Homeopathic remedies can support a child’s physical and emotional development in many ways…
Many remedies commonly used to treat problems arising during childhood are derived from minerals like calcium, silica and phosphorus; which can support the development of healthy teeth and bones as well as supporting physical and emotional milestones.
For children late to sit, crawl or walk - possibly with weight bearing difficulties, remedies like Calc Carb can often be indicated and may help with these and other developmental difficulties. Yet another group of remedies may be helpful for late speech or difficulties with speech.
Some children suffer with their digestion and certain remedies may help relieve constipation and promote healthy probiotics in the gut.
For children who struggle with separation anxiety, nightmares and strong fears remedies like Pulsatilla, Stramonium and Silica may help with these issues.
Homeopathy is an individual medicine and homeopaths seek to find the remedy that best matches the child, rather than the symptoms. So two children with constipation may receive completely different remedies depending on their personality, sleep patterns, diet and general health.
For acute sickness, I am a great believer in using natural medicine to treat most commonly occurring problems, from sage gargle for a sore throat to carrageen moss for coughs. I have repeatedly found that natural treatments coupled with a good rest, build immunity and resolve problems quickly and efficiently.
Homeopathy comes in where things get stuck or the problem seems more complicated. Recurring health issues where repeated antibiotics fail to completely resolve the underlying weakness are a common reason why children show up in my practice. Their parents are looking for an alternative approach and natural medicines.
The great thing about homeopathy is that is also takes into account the emotional make up of the child, so while treating coughs or constipation it can also be helpful for bringing balance to a child struggling with excessive fears or tantrums. This may not be the reason they come initially but it is often the reason they come back over time and build up an ongoing relationship.
Siobhán Daffy runs Natural Rhythms from Alethea Holistic and Healing Centre, Parkwest, Dublin 12
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Call Siobhan on 0874179170 for Homeopathy appointments
Disclaimer: This information is intended as educational information only and is not to be taken as medical advice. It is your responsibility to seek medical help and diagnosis where appropriate. Health care professionals should always be consulted for any health problem or medical concern.