and stressful days with a poorly child or two. 

Pulsatilla can be used for a great many complaints, but only when the child is displaying the following symptoms: tearful, whiny, clingy and having changeable symptoms. 

Pulsatilla children with a cold will have copious amounts of bland yellowy-green snot which might dangle decorously from their nostrils. With their cold, they're likely to be tearful, whiny and clingy, and the snot will pour one minute then the next the nose with be blocked. 

The Pulsatilla tummy ache is likely to have been brought on by overindulgence in the rich foods that Pulsatilla kids love: ice cream and cake. (Pulsatilla is a great remedy to have in your bag for the trip home from kids' parties.) Alongside the stomach pain, the child will be, yes, you've guessed it, tearful, whiny and clingy. 

Pulsatilla is also a primary remedy for kids' coughs. As this remedy applies when symptoms are changeable, the cough can be dry or loose and rattly, but the cough will often be accompanied by gastric symptoms. 

Pulsatilla can be the right choice for many other complaints including earaches, fevers and colds, always with those central core symptoms explained before.

Go to helios.co.uk for excellent quality homeopathic remedies. Feel free to get in touch for further information, or come along to see me at the Low-Cost Children's Clinic on alternate Monday mornings at Havelock Centre, Southsea. 

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Top Ten kids' homeopathic remedies to have at home #9

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Magnesium Phosphate (Mag Phos). 

Magnesium Phosphate, or Mag Phos, affects muscular and nervous tissue and can be wonderfully soothing for all kinds of muscular spasms or neuralgic pain. It's so soothing that it is known as the "homeopathic aspirin". 

What characterises this remedy is that the pain will be better for warmth and/or pressure. A child with cramping abdominal pain like colic, will bend double to ease the pain. Your older daughter with period pain will want a hot water bottle on her abdomen. Your teething baby will feel better for warm drinks or something warm on the cheek of the affected side. Children's growing pains will also feel better for warmth. All of above situations would be soothed by a dose of Mag Phos. 

If your child has symptoms like those described above, give Mag Phos 6 or 30 and watch their reaction. If the pain backs off but returns, give a further dose and repeat for up to 6 doses. Unlike other homeopathic remedies, Mag Phos is even more effective when given dissolved in warm water.

Go to helios.co.uk for excellent quality homeopathic remedies and feel free to get in touch for further information, or come along to see me at the Low-Cost Children's Clinic on alternate Monday mornings at Havelock Centre, Southsea.

Top Ten kids' homeopathic remedies to have at home # 8

Dioscorea (Wild Yam; pictured here)

This is the second major homeopathic remedy in this top ten used to treat colic in infants and stomach upsets in older children and adults. The distinguishing feature of this remedy is that the abdominal pain is better for arching or stretching back. The remedy we looked at last week was Colocynthis and in many ways it is the opposite of Dioscorea, with pain which is better for doubling up and putting pressure on the abdomen. The Dioscorea baby will arch their back to help ease the pain. 

If your child has bouts of colic with symptoms like those described above, give Dioscorea 30 and watch their reaction. If the pain backs off but returns, give a further dose and repeat for up to 6 doses. 

Go to helios.co.uk for excellent quality homeopathic remedies and feel free to get in touch for further information. 

 

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Top Ten kids' homeopathic remedies to have at home #7

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Colocynthis for Colic

Colocynthis is an indispensable remedy for colic. Babies who draw their knees up into their abdomens and scream when suffering colic would benefit greatly from a dose of Colocynthis. 

The pains associated with this remedy are typically cramping, come in waves, and can sometimes be accompanied with vomiting or diarrhoea. The child is likely to be very irritable because of the pain, though the opposite is also true because moments of anger can sometimes bring on a Colocynthis state. 

The Colocynthis baby pulls its knees up to his or her chest as the pains are relieved by pressure. It is for this reason that Colocynthis babies like to be carried over their parent's shoulders or to lie on their abdomens, and older Colocynthis children may dig their firsts into their abdomens to relieve the pain.

If your child has bout of colic and their responses to the pain are like those described  here, give them Colocynthis 30 and watch their reaction. If the pain eases but then returns, give a further dose and continue doing this for up to 6 doses. 

Go to helios.co.uk for excellent quality homeopathic remedies, and feel free to get in touch for more information.

Fellow homeopath, Vanessa Gabbett and I will be running an information session on these Top Ten remedies for home prescribing on 9th July at the Havelock Centre, Southsea. Please get in touch for more information, or for tickets, please click on the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/homeopathic-healing-for-babies-and-children-tickets-46917897695?aff=ehomecard

Top Ten kids' homeopathic remedies to have at home #6

ABC - Aconite, Belladonna, Chamomilla. 

Managing your child's fever is as simple as ABC - Aconite, Belladonna and Chamomilla.

It can be very worrying to find your child is producing a fever. The temptation is to want to bring down the temperature immediately, but the fever is a sign that your child is fighting something. It is a very healthy reaction and needs to be supported. 

The advice of the NHS is in accordance with this. Naturally, there are definitely times when action needs to be taken, and the NHS website clearly sets out when and how to act. However, in a straightforward situation, the following can be done: 

Encourage your child to drink to avoid dehydration. Sucking on ice cubes suits some older little ones. 

Breastfeed if applicable - this is sometimes all that your child will require. 

Sponge down your child's face and body to keep your child's temperature at an acceptable level.

In addition to this, if your child's temperature remains high and they seem to be struggling, the remedy combination ABC can work wonders. The remedies which make up this combination are Aconite, Belladonna and Chamomilla, and they are the three primary childhood fever remedies. As children invariably produce fevers at night when all you want to do is sleep, the ability to differentiate between remedies and find the one which best suits your child, is almost impossible. The combination remedy ABC, therefore, enables you to treat your child effectively and efficiently. 

In acute situations, your child will use up the remedies quickly, so be prepared to give a dose of ABC hourly while the symptoms last. If you have given the remedy 4 times and the fever subsides but then reheightens, seek professional help. 

Go to helios.co.uk for excellent quality homeopathic remedies.

Fellow homeopath, Vanessa Gabbett and I will be running an information session on these Top Ten remedies for home prescribing on 9th July at the Havelock Centre, Southsea. Please get in touch for more information, or for tickets, please click on the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/homeopathic-healing-for-babies-and-children-tickets-46917897695?aff=ehomecard

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