Homeopathy: Top 10 Medicines For Children

Looking for a safe and effective form of treatment for common illnesses your child may contract? Try homeopathy

By Dr Prabha Acharya

Homeopathy: Top 10 Medicines For Children

All of us have sat at our child's bedside feeling helpless as she suffers from repeated cold, fever, respiratory complaints, earache and more. Children catch infections from others at school or develop various kinds of allergies, be it from pets, certain foods, dust or pollens. Homeopathy is safe and effective for children. The sweet pills are easy to administer and effortlessly revive immunity. Your child gets strong enough to withstand the demands of everyday life. Homeopathy greatly reduces and stops the need for antibiotics and/or steroids given for repeated infections, asthma or nephrotic syndrome.

Common childhood disorders are: infant colic, teething problems, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever, convulsions, asthma, tonsillitis, respiratory infections, recurrent boils, worms, headache, migraine, growth retardation, obesity, convulsions, eczema, psoriasis, warts, vitiligo, jaundice, nephrotic syndrome, thyroid disorder, hair loss, growing pains and childhood arthritis.

Homeopathy vs antibiotics

Diseases are not caused only by bacteria but other factors that compromise immunity. Antibiotics may kill bacteria but do not alter the other responsible for the infections. With antibiotics, Infections are bound to recur and the appetite is greatly reduced affecting nutritional status and immunity. Also, antibiotics cannot treat viral infections. Homeopathy has the added advantage that it is safe even in newborn babies.

Role of homeopathy in childhood allergies and infections

Allergies are a modern epidemic. Many children are predisposed to asthma, eczema and hay fever. The contributing factors include rise in pollution and use of chemicals in food, medicines and household products.

Homeopathy medicines vary from child to child. They are prescribed based on signs and symptoms the child exhibits.

The top 10 homeopathy medicines for children prescribed on the basis of certain symptoms are:

1. Calcarea carbonica

These children are typically fat fair and lethargic. They appear healthy but do not possess much energy neither at mental nor physical level. They are slow at school, slow to eat, slow at games and have weak muscles. They give up easily. They often have difficulty in one or other subject at school. They do not answer questions in class if they are not sure of the answer. They are shy and fear being laughed at. They also fear from dark and being alone. They are fond of eggs, sweets and ice creams. They sweat easily on exertion. They have tendency to recurrent colds, tonsillitis and constipation.

2. Calcarea phosphorica

These children are a bit shy and reserved to begin with. After 2-3 interactions, they are comfortable and friendly. They are comparatively brighter and more agile with activities. They suffer from enlarged adenoids, tonsils, cervical glands. They tend to have a headache if overworked and dislike interference. They suffer from growing pains too.

3. Phosphorus

Very bright and excitable children. Delicate, thin, tall and fair usually. Very emotional and sensitive by nature. They love to be among friends and people. Often, they are the centre of attraction. They are afraid of dark, being alone and thunderstorms. They easily catch cold and cough or bronchitis. They desire more of salty, spicy food and tend to dislike sweets.

4. Silicea

Children are thin, pale, feel cold easily. They are touchy, difficult and resent interference. Fairly bright and intelligent but easily tired out physically. They have dislike for milk or have intolerance to milk. They suffer from constipation, recurring tonsillitis or throats infections, tendency to boils, brittle hair and nails.

5. Bartya carbonica

It is an excellent remedy for the mentally less fortunate children be it a case of delayed development or mental retardation. They are dwarfish, very shy, nervous of strangers, fear of being left alone, or going outdoors alone, will not go down to play. They dislike bathing. They often get night terrors. All their milestones are delayed. They are late in walking, talking and have delayed dentition. You cannot hold their attention for long. They are inattentive, lack concentration and forget easily. They suffer from tonsillitis, have saliva dribbling.

6. Natrum muriaticum

Children are underweight and short. They dislike being interfered with. They do not like to be consoled and are better when left alone. These children are late to speak. As they grow older they are likely to suffer from headaches. They crave salt and salty food so much that they may even steal salt. They develop eruptions along margins of hair.

7. Antimony crudum

These children are overweight and have a tendency to skin and gastric complaints. They are irritable by nature and hate being touched. But they are emotional and sensitive and get upset easily. Sour foods don't suit them. Their tongue is always having a white coating.

8. Pulsitilla

They are dainty looking with fine skin and hair. They are shy, sensitive, always affectionate and easy to handle. They tend weep easily. They crave attention. Their digestion is easily affected by heavy fatty food, pastries, fried or rich food. They tend to catch cold, earache and eye infections.

9. Sulphur

They have dry coarse skin. Most complaints are related to their skin and have a tendency to diarrhoea. At times having to rush to the washroom after every meal. They are lazy or rather lack stamina and cannot stand for long. They are intelligent and inquisitive by nature. Some of them have a great command on languages. They dislike interference and are of the 'I know it all' types.

They have a large appetite and like spicy, highly seasoned food and marked craving for sweets. They hate heat and they sweat profusely.

10. Cina

They are very obstinate and hate to be touched. Gradually they quieten and like being carried. Older children do not like any jokes played on them. They have a tendency to vomiting

and are immediately hungry thereafter. Abdominal colics are relieved by pressure. Their nose is itchy and tend to constantly rub against the pillow.

11. Chamomilla

These children are Over sensitive to noise, pain and people. They go into a frenzy or rage from pains. They throw tantrums for no reason and are very difficult to handle. They may strike at you. Children are restless but like to be carried all the time. They are never satisfied with anything. Whatever toy you give them to play they give up in no time. It is a very good remedy for all dentition related complaints especially loose motions.

In the end I would like to bring to you the fact that homeopathy works not only at physical level but also emotional and intellectual. Anything that is abnormal be it hyperactive nature, low attention span, tantrums, poor concentration or hypersensitive nature can be taken care of with homeopathy.

The author is a homeopathy practitioner.