Back to School with Homeopathy!
The shops have had the uniforms, pencil cases and lunch boxes out for ages, probably since the first day of the summer hols! But it probably is time to start thinking about back to school and back to the routine. When you are busy sharpening pencils, polishing shoes and ironing uniforms, don’t forget to also think about your child’s health. If you can help them start new academic year on a healthy footing this will enhance their concentration.
I often suggest for young patients a course of Junior Echinacea to help boost their immunity before they go back to school and in those early weeks. Echinacea enhances the immune system by boosting the white blood cell count. It is best used for a month or so at a time. There is also some great vitamin and mineral supplements available, such as ‘Animal Parade’, this can be helpful because if there is a mineral or vitamin deficiency it can have a marked effect on behaviour, both in adults and children. It is wise to choose a good quality supplement as they are made from food sources and are the easiest to absorb. Many people also give children omega supplements as well; they can be beneficial for brain development. So supplementation may well be something that is worth considering for your family.
For the sudden onset and early stages of earache Aconite is a useful remedy particularly if there is unbearable pain with the start of the infection. The outer ear may be hot and painful; the patient may be very sensitive to noise. If the ears are red and throbbing, to the extent that the child might even scream in pain, then administer Belladonna. If the ear is more blocked then give Chamomilla.
At the early stage of fever Aconite is a good remedy. Symptoms may include restlessness and thirst. If the temperature increases and restlessness continues, developing into anxiety with burning pains then Ars Alb should help. Belladonna is very good for high, violent fevers, accompanied with a flushed face, swollen glands and a dry mouth without thirst. If the fever is more flu like then use Gelsemium, especially if shivers and chills accompany exhaustion and a heavy feeling in the body.
It’s a horrible feeling, dreading that first day back at school. Argent Nit should help settle those butterflies! Ars Alb is also useful for anxiety but is more useful for chronic worriers beset with fears and concerns. Gelsemium is useful for unspecified fears and the feeling we all have sometimes of just wanting to hide away until it’s all over.
Anxiety with indigestion can be helped by Ars Alb – another symptom would be a huge thirst. A sluggish and bloated feeling with trapped wind can be helped by Carbo Veg. But for indigestion with heartburn try Nux Vom, particularly if it’s caused by over indulgence!
Nausea and Vomiting
Food poisoning and anxiety accompanied with burning or cramping stomach pains and a great dryness then use Ars Alb. Constant and violent nausea, not relieved by vomiting, and with no desire to drink water can be treated with Ipecac. Dry retching can be caused by over indulgence so try Nux Vom again!
Bumps and Bruises
Arnica is the first remedy to take especially for bumps, bruises and shock. Arnica cream is also very good for minimising tissue damage and speeding up the healing process.
Cuts and Scrapes
Calendula cream is great to have in the medicine cupboard for wounds, cuts and grazes. It’s gentle and antiseptic and should be applied directly to the affected area.
With non-serious, general ailments Homeopathy is easy and quick to use. If your child suffers chronic complaints then it is advised to consult a qualified Homeopath. Homeopathy is a complete form of medicine which employs a holistic approach to treat mental, emotional and physical complaints. Homeopathic remedies can be purchased from most Chemists and Health Food shops and from Homeopathic pharmacies.
Homeopathy is safe and can be used on children and even babies as there are no side effects. It is non-invasive, non-addictive and simple to use. It can be used with other types of medicines and it’s even safe to use in pregnancy. It’s a holistic treatment that stimulates the body’s own healing power by identifying and addressing the cause rather than suppressing the symptoms.
Disclaimer: Any views or advice in this article should not be taken as a substitute for medical advice or treatment, especially if you know you have a specific health complaint.