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Bringing a new baby home from the hospital is an exciting as well as a very anxious time. Although your baby may be perfectly healthy there are some common conditions that your baby may experience. Now I will discuss some infant ailments that can be treated easily and safely with the help of Homeopathic medicines. The remedies given below with the specific health conditions are just a few of the commonly used Homeopathic remedies and are mentioned only to create awareness about the effectiveness of Homeopathic medicines in infant ailments. It is not advisable to resort to self-medication for any health issues. Neonatal Thrush: Thrush is a common fungus that is usually present in the vagina. If the natural balance of the vagina is disturbed especially during pregnancy, this fungus can overgrow, causing redness, itching, burning, and a flaky white, cheesy discharge. The newborn may pick up the infection during birth or through breast milk. In babies it develops as cracks in the corners of the mouth and white patches on the tongue, palate, lips, and inside of the cheeks causing it to be sore while sucking on a bottle or breastfeeding making the baby cry during feeding. Tips:
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Nursing moms should add yoghurt to their diet, this will help re-establish the correct balance of bacteria and fungi. Clean your baby’s mouth from inside with a damp wash cloth after every feed.
Homeopathic remedies: Borax and Candida tincture application to the thrush area inside the mouth may be helpful.
Colic is sharp abdominal pain with severe intermittent cramping. Colic is most common in the first few weeks to four months of an infant's life. Infants with colic are uneasy and cry in pain, especially after feeds, the baby may become red in the face and pull up legs to ease the stomach pain. They may become constipated or you may notice a change in the color of their stools. In breast-fed babies, colic can be caused by an immature digestive system, air intake while feeding or crying, spicy or acidic food in the mother's diet, the mother's anxiety, over stimulation of the baby or allergic reaction to any food. Colic may become worse when baby is lying down. Tips:
It may help to lay the baby over your lap on his tummy and rub his back. Be sure to wind baby properly after feeds. Walking or rocking the baby might help. A mother who is breast feeding must eliminate certain foods like alcohol, tea, coffee, chocolate, spices, onions, garlic, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, peppers, berries, oranges, grapes and apricots.
Offer your little finger to an uneasy baby who has just fed. Some babies will feed continuously when colicky but the extra milk can overload the stomach and worsen the colic when all they want is comfort sucking.
Homeopathic remedies: Chamomilla: It is indicated in colicky babies who scream, are restless and want to be constantly rocked and carried. Gaseous distention of abdomen and pain is mainly in the navel region with hot perspiration and facial flushing on only one cheek. Stools may be green and smell of rotten eggs.
Breastfed babies usually produce runny. sunken eyes and no urination for 4 to 6 hours. having their tummies rubbed or after passing a stool. yellow stools but these are normal and not an indication of diarrhea. a yeast fungus. Homeopathic remedies: . Never use perfumed wipes on inflamed skin and avoid talcum powder.Colocynthis: Colic with a bloated abdomen is a strong indication for this remedy. They may develop green diarrhea. Dioscorea: This remedy is indicated in babies with a growling and gaseous tummy. red and infected with thrush. and other stimulating substances. Buttocks. in a warm room and before a bowel movement. watery stools could create dehydration in infants and lead to serious health problems as they cannot survive much fluid loss. Babies look extremely restless and want to draw their legs up. Consult your practitioner immediately if the dehydration symptoms seem severe. dry tongue and mouth. At each change bathe the rash with lukewarm water .do not use soap. trapping germs and causing sores. They feel better when carried tummy-down. Signs of severe dehydration are weariness. with gas and burping. They are worse after eating fruits. thighs and genitals become sore. Leaving the baby diaper free from time to time helps the skin to dry out and promotes healing. Nux vomica: This remedy is helpful in colicky pains that result when the nursing mother has eaten spicy food. on genitals and may extend up the back. Tips: • • Change diapers often. Mercurius: This remedy is indicated when the diaper area is very moist and is associated with teething. as it tends to cake on the skin. The pain may be paroxysmal. or bacteria and fungi from stools. Prepare a solution by adding two tablespoons of sugar and one teaspoon of table salt to one liter of boiling water and feed the baby frequently. Tips: • • Encourage fluid intake. Sulphur: This remedy is indicated when the skin becomes dry. alcohol. Pat the affected area dry with a soft towel and apply Homeopathic Calendula ointment. with firm pressure on the stomach. Diarrhea: Frequent loose. Homeopathic remedies: • • • Calendula ointment can be applied to the affected area. worse in the morning and on lying and better from holding them upright. overeaten or overindulged in coffee. • • • • If using fabric diapers wash them with a mild baby detergent and rinse thoroughly by putting them through an extra rinse cycle in the washing machine. The pain may be severe and coming in waves. Diaper rash: The most common cause of this rash is soiled diaper left on for too long which makes the area warm and soaked in ammonia from urine. scaly and looks unhealthy between buttocks. Fungal infection or an allergic reaction to soap or detergent left in fabric diapers due to inadequate rinsing can also cause diaper rash.
but will have diarrhea again immediately after eating or upon waking. Nux vomica: This remedy is indicated for diarrhea in breast fed babies after Mom has eaten rich or spicy foods. swollen lymph nodes. elbows. Warmth and warm drinks provide temporary relief. The nose of the infants should be kept clean. The stools smell offensive. wrists and ankles. • • Keep infants away from children or adults suffering from cold or any other viral or chest infections. it is not sore or itchy and does not cause the baby any discomfort. Belladonna: This remedy is best indicated for cold with a barking cough. The children regurgitate the milk and other food within one hour of eating or drinking. The babies are thirsty all the time. restless. Tips: . These children feel better after a stool. or use the muscles around his rib cage and collarbone to help him get air into his lungs. Arsenic Album: This remedy works best when babies have symptoms of stomach flu. He may also make a wheezing sound when he breathes.Aethusa: This remedy is considered when babies are unable to digest milk. This could be very uncomfortable for an infant as breast or bottle fed babies cannot suck with its nose blocked or chest congested and has to use its mouth for breathing. Cold & Cough: Common cold and cough is an inflammatory process that affects the respiratory tract. Ipecac: Diarrhea with constant nausea is characteristic of this remedy. weak and extremely restless. Infant should be kept warm and comfortable. and vomiting. appears weak. ear ache and is sensitive to cold weather. look tired. neck. food poisoning like diarrhea and vomiting. sometimes with vomiting containing yellow or green curds. They have drooling salivation and painful urgings to have a stool. anxious. diarrhea. knees. • Homeopathic remedies: Aconite: This remedy is useful when the baby develops sudden cold and cough after exposure to cold wind making the baby very restless. leading to colic. Eczema: This is an inflammatory skin disease and is known as infantile seborrhoeic eczema in infants. nausea. and weepy. Although this type of eczema looks unpleasant. The infant sweats. This may also affect the Eustachian tube leading to earache. like wheezing. The baby may not want to eat or may cry while eating due to throat pain on swallowing. It usually starts on the scalp known as cradle cap or the diaper area and quickly spreads to the face. high fever and a red face in a very thirsty baby. or he may make a sound and tighten his abdominal muscles. Mercurius: This remedy works well when baby develops cold and cough with a sore throat. Your baby may dilate his nostrils when he breathes. Tips: • Infants have not developed defense mechanism and resistance to sudden changes of weather hence they should be protected from sudden changes of weather. Hepar Sulph: This remedy can be given to babies who have a dry rattling cough.
00 am crying and cannot be consoled. and a high sugar diet and stimulants like coffee and tea by nursing mothers. teething. Tips: • • • • • Set up a routine schedule for naps and night time sleep. Coffea: This remedy is best indicated when the baby is over stimulated. The main causes of sleeplessness in babies could be colic. Graphites: This remedy is considered when the skin looks cracked and oozing. Sometimes sleep problems become chronic and a pattern of insomnia sets in. Treat any condition that is keeping the baby awake. Keep evenings calm and do not over stimulate the baby too much. Sleep problems: There are many reasons why babies suffer from sleeping problems. Use mild detergents for washing your baby’s clothes. • • • Try to wear soft cotton clothing while carrying your baby as other fabrics would irritate your baby’s skin. Try to expose affected areas of skin to the air as much as possible. Avoids pets in the house as pet hair can cause an allergic reaction on your baby’s skin. Moisture can be locked into the skin by applying a non-allergenic baby cream or lotion after washing. Bathe your baby without using soap. . Petroleum: This remedy works very well when the skin erupts with yellow crusts and is worse at night. a lack of bedtime routine. Passiflora: This remedy is also useful in treating colic and its high safety profile makes it a gentle and very effective choice for treating the symptoms of insomnia in babies. Make sure the baby is not hungry while going to sleep. Rhus Tox: This remedy is indicated when the skin looks blistered and gets worse in damp conditions. Nursing Moms should avoid coffee. Homeopathic remedies: Sulphur: This remedy is best indicated when the skin looks very unhealthy and gets dry and red in bed or after a bath. chocolate drinks and other stimulant foods. The moment it is laid down. nasal congestion. Homeopathic remedies: Aconite: This remedy works best when the baby wakes up due to a fright or nightmare. Calendula ointment and olive oil can also help as local application. Nux Vomica: This remedy can be given when the baby always wakes up around 4. tea. Also cotton bedding and comforters might be more soothing to the baby’s skin.• • • • Avoid long baths for your baby as they can easily remove natural oils from the skin. Lengthy exposure to sunlight should be avoided as this will have a detrimental affect on the eczema. it starts crying again. Chamomilla: This remedy is indicated when the baby is irritable and only stops crying when picked up and carried around. Avoid excessive heat in your house and use a good and clean humidifier.
Some babies have a tough time and may refuse food. Homeopathy is fast acting and brings back the healthy state in the quickest possible manner. diarrhea or loss of appetite. The remedies given above with the specific health conditions are mentioned only to create awareness about the effectiveness of Homeopathic medicines in infant ailments. The only relief they experience comes when they are being carried about or rocked. etc. diarrhea. It is not advisable to resort to self-medication for any health issues. Homeopathic medicines are diluted to minimum doses by a special method that releases their healing potential. the pellets can be dissolved in water and given to even a newborn baby. non-toxic. Offer cold water or teething rings that have been chilled in the refrigerator. as a result of which the child will not fall sick frequently. become clingy. and work by stimulating the body to heal itself. Tips: • • • Hugs. Homeopathic remedies: Chamomilla: This remedy is indicated when the baby is hyperirritable. During sleep they toss and turn and may cry aloud. irritable. while the other is pale. gums may be red and swollen. Ferrum Phos: This remedy works well when the baby has inflamed gums with fever. A growing number of parents today are concerned about the side effects of conventional drugs. cough-cold. Rub your child's gums with a clean finger. kisses and cuddling your baby more often helps. FDA approved are effective in treating various problems during infancy. He will try to cram his fingers into his mouth and chew on his fingers or bite any hard object that he can get hold of. Stools are loose and green. It is important to realize that the symptoms of teething do not include diaper rash. They demand things but reject them as soon as they are given. especially in the treatment of newborns and infants. drooling and a desire to keep fingers constantly in the mouth. even the most sensitive like a newborn baby. but stress and discomfort of teething can lower a child’s resistance to infection. safe. asthma. Since Homeopathy works with the body's natural defense system the Homeopathic medicines will strengthen the overall health functioning of the baby. be it fever. it is the ideal medicine for people of all ages. suffer excessive dribbling of saliva. Since Homeopathic remedies are free of any chemical toxicity. and not teething. These are symptoms of an underlying illness. . One cheek of the baby is hot and red. become sleepless and restless at night. This minimum dose can improve symptoms without causing any side effects. vomiting. Babies respond very well to Homeopathic treatment since they have not been exposed as much to conventional drug therapy as adults. Homeopathy helps in building body resistance in children who habitually have recurring infections due to lowered resistance power. Correct Homeopathic prescribing during infancy increases the likelihood of a healthy child. Homeopathic medicines have a widespread application for pediatric complaints. Homeopathic medicines being gentle. with most of the first teeth breaking through before your baby is 18 months old.Teething: Teething usually begins at about the age of six or seven months. screaming and hitting with inflamed gums. Calcarea Phos: This remedy helps the teeth come through if they are slow in coming. Homeopathic remedies are very soothing.
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