Pediatric Homeopathy

Homeopathic Remedies for Mastitis & Blocked Ducts July 25, 2014

Filed under: homeopathy,Remedies — singbanshee @ 7:39 pm

Breastfeeding should be easy right?? Well if your like many new moms who suddenly start having pain you know that isn’t always the case. The first signs of trouble are soreness (not from inexperienced latching) and maybe even a lump. This is the beginning of a blocked duct which if left untreated can move into the more serious problem of a breast infection which is called mastitis. Symptoms of mastitis are very similar to the flu- achy, fever but with usually an added component of pain in the breast, lumps and even engorgement.

 

 

 

Note: Nursing mothers can take Silicea 6X cell salts daily (not homeopathic remedy), to prevent recurring mastitis

 

 

 

I’ve starred the most common remedies and put them first a­nd bolded the symptoms that are most important when deciding between them. The remedies should work within a short amount of time. If the pain is not resolved within 24 hours then it’s time to call a Homeopath.

 

 

 

*Belladonna: Use this remedy if there is a sudden onset with rapidly rising fever. This is not a remedy that takes days to manifest. The breast is hot to touch, engorged, swollen, congested — red, hot breast. Throbbing pain in the breasts. The pain is worse from jarring. The right side is often more affected. The breast may have red streaks like sun rays extending out from the nipple

 

*Hepar Sulph: the breasts are very prone to abscessExtreme sensitivity to the least touch; mothers can’t stand for the baby to nurse. Complaints are worse from cold and exposure to the least draft, and better from warmth. Person feels chilly. This is a good remedy when there just isn’t a lot of distinguishing symptoms.

 

*Phytolacca:  This is the most common remedy for about 50% of mastitis & blocked duct cases. Breasts become lumpy, with hard knots or nodules, the nipples cake. Sore, fissured nipples. *Intense pain in the breast as soon as the baby takes hold of the nipple. The pain often extends to the underarm or it can *radiate over the whole body. Affects more often the *right breast. Damp heat relieves, such as local poultices (including warm cabbage leaves which can be helpful). Some patients may have flu-like symptoms as well.

 

 

 

If the others don’t work:

 

 

 

Arnica: Use this remedy if the inflammation follows an injury to the breast. Patients feel sore, bruised, and achy. There is fear to have the part touched.

 

Bryonia: flu like symptoms with general chills and fever, stitching pains in the breast and headache. The breast feels *hard and stony with stitching, needle-like pains. *Any movement aggravates the pain. Usually the breast are not red as in Belladonna. The patient will be quite irritable. Very frequently the patient will experience dizziness or faintness on rising from bed. There is strong thirst and not infrequently constipation.

 

Croton tiglium: This remedy hasexcruciating pain in the nipple which extends straight through to the back (at the level of the shoulder) with each suck of the baby. The breasts are very inflamed, swollen, and hard. The nipples may crack.

 

Lac-canium: hypersensitivity to even the *slightest touch of clothing on the breasts; jarring also aggravates.

 

Mercurius: *fever, chills, and perspiration without relief;  the patient alternates between hot and cold, uncovering and covering.

 

 

 

For dosing start with 30C, two to three times a day, until improvement sets in; then observe progress without taking further remedy as long as improvement continues. Repeat the remedy for apparent relapse. If the 30C potency of a given remedy acts well, but later ceases to help and the symptoms remain similar to previously, go up in potency to 200C. Do NOT take more than one day of repeated doses of a 200C remedy without professional help. Again, if this isn’t resolved in 24 hours it’s probably time to get professional help.  

 

 

 

Tips to help prevent blocked ducts and mastitis:

 

  • Check bra isn’t cutting in and causing blocked duct. Go braless
  • rest more
  • apply hot and cold compress alternately on sore breast. Every 2-4 hours for 5-10 minutes
  • increase fluid intake
  • breastfeed more often and position baby in variety of directions
  • massage breast as baby feeds (especially at let down- prickly sensation) Massage from hight point to nipple
  • use breast pump if baby isn’t feeding much and breast are engorged
  • position baby’s nose pointing in direction of blocked duct. So if blocked duct is left lower, feed with baby’s nose facing left lower.
  • breastfeed from affected side first to clear and then alternate
  • Don’t stop breastfeeding!

 

**Caution – I have seen many articles by well meaning, though not professional people, referencing the use of Homeopathic Sulphur for mastitis and I just want to comment that Sulphur is deep and long acting and really should be used with professional help. 

 

Ear Infections April 7, 2010

Filed under: homeopathy — singbanshee @ 1:26 pm

Ear infections affect more than 10 million children a year and most of those are children between the ages of 6 months and 3 years.

Conventional medicine treats ear infections with bacteria-killing antibiotics. Antibiotics can be ineffective for treating most ear infections, however, because they are caused by viruses not bacteria. Antibiotics will also bring down a fever, which delays the body’s ability to fight off the infection.

While some children do not experience complications after an ear infection, others end up with repeated cases that do not respond to conventional treatment. This is because these treatments fail to change the underlying cause of the ear infections, and antibiotics do nothing to strengthen the body’s immune system. Homeopathic treatments for ear infections can do both.

Remedies are listed below and the remedies should work within a short amount of time. If the pain is not resolved within 24 hours then it’s time to call a Homeopath to prevent the possible risk of permanent hearing loss.

Belladona – When an earache produces intense pain, high fever, a beet-red face, a bright red outer ear, dilated pupils, hot and moist skin except at the extremities, or pain extending down the neck.

Fulminant – During the winter, when a child has been exposed to a dry, cold wind, feels fine when going to bed but wakes up around midnight screaming with pain, with a high fever. The child will appear restless, thirsty and hot all over with violent, burning pain and an extreme sensitivity to touch.

Chamomilla – If pain appears severe and gets worse when bending over, and the child is angry, irritable, obstinate and whiny, the skin is hot and moist and there is a clear nasal discharge. The child might have a red face and a fever below 103 degrees Fahrenheit. Chamomilla also helps when the earache occurs with teething.

Ferrum phosphoricum – To soothe the inflammation and pain of an ear infection when symptoms first appear. The child will appear pink and flushed; there is a fever and a feeling of weariness; and the outer ear, usually on the left side, is warm and pink. Ferrum phosphoricum should prevent the formation of pus.

Hepar Sulphuris Calcareum – If pain is sharp and severe, discharge from the ears and nose is thick or colored, and the child is irritable and desires warmth.

Kali muriaticum – For swollen glands and nasal congestion in a child with a blocked Eustachian tube.

Mercurius Solubilis – For advanced ear infections with pus forming in the middle ear, shooting pain and roaring in the ear, pain that is worse in warmth and during the night, drooling and sweating while sleeping, puffiness of the tongue and bad breath.

Pulsatilla – When an ear infection occurs after a child comes down with a cold, or it comes on gradually and includes a moderate fever. Generally, the ear is hot and swollen, a yellow-to-green thick discharge comes from the nose and ears, and pain is worse at night and when exposed to warmth. The ear infections usually appear on the right side, the temperature is less than 103 degrees Fahrenheit, the child has no thirst and does better with a cold compress. A child needing this remedy craves affection and is tearful and clingy.

Silica – The final stages of an earache might be characterized by chills, pain behind the ear, sweating from the head, hands or feet, and physical weakness. There is pus with this one

If your child has to have surgery for their ears you will want to use Arnica to reduce the inflammation surrounding the tube and help the body adjust.

 

Hats, Does Anyone Wear Them Anymore??

Filed under: Parenting — singbanshee @ 1:08 pm

I was walking with my children yesterday and it was a lovely warmish day, perhaps in the low 60’s but there was a cold wind that was strongly blowing. I had put my children in layers so that if they had gotten warmer they could shed some of the layers. I had also put on hats that covered their ears against the strong wind. What surprised me was when we arrived at the park there was not one other child with a hat on.

So many children now suffer from middle ear infections (acute otitis media) and in Homeopathy we know that wind of any kind (including warm) can help contribute to a child’s ear infection.

We also know that the head loses the most amount of heat and I personally believe that this also contributes to a large amount of illnesses in children. Children are unable to moderate their temperature until almost 7. This means that children are not able to recognize that they are either hot or cold. I see so many children without socks on little feet when it’s quite chilly outside or little chubby legs sticking out while mommy is holding them in chilly weather.

If you touch your child and their skin is cold then they ARE cold. Whether or not they say they are. If your child has a flushed face or is sweating then they ARE hot so take some clothes off! Make sure you dress your children in layers so that if it becomes hot or cold you are prepared.

One other thing I have to mention is that if your child has a runny nose and they don’t have a history of allergies than they are probably catching a cold and need to be at home not going here, there and everywhere. This doesn’t mean they have to be locked indoors, no quite the contrary if you have a yard let them play but keep them dressed appropriately so that if there is a cold wind they have a hat on that covers their ears. If you don’t have a yard go ahead and go for a walk or to the park. If it’s warm out side they have a hat on that keeps their tender skin covered and shaded.

Warmly,
Homeo Ped

 

Canker Sores! March 7, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — singbanshee @ 10:31 pm

Here’s some remedies that are helpful for canker sores:


Arsenicum album: A person who breaks out in burning, painful mouth sores, and also feels anxious and tired, is likely to benefit from this remedy. Hot drinks often ease the pain, and the person feels best when keeping warm. They often have unhealthy, easily-bleeding gums, and tend to be extremely neat and tense. Arsenicum album is recommended when the mouth is dry and burning, and the ulcers are soothed by warm water. Restlessness and anxiety are felt. Often caused by stress and worry.

Borax: This remedy is often helpful when canker sores feel hot and sensitive. Sores may break out on the inside of the cheeks, on the gums, and on the tongue. Produces profuse saliva, yet still feels dry inside the mouth. Other indications are: sensitive to noise, suffers from motion sickness, bleeding ulcers when touched, and hot and tender mouth.

Calcarea carbonica: This remedy is often indicated for infants and small children who suffer from recurrent canker sores. Other indications are: head-sweats during sleep, and  slow to teethe or learn to walk. May also canker sores in adults who are chilly, stout, and easily fatigued.

Hepar sulphuris calcareum: This remedy may be indicated when a person develops painful mouth sores that become infected-with pus formation, extreme sensitivity, and aggravation from cold drinks. Often feels extremely chilly, vulnerable, and oversensitive.

Mercurius solubilis: This remedy is useful when bleeding gums, a swollen coated tongue, and offensive breath are seen along with canker sores. The sores feel worse at night, and salivation is profuse, with drooling during sleep. The person tends to sweat at night and is very sensitive to any change in temperature.

Natrum muriaticum: Pearly sores that erupt inside the mouth, especially on the gums or tongue, may respond to this remedy. The mouth feels dry, and the tongue may have a tingling feeling. Often troubled by cold sores around the corners of the mouth or chin, and have chapped or cracking lips. A craving for salt, strong thirst, and a tendency to feel worse from being in the sun are other indications for Natrum muriaticum.

Nux vomica: A person who needs this remedy may break out in canker sores after overindulging in sweets, strong spicy foods, stimulants, or alcoholic beverages. The person may have swollen gums, a coated tongue, and bloody salivation. Irritability, impatience, and a general chilliness are often seen.

Sulphur: For sores that are painful, red and inflamed, with burning pain that is worse from warm drinks and aggravated by heat of any kind. The mouth may have a bitter taste; the gums can be swollen and throbbing. Reddish lips and mucous membranes, and a tendency toward itching and skin irritations are other indications.

 

Got Thrush? February 3, 2010

Filed under: Remedies — singbanshee @ 6:20 pm

Well if your breastfeeding and you and your child get thrush nothing is more painful (except maybe mastitis) and harder to get rid of.

Thrush  is caused by the Candida albicans yeast or fungus, which can also cause vaginal infections and diaper rashes. It likes to breed in dark, moist places…like your child’s mouth which then is transfered to your nipple.    The pain is often described as burning or a  pins and needles type of feeling.  The nipple will often be shiny and dark red.  In your child’s mouth there will be white spots 1/2 hour or more after nursing that cannot be wiped away.  You may see these patches on the insides of his cheeks, on his tongue, on the roof of his mouth, and on his lips and gums as it spreads.

Remedies:

Borax:  This is the #1 oral thrush remedy.  Usually it’s given in a 6c dose several times a day.  The child’s mouth may feel hot when they latch on.

Kali Muraticum:  White coated mouth and/or tongue

Mercurious Solubilis:  Thrush with lots of saliva.  Usually the child has bad breath.

Natrum Muriaticum: White coated mouth and tongue.  In this case the mouth is usually dry and the child is more thirsty than normal

Sulphuric Acid:  Coated mouth and tongue, irritable, hurried (eating faster than normal)

While struggling with thrush it’s a good time to look at what your are eating and make sure you have yogurt in your diet since that is the bacteria that normally controls the yeast.

Wipe your baby’s mouth with a cloth dipped in a solution of  1/4 pint pure water to a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar.  You should also wipe your nipples as well to make sure you don’t get cross contamination from nursing.

If  in a couple of days of  you trying these remedies nothing is working it’s time to make a call to your homeopath.

Warmly,

Homeo Ped

 

Seeing Green?? January 25, 2010

Filed under: homeopathy,Remedies — singbanshee @ 2:13 pm

Have you or your littles been battling a sinus infection?  Homeopathy may just be what you need to finally knock it out!

Sinus infection or Sinusitis (which is the medical term) is caused by inflammation of the sinuses that occurs with a viral, bacterial, or fungal infection.

The classic symptoms of acute sinusitis in adults usually follow a cold that does not improve, or one that worsens after 5 – 7 days of symptoms. Symptoms include:

  • Bad breath or loss of smell
  • Cough, often worse at night
  • Fatigue and generally not feeling well
  • Fever
  • Headache — pressure-like pain, pain behind the eyes, toothache, or facial tenderness
  • Nasal congestion and discharge (discharge is usually green or yellow)
  • Sore throat and postnasal drip

Symptoms of sinusitis in children include:

  • Cold or respiratory illness that has been improving and then begins to get worse
  • High fever, along with a darkened nasal discharge (usually green or yellow)
  • Nasal discharge, with or without a cough, that has been present for more than 5 days, is not improving and the child is not teething

Symptoms of chronic sinusitis are the same as those of acute sinusitis, but tend to be milder and last longer than 8 weeks.

You can combat Sinusitis by taking the remedies Kali Bich and then Pulsatilla rotating them through out the day (do not take at the same time) until the color of the discharge is clear again.

Warmly,

Homeo Ped

 

Single Vs. Combination Remedies January 22, 2010

Filed under: homeopathy — singbanshee @ 6:17 pm

So you’re standing in the health food store trying to figure out what remedy to buy for your child’s teething symptoms (or some other problem)  when you see different choices that have more than one remedy in it.  Often people will ask which should I buy the single or the combination.  Well what I’m going to say is probably going to surprise you.  If you’re buying over the counter homeopathic remedies I think you should probably get the combination when your first starting out or don’t know what would be best.

Why you ask?  Because a lot goes into researching what works best in a certain range of issues and the combination usually has those remedies that are best known for resolving those issues.  Once you have a combination that is working you can then begin figuring out what exactly  is the remedy that is working and then buy the single of that to have on hand.

Warmly,

Homeo Ped