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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.

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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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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.

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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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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:

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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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Chamomilla

This simple daisy is a saviour if your child is teething and is displaying the symptoms described below. Chamomilla suits a child whose teething pains seem entirely out of properties, making them extremely hard to please. The child is cross and will want one thing then another, sometimes hurling things away in their frustration. They will not be put down and will scream if you dare attempt to do so. 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. 

Chamomilla is not only a teething remedy though, as it comes in extremely handy for many of the irritable phases of childhood. We'll see it again when we look at the fever remedy ABC, as the C stands for Chamomilla. 

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

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Calendula

Calendula, more commonly known as the humble Marigold, is a deceptively powerful header of cuts and wounds. It can be used internally as a homeopathic remedy and externally as a cream or tincture to promote healing of straightforward injuries. It contains organic iodine, and therefore is the homeopathic antiseptic. Calendula's healing powers are so strong that you need to ensure that the wound is totally clean before applying it, as otherwise, dirt can be locked in. 

Think of Calendula if your child has any of the following: cuts or wounds, first degree burns or nappy rash. Give it in a cream form for eczema, and it might well come in handy for mums who've had episiotomies or tears, or who have cracked nipples. 

Go to helios.co.uk for excellent quality homeopathic remedies, tinctures and creams. 

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. For tickets, please click on the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/homeopathic-healing-for-babies-and-children

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Arsenicum

When I was taught this remedy for the first time, I was advised to have a sick bowl handy when administering it to a patient with a dicky tummy, as it is the first remedy to think of for food poisoning. It is also a primary remedy for every parent's nightmare diarrhoea and vomitting.

Arsenicum, however, has a very wise sphere of action, healing fevers, allergic reactions, respiratory problems and flu.

The typical presentation of a child requiring Arsenicum goes like this:

The child wakes suddenly in the small hours with a fever accompanied by a headache, breathing problems or an upset tummy. They'll be anxious, restless and very needy as they'll be scared of being alone in the dark. They'll also be extremely fussy. As symptoms progress, a child needing Arsenicum will have burning pains and burning discharges, but will be extremely chilly and want to be kept warm.

If any of this sounds familiar, Arsenicum could really help your child bounce back quickly without the need for pharmaceuticals.

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. 

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Arnica

This simple mountain daisy is the number one first aid remedy for healing after injuries. It is the first remedy to think of when there has been any kind of trauma, as it acts quickly to reduce swelling, pain and bruising as well as easing the feeling of shock that usually goes hand in hand with injuries.

As a parent it is an incredibly useful remedy to have at home to ease the pain of bumps and bruises, nosebleeds, vaccinations, dental visits, nosebleeds, overexertion, sprains and strains.

Give the remedy internally and also as a cream.

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. 

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Apis (Honey Bee)

Think of this remedy if your child has or gets any of the following:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Hives
  • Insect bites

Kids needing Apis will develop symptoms similar to those produced by a bee sting, with swelling (in a particular area or throughout the body), redness, burning and stinging pains. Apis 30c is an extremely handy remedy to have in the house or on you when you're out and about. 

Next week we’ll look at Arnica – the bump and bruise saviour.

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 to find out more. 

Homeopathy for Hay Fever

As wonderful as it is to see the sun, the pollen that it comes hand in hand with is such a big problem for many. Homeopathy treats like with like, so hay fever patients whose symptoms come in April take a daily dose of homeopathically prepared tree pollen (birch, the main culprit, is pictured here) at this point in the hay fever season, followed by other kinds of pollen as the season progresses. This pharmaceutical-free approach brings relief without drowsiness or other side-effects. Get in touch for more information.

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