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First Aid in Homeopathy for Infants

First Aid in Homeopathy for Infants

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Published by: Homeopath Aamir Saleem on Jul 04, 2012
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 First Aid in Homeopathy for Infants:In considering first aid for infants and young children, we must stress that the need to involveskilled medical attention at the earliest possible stage is vital, especially in cases which are lifethreatening for example, where dehydration is concerned in cases of fever, diarrhoea and /orvomiting; or where earache persists or in cases of heat or sun stroke or burns or blows to thehead.Homeopathic dosage in Children: For children too young to accept a tablet under the tongue, itcan be dissolved in pure spring water or the remedy may be obtained as a liquid and added to adrink.
BUMPS AND BRUISES
: Cold compresses and rest are recommended as a first aid measurealong with:
 Arnica
: Every 15 minutes after an injury until pain is reduced is the recommendation
 Ruta g
: If bones are bruised, apply distilled witch hazel or corn frey it if bones / joints areinvolved (sprains). A
Calendula
compress (fresh flowers crushed or prepared as an infusion)helps heal bruises rapidly.
COLIC
: Warm or mildly hot compresses to the abdomen help soothe the pain of colic.If child is irritable:
Colocynthis
; if doubled up in pain:
 Magnesia phosphoric
; if combined withnausea (vomiting):
 Ipecac
.CROUP :
There are 3 main remedies for croup,
 Aconite
can be used for particularly violent andsudden cough which are often worse at night. For harsh coughs, that sound like sawing throughwood,
Spongia
is the remedy and for a rattling chest with thick yellow-green mucus, possiblymarked by irritability and chilliness use
 Hepar sulphur
.
DIARRHOEA
: Give the child a lot of liquid, avoid solid food. Once the frequency of stool isreduced give apple-puree (no sugar), fresh yoghurt in small amounts, boiled and mashed fruits.Gradually return to semi-solid and then solid food. Infant strain "friendly bacteria"(bifidobacteria infantis ) which is obtainable from any good health food store , is extremelyuseful in normalizing the intestinal tract of young children following an infection of foodpoisoning, especially if anti-biotics have been used to cure it . In children who have beenweaned, standard acidophilus should be used . A quarter tea spoon full twice daily in water awayfrom mealtimes for a week is suggestedHomoeopathic remedies most frequently indicated are "
 Arsenicum album, China and Aloe socortina
", but others might be needed depending on the individual characteristics of thesufferer
 – 
call an expert.
 
ENURESIS :
Involuntary urination during sleep
China
---- when the child does not awaken even after passing urine and has worms
 Belladonna
----when the child urinates during deep sleep.
Gelsemium
---when even during the day the urge is imperative.
Verbascum Q
--- 3-4 drops daily are found to be very helpful.
FEVER
: Call a doctor; ensure lots of liquid is consumed at regular intervals. Medicinesindicated are:Fever of sudden onset, very thirsty, restless
 – 
 
 Aconite
If very red and agitated, use
 – 
 
 Belladonna
Dry heat, intense thirst worse on movement
 – 
 
 Bryonia album
Fells chilly and can not get warm
 – 
 
 Nux-vomica
Very weepy; can not be left alone, not thirsty
 – 
 
 Pulsatilla
All remedies should be taken four hourly until symptoms improve.
HEAT OR SUN STROKE
: If symptoms like dizziness, nausea, headache appear along withelevated temperature and dry or red skin with history of exposure to strong sun and hightemperature, the chances are that sun stroke or heat stroke exists. Call for medical help; applycool or tepid water to the head, neck, chest and back using towels or sponging. If the temperatureis very high, elevate the head while the child is in bed and apply a cold compress to the forehead, neck while sponging the rest of the body with tepid water. No food should be eaten butwater and unsweetened juices should be drunk.If the child has been exposed to heat and has some of the symptoms listed but the temperature isonly slightly raised with exhaustion, cold clammy skin, then child should rest receive coolsponging and have nourishing mineral rich soups and broths to replenish lost mineral salts.Medicines indicated are:
Glonoine
: It is the chief remedy if the fever is high, should be repeated 2 hourly.
 Belladonna
:
When there is high fever, severe headache, red face, red eyes.
 Natrum mur
:
When there is fever and headache etc.
 
HICCUPS :
Place a warm towel (wrung out in hot but not scalding water) over the abdomen /diaphragm area, re apply after 5 minutes or so. If hiccup continues a warm water or fruit juicedrink may also resolve the problem.In serious diseases hiccup is often indicative of collapse but in hysteric or dyspeptic patients it isnot serious and can be easily controlled.
Ginseng Q
is the best remedy for hiccups
.
 Nux
 – 
vomica
: when it is due to indigestion.
Cuprum-m
: when it is due to spasm with nausea.
LATE IN LEARNING TO WALK
: Some times , a child does not start to walk until very late
 – 
sixteen months or even later, despite the absence of any neurological disability, homoeopathycan help in such instances
Calcarea carbonica
: It is for fearful children who have poor muscle tone and are oftenoverweight
Causticum
: Also lacks the necessary muscle tone
Sulphur
:
Does not want to make any effort, he does not care about walking and is quite happyto remain in his lazy state of bliss
 Baryta carbonica
: He does not understand how much joy he will get from walking
 Agaricus
is awkward and clumsy
 Natrum muriaticum
: He does not want to leave its mother in order to follow the father, while "
Silica
is unnerved by strangers and refuses to go towards them.
LATE IN LEARNING TO SPEAK
: When the father is silent or absent , the child hasdifficulty finding its bearings and speaking its own truth , so that speech is significantly delayed ,the remedy for this is often "
 Natrum muriaticum
" particularly if the child is thin introvertedloves salt and avoids the sun (symbol of the father in children's drawings ) other remedies fordelayed speech include ,
 Agaricus
 – 
where a disability means the child has physical problems in speaking, later he will setout in search of the perfect words by writing poetry
 Baryata carbonica
 – 
is intellectually slow, while
 Nux moschata
prefers to sleep rather thanconfront the dangerous real world,
 Belladonna
is stuck in the oral stage and can't progress.
MOTION SICKNESS
: Pressure on the inner fore arm two thumb widths above the center of the wrist can reduce symptoms of travel sickness and other forms of nausea; "sea- band" strapswhich press on the area can be purchased at health stores and pharmacies. Eating ginger(crystallized) or taking ginger capsules and avoid reading while traveling reduces occurrence of motion sickness.

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