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post #121 of 864
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Originally Posted by Panserbjørne View Post
Hey friend. I used homeopathy from birth with my kiddos. I administer orally. If you can talk more about Marius' experience it can be easier to nail it down. Here's a slight rundown of some common remedies which is by no means complete but may help:
If he's irritable, fussy, with one cheek red and the other pale and in a lot of pain chamomilla is a good choice. These kids tend to have trouble around 10-12 pm, usually over by 2 am. They are also sweaty kids when they are in bed.
If he's whiny and clingy and just wants to be held pulsatilla may be a better choice.
If he's feverish, flushed and his gums are inflamed and red, belladonna. Calc phos is a great remedy for difficult dentition. I would think of it when teething was happening later, or if there was a lot of vomiting. It also has "feeble digestion."
Coffea cruda has wakefulness starting at 2 or 3 am and tossing and turning thereafter. These babies, like chamomilla are irritable and sensitive to pain.

There isn't a "teething" remedy but there are usuals for teething. So basically just see what seems to fit his overall picture. You may not see him in any of these descriptions either (though I'm thinking coffea!) and in that case just post back. You can also try a combo remedy-the only problem there is that it's a lactose base and I can't recall if ya'll have dairy issues.
I'm thinking pulsatilla may be on order, for the most part. He's happy as a pea in a pod so long as he's held (and maybe walked) but the second he's put down, he's awake again and UNHAPPY, chewing and rooting. This lasts from about 6pm to 9pm then he sleeps until 12am, nurses and sleeps until 2am when he won't sleep unless he's held. And I know it's not just hunger because he gets mad if he actually nurses and gets a let down (well, he's been eating just fine, but after he's had his normal "meal") and is just as content with DH carrying him as with me (of course, it's usually me anyway but.. ).
We do have dairy issues, though I'm not sure if *he* does or just myself and DS1... Still haven't given a significant amount to DS2 to figure out if he does either, though it wouldn't surprise me. DH also has dairy issues so... I would put money on it being very likely.
So, I think I'll grab pulsatilla and coffea as a back-up in case the pulsatilla doesn't work. I'm so tired.
PB Thanks so much!
post #122 of 864
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Originally Posted by WuWei View Post
104 degrees or miserable are my indicators to start *homeopathics*. We don't do Tylenol or Motrin.
Thanks for the links! I had read some of those threads, but I wasn't finding what I needed. I HATE doing Tylenol, and don't even own Motrin...the Tylenol was a last resort for me, as it was at 104.5 and not getting better, and I didn't have any homeopathics on hand that would have treated the fever. It's not something that I use regularly. In four years of parenting, I've probably used it three times, which might be a lot to some, but it doesn't seem like a lot to me, since it's something that I got as a child every.single.time I had a fever. I still don't like that I've ever had to use it, but that's the way the cookie crumbles, I guess.

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Originally Posted by Panserbjørne View Post
Ditto to that. Though I understand it can be scary! It can be hard to make that call yourself when the babe is so little. I've been using homeopathy since before I had kids so luckily I had a doctor I could call when things got dicey. By my third kiddo I no longer needed to make calls. I understood what to look for, what to do and how fast and effective the remedies were when they were chosen correctly. I think it takes time to get there, you know? don't beat yourself up for using OTC meds. Hopefully though next time you'll have a good idea of what to try. And in a pinch with a fever that high even if belladona isn't the remedy that is homeopathic to the case it can often buy time. It was a good catch that you DID make!

You can ignore the labels. They have to write something and what's on the label is true....but it's a teeny weeny tiny little itty bitty part of the picture. You are way better off with a good book or two. I have been using homeopathy as my primary form of medicine for over a decade and I couldnt' tell you what's on ANY of the tubes! However once you know the remedies they make sense in the context of the situation many times.
Yeah, I'm hoping that we can eventually get to the point where we're seeing a naturopath or homeopath. Right now, all we can afford is our chiro, and that's it. I am constantly wishing that I had another doctor to consult about this stuff!

It's good to know that I'm okay to ignore the labels. That was my feeling too, but then I started second guessing myself.

In the end, I didn't end up needing any of them. The fever only got back up to 102ish, and then went away on it's own for good. I'll be keeping the ones that I got around anyway, and I'll make sure to add Belladonna to my stash.

Thanks for the encouragement!
post #123 of 864
Hello everyone!

I've had some really awesome thing happening with me with regards to acute homeopathy. I don't have time to write now, but hope to add it in later tonight.

My question is about preventative homeopathy. My son's homeschooling center has kids with pink eye. I've kept him out the past two sessions. I just feel too lazy to deal with pink eye, plus I do childcare and if my boys get pink eye, I won't be able to watch those kids.
So do you think I could use homeopathy preventatively for pink eye? They are six hour sessions, with many opportunities for contagion.
If so, what would the recommended remedy be? I looked at pink eye in my book and there were so many choices, and I know that you pick your remedy depending on symptoms so I'm not sure if this will work.
ideas?

fyi: I am still nursing my 3.5 year old, but I have no milk that I can pump or manually remove from my breast, so I can't use that as a healer.
post #124 of 864
Personally, I probably would not use homeopathy preventatively for something like that. I know there are some times when there can be what I think is called a "genus epidemicus" that works for most people during an epidemic, but some homeopaths think that is not the ideal way to use it. It has been used that way though. I think even Hahnemann used belladonna prophylactically for scarlet fever, but even different areas required different remedies. Here's a link:

http://www.wholehealthnow.com/homeopathy_pro/wt10.html

I used homeopathy for pinkeye once before, and the remedies were pretty specific depending on certain characteristics, so I think it would be pretty hard to determine what is appropriate, how long to give it, etc. I personally would just keep him home until it passes if you don't think you can handle the possibility of getting pinkeye right now. It is very contagious, but you could also just use super-conscientious hand-washing and up things like immune support, vitamin C, etc.

I have also used colloidal silver in the eyes for it.

Good luck!
post #125 of 864

H1N1 flu

I'm pretty sure this is an awesome thread but I have no time to read thru it all- yet! I really need some help tho and appreciate any advice/info you may have.

I read a post today somewhere on this site(but I don't think it was posted today?) that mentioned using homeopathy for bronchial spasms that came on the tail end of H1N1 flu. My 16 yo is over the worst (fever gone ect) but has a cough (bronchial spasm) and was given an albuterol inhaler that neither my daughter or myself want her to use.

I started her on Phos and am waiting to see what it does but I don't see any real improvements yet. She had several remedies along the way during her flu this week with pyrogen helping the most with the horrid fever. I've never been so overwhelmed and scared!!

Sorry if I'm not making sense or if this isn't the right place for my post! I'm really tired but would be happy to supply more info. or re-post this elsewhere.
Thanks!
post #126 of 864
Hey there! Maybe you could write a bit about why you selected phosphorous? What made you decide on it? How long has she been taking it?

And yes, this is a great place to talk it through!
post #127 of 864
Thanks PB. I gave her 2 doses (30c) of phos. yesterday. I chose it based on her complaints of "discomfort" when she breathed in deeply. No pain, just a "constricted" or "tight" feeling in her chest. Discomfort is around (under) her sternum. She was drinking a lot of ice water. Not much info I know but the poor kid was quite "done" with my continuous questions over the course of 5 days!

I haven't seen any real improvement from the phos so I haven't continued. With the dx of "bronchial spasms", a for sure on the H1N1 flu and a couple new symptoms (or ones that she's actually sharing with me!) I need to take another look.

New info (might not be new but it's new to me): she gets a bit dizzy and sweaty when taking deep breaths (ie for the doc when listening to her lungs) not much appetite or energy (not surprised) no thirst today, stuffed up nose, no fever, sense of smell and taste diminished, unrefreshing sleep- she's tired after waking.

Same symptoms as yesterday: cough with constricted feeling in chest particularily under the sternum, some wheezing (on exhale)

She has an arrythmia (ventricular bigeminy) an extra heartbeat every other beat. dxed 2 years ago and benign. She's an athlete and plays competative sports and runs. The arrythmia goes away when she runs full tilt. Very bizarre but according to the pediatric cardiologist, safe.

Okay, my brain feels fried and I'm pretty sure I have left a ton out including coherant sentences! I appreciate the help and feel free to ask for clarification or more info.

I'm really hoping my other two don't get it but that's probably not realistic
Thanks again.
K
post #128 of 864
can we talk about headaches?
I've always had problems with headaches, and although they have decreased they are still a problem at least once a month. My last hold out for allopathic mess is for headaches.
I've had this one for about 24 hours.
I've tried a gemstone with little relief.
I'm currently trying Bryonia because of a small yes on my pendulum. I'm still in pain.
I know headaches can be tricky.
I'm not even sure what to look for in terms of symptoms/onset or I don't know.

I could use some guidance
post #129 of 864
I'd start with the quality of the pain, location, and what makes it worse or better.

If it happens monthly it may have a hormonal component too, which you wouldn't necessarily address acutely unless it was a female type remedy (pulsatilla, lachesis, sepia etc.)
post #130 of 864
That's interesting that you asked about headaches, I was just coming to ask here too. My ds (age 10) has never ever complained of a headache ever in his life. But he has one tonight, keeping him from falling asleep easily. It is on the left side, very close to his eye, and he describes the pain as going in from there, pressure. It also comes down in front of the eye to the front of the face, just beneath the eye. He says it feels kind of dizzy too. He didn't say *he* felt dizzy, just described the pain as being "dizzy". So I'm not sure exactly what that means. He says it makes him feel weird, "like I'm waiting for a train to arrive". The pain seems to be significant, with mostly pressure. I think he may be asleep now. I know he is overtired, as he has stayed up late watching the World Series with DH every night. Slept in some, but probably not quite enough to make up for the lost sleep.
post #131 of 864
ETA: I am hesitant to use a remedy on him, because the remedy he took from hte homeopath is having a significant positive effect.

Also, I gave him magnesium today, for the first time in a long time. Because he was really hyper and distracted and he needed to focus for something. But that was hours ago, like about 12 noon, and this started 10 hours later.
post #132 of 864
then I would ask the homeopath so you don't have to worry about antidoting. You could try cell salts (mag phos) or flower essences if that felt better to you. The magnesium was a great bet. I would also, if I were able have him visit the chiropractor. Adjustments can be wonderful. You can also use a compress on his neck, if he's willing. I love doing castor oil packs for headaches when there is a decrease in the flow of spinal fluid and things feel stuck, or if there is some dural torque.
post #133 of 864
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Originally Posted by Panserbjørne View Post
I love doing castor oil packs for headaches when there is a decrease in the flow of spinal fluid and things feel stuck, or if there is some dural torque.
Thanks, PB! Where do you put the castor oil pack? On the neck?
post #134 of 864
I do, yes.
post #135 of 864
Thanks!
post #136 of 864
My six year old woke up with croup tonight. Maybe I'm not giving it enough time, but nothing seems to be working.
What I don't understand is that my pendulum keeps on changing the remedy. First spongia, then aconite and finally belladona. Is this possible? Or am I clouding the response?
If it gets any worse we are going to the hospital.
I feel scared.
post #137 of 864
they all have rubrics for croup. They may have been needed in succession. Aconite is generally given at the onset and can be followed with either. It is *possible* that aconite given once (for the fear and rapid onset maybe?) would be followed by belladonna or spongia.

Generally classical homeopaths don't like to alternate remedies. HOWEVER I have absolutely seen in practice that it can allow you to dose more frequently without provings. In this case though I think it's more of an open the case with one and move to the next. Don't forget too that it is common (and was done this way commonly back in the day) to change remedies frequently as the patient moved through different states. Homeopaths used to sit at the bedside and dose every half hour or so. Don't be afraid to follow symptoms and change the remedy as needed.

Spongia and belladonna are both dry, spasmodic coughs that are worse at night. They are two I wouldn't think to alternate because they are very similar. If one was a dry cough and one was wet and he was moving between them that would be different. How did you ask the question? Because they'd both probably be good choices, but my guess is if you asked if one was better than the other you'd get a clearer answer.

How is he now? How are you?
post #138 of 864
He is better. It turned out to be bella to turn him around, and he ended up needing it every hour maybe. I was considering going to the er before it started working.

So this is what I think happened.

I tested spongia, which is his go-to breathing remedy. Nothing else was giving me a positive.
It didn't help either at all or much.
Then aconite, which seemed to be the same.
Then belladonna. He continued to test positive for spongia the entire time, I wonder if it was tipping off his regular lung stuff? I'm not sure. Or maybe it is related to what you wrote. Spongia was close to Bella, but not necessarily the best choice.

It makes sense that aconite would start it.

Poor little boy. It is scary not being able to breath. He is sleeping with dad now.

I'm still feeling rattled. I'm surprised that a 6.5 year old is still having croup. Last time he had croup his lips started turning a bit blue. I didn't make the right decision. I should have called an ambulance. Instead we drove manically to the er. Well actually it turned out it might have been the right decision because by the time we got to the er, the cold night air calmed his airways down.

What else can I do to help him? I was thinking a castor oil pack? How about wet sock therapy? The second night is often worse, so I'm a little worried, but I've never used remedies before, so we'll see.

It is not unusual for my pendulum to give me two in a row. I've been meaning to talk about this, but am too tired now. Will bring it up another time.

thank you it is a great comfort to have this thread.
I think I need to take some RR now, and maybe a good cry.
post #139 of 864
Mama, I'll come back in a bit with more info but right now YOU need aconite as well. Don't discount the fear and trauma for yourself in this situation. Much love.
post #140 of 864
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Originally Posted by Panserbjørne View Post
they all have rubrics for croup. They may have been needed in succession. Aconite is generally given at the onset and can be followed with either. It is *possible* that aconite given once (for the fear and rapid onset maybe?) would be followed by belladonna or spongia.

Generally classical homeopaths don't like to alternate remedies. HOWEVER I have absolutely seen in practice that it can allow you to dose more frequently without provings. In this case though I think it's more of an open the case with one and move to the next. Don't forget too that it is common (and was done this way commonly back in the day) to change remedies frequently as the patient moved through different states. Homeopaths used to sit at the bedside and dose every half hour or so. Don't be afraid to follow symptoms and change the remedy as needed.

Spongia and belladonna are both dry, spasmodic coughs that are worse at night. They are two I wouldn't think to alternate because they are very similar. If one was a dry cough and one was wet and he was moving between them that would be different. How did you ask the question? Because they'd both probably be good choices, but my guess is if you asked if one was better than the other you'd get a clearer answer.

How is he now? How are you?
Sorry, just had to comment on this.
This totally makes me wonder about my pediatrician (as in the ped I had as a child), who's an MD. He's old school. Still does house calls.

Anyway, I remember gran talking about him coming to the house with his little black bag and sitting through illnesses with my mom (yes, he's been practicing that long)... And I seem to remember him telling me not to discount homeopathy for DS1... Something along the lines of "In the old days, I'd have told you to give him <can't remember what remedy> for that. Now, I could give you <medication>."
He's also the one who came to see me when I had the only tick bite I remember. And I seem to remember my gran giving me "sugar pills" for the tick bite...
Just thought it was interesting.
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