Ear infections are very common in babies and young children. Doctors tend to prescribe antibiotics for ear infections, which often times are unnecessary. Homeopathic remedies for ear infections are great alternatives to a conventional treatment and include such remedies as Pulsatilla, Belladonna, Ferrum Phos, Chamomilla, Mercurius, just to name a few. Belladonna is known as the number one remedy and is used for right ear infections with a sudden onset of great pain and a high fever. The earache is intense and throbbing, and the baby is restless and agitated, with a hot face and cold hands and feet. You would think that with a high fever like that the baby would be very thirsty, but he is not, and that creates a typical Belladonna picture that is hard to miss. Another great remedy for an ear infection with a high fever is Ferrum Phos, but this time the infection is left-sided and the baby is much calmer. It is an excellent remedy in the beginning stage and it will prevent the formation of pus. If the child seems especially clingy, whiny and uncomfortable from the pain, Pulsatilla is the remedy for you. The pain will be worse at night. The child wants to be carried around and consoled, but they are not as capricious as Chamomilla children, who are screaming and don’t want to be touched. The onset is not as sudden as Belladonna, but pain is severe and not tolerated well. When one cheek is hot and red and the other is pale, it completes the picture of Chamomilla and makes it easy to recognize.
If your baby is crying a lot and pulls his legs up or stretches them out, especially after being fed, chances are he is colicky. There are a few homeopathic remedies that can be very helpful in this situation, and one of the main ones is Colocynthis. The abdominal pain can be very severe, and it gets worse after eating and drinking. Babies will have bloated bellies, and yellow or green diarrhea. The colic pain might be temporarily relieved by flatus or bowel movement or by pressure, so they will feel better if you put them over your knee or shoulder. If your baby is very capricious and irritable, crying inconsolably and must be carried around, has a bloated tummy and green diarrhea with “rotten egg” odor, Chamomilla will definitely bring some relief. But if your baby has a tendency to stretch or bend backward, and wants to be held upright, and heir tummies rumble a lot, Dioscorea is the remedy for you.
When if comes to painful teething, homeopathic remedies come to the rescue again, bringing relieve to both babies and their parents. The most frequently used remedy for this purpose is Chamomilla if the baby is irritable, capricious, and very difficult to comfort. Nothing can console them, and you will spend all night long carrying them around. Magnesia Phosphorica can also be useful if the pain is better from warmth and pressure, but if your child has a fever, Belladonna or Aconite should be also considered.
If you are contemplating using Homeopathic remedies for your baby, please make an appointment with us to discover what Homeopathy can do for you and your baby’s health.