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. 

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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

 

What to do about the flu? January 10, 2010

Filed under: Remedies — singbanshee @ 8:30 pm
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Homeopathy has a successful history with flu and flu symptoms. This short list includes remedies for all stages of flu, from early onset to late stages:

Aconite: Take this after being exposed to the flu or at the very, very, early stages.  It only works during the very early stage so move on to another remedy if you are past that stage already.

Oscillococcinum: this is for the first stage when you’ve been exposed or when you want to treat everyone prophylacticly so no one else gets it.

Arsenicum: this is a very restless flu where the person can’t sit still.  They are usually more chilly than they normally would be but not necessarily having the chills per se just cold.  This remedy is usually the remedy that helps the stomach flu so there is often vomiting and diarrhea

Bryonia: irritable, throbbing headache and body pains where all symptoms are worse from motion.  The main feature of this flu is the motion aspect.  The person with this flu feels horrible from any movement.

Eupatorium: The main feature of this flu is body pain so bad it feels like your bones are broken. Chills with thirst (opposite of gelsium)

Gelsium: This is the #1 flu remedy.    This person has chills with a run over by a truck feeling.  There is fatigue and dullness and they are  not thirsty.  The difference between this and bryonia is that gelsium is really tired and doesn’t want to move vs. movement making everything worse (bryonia).

Alternatives to the flu shot:

Influenzium: Each year the drug companies distribute a new flu vaccine and each year homeopathic manufacturers use this vaccine to prepare a homeopathic remedy.  You take the remedy as directed on the package during the flu season, usually starting in October ending around April

For a seasonal preventative I suggest using Elderberry syrup and upping your Vitamin C daily

For treatment of Swine Flu or Avian Flu I suggest seeking a professional homeopath.

Warmly,

Homeo Ped


 

If you only could get one remedy…. January 3, 2010

Filed under: Remedies — singbanshee @ 4:24 pm

What remedy if you could only buy one remedy for childhood would I recommend…easy…Arnica.  Without a doubt I think every home should have this amazing remedy in both the topical and internal varieties.  Childhood is all about bumps and bruises and nothing even comes close to Arnica in keeping bruising and swelling down.  It helps ease the pain of trauma and stiffness.  This remedy is fantastic for big kids too so I recommend a 6x, 30c, 200c and a topical for around the house.  Remember for best results to use the topical immediately after the injury and to NOT put this on a open wound of any kind (that would be calendula).

Warmly,

Homeo Ped