Children respond very well to homeopathic treatment and there are many ways homeopathy can help them. Homeopathy is a holistic medicine and can treat problems of a physical, mental or emotional nature.
Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic and non-addictive and can be given to children from birth. In the early stages they may prove useful for dealing with cases of colic, sleeplessness, pain or distress in newborns.
As they get older the usual childhood problems such as earaches, skin problems, fevers and coughs can be treated homeopathically as well as chronic health problems.
Many homeopathic remedies are derived from minerals such as Calcium, Silica Phosphorus, Sulphur and Magnesium. All of these can be very supportive for growth and development in young children including bone and soft tissue development, growing pains, teething or dental problems. They also support the circulation, nervous and digestive systems promoting wellbeing on all levels. Boosting the immune system like this can alleviate the problems like recurring infections, coughs and illnesses generally.
For everyday use, a Homeopathy First Aid kit in your home can be useful in all sorts of situations. For example Arnica for bumps and falls or Hypericum for fingers caught in a door. Arnica is a wonderful first aid remedy for shocks and bangs especially those falls where a big lump appears. Hypericum is a great remedy for injuries to nerve rich areas. Other examples of remedies in a First Aid kit would be Chamomilla for painful teething or earaches (Chamomilla is the main ingredient in Teetha – the product sold for teething babies) and Aconite for shock or sudden fevers/croup after being exposed to the cold.
Homeopathy can also be very helpful in establishing and maintaining digestive health. Calc Carb, Nux Vomica, Silica and Nat Mur are all commonly prescribed for constipation. Stomach upsets, acid reflux and diarrhea can also be treated. There are a range of Homeopathic probiotics that can support digestive health and alleviate digestive problems, food sensitivities and allergies in children.
Homeopathy can be a great support for social and emotional development, assisting with separation anxiety (Pulsatilla), grief (Ignatia) or nightmares (Stramonium/ Kali Phos).
The remedies listed here are some examples of common remedies used in practice. In order to choose one for a particular child, a detailed homeopathic consultation takes into account the personality, family history and general health of the child to find the most appropriate remedy for each individual.
Homeopathy is commonly used to treat children with behaviour problems, temper tantrums, hyperactivity, learning difficulties, dyslexia, dyspraxia and shyness or social difficulties. A well-prescribed homeopathic remedy works on the whole system, stimulating a healing response and bringing about change physically, mentally and emotionally.
Homeopathy is also used for the treatment of ongoing chronic health problems in children such as cancer, fibromyalgia, cystic fibrosis, diabetes and other conditions. It can be used in conjunction with conventional medicine.
Often children exhibit behaviour or physical illness that we as homeopaths link to a history of illness in the family. Although there may not appear to be an obvious link, in homeopathy we always take the family history into consideration. For example in cases of asthma we could sometimes see a history of TB back in the family and this can be taken into account when selecting the appropriate remedy.
The health of the mother and the history of pregnancy and childbirth may also be significant in choosing the most helpful remedy for a young child particularly where the pregnancy or birth was difficult.
Homeopathy is a holistic medicine and takes the whole child into account: their personality, behavior, physical health and emotional health. The WHOLE includes their parents, relationships within the family, relationships with siblings and the medical history of siblings, parents and grandparents preceding them.
Each child is a part of a web, interdependent, connected to their immediate family and their ancestors. Holistic healing views the child as part of this web of connection and seeks to find the best way to support their health, growth and overall wellbeing.