Homeopathy is a natural form of medicine that has been used for over 200 years. It is based on the principle of ‘like cures like’. In other words, the ailments are treated by tiny doses of natural substances that in larger amounts would produce symptoms of that ailment.
“The holistic nature of homeopathy means each person is treated as a unique individual and their body, mind and emotions are all considered in the management and prevention of disease. Taking all these factors into account a homeopath will select the most appropriate medicine based on the individual’s specific symptoms and personal level of health to stimulate their own healing ability.” – British Homeopathic Association
Homeopathy has been a huge part of Neiva’s life ever since she was a baby. She responds so well to the remedies. I was introduced to homeopathy by my sister in law after watching how well her children responded to them. If you would like to know more about homeopathy and especially homeopathy in children, I can highly recommend the following books below that I refer to often. What I cant find in one I will almost always find in the other. They make a pretty good team.
How to use Homeopathy
It is perfectly achievable for parents with very little experience in homeopathy to prescribe a remedy to an unwell child with everyday common ailments. The key is to be led by the verbal and physical symptoms the child is presenting. Ask your child questions such as
- where does it hurt?
- which side?
- what does the pain feel like?
- is it worse for sitting up or lying down?
- what circumstances led to there feeling ill?
- when does it feel better? when does it feel worse?
Characteristics to observe
- sleep pattern
- most comfortable position
- need for fresh air/adverse to cold
- thirst for hot or cold drinks?
- stool & urine colour texture and regularity
- colour and appearance in general
The more questions are answered the easier you will be led to a specific remedy with specific characteristics. At this stage, you will be able to select the appropriate remedy.
Homeopathy remedies consists of three dosages; 6th, 30th and 200th. The general rule of thumb is the lower the potency the more frequently you will need to give the remedy.
- 6th: This is the lowest potency with a gentle and steady action.
- 30th: This is a medium potency (generally the dose that is effective in most cases)
- 200th: This is the most powerful potency and generally given in situations of acute pain or intense symptoms (for example for a high fever Belladonna is generally given in 200th potency).
How to give the remedy
The remedies will be in the form of a small sugar pill. Neiva takes them this way although as a baby she took them in soft tablets that dissolve on the tongue. There are important things to remember when giving a remedy:
- the remedy should go straight into the mouth and must not be touched by hand. The best way is to use the cap of the bottle pour one tablet into the cap and then straight into the mouth.
- do not give the remedy 10 minutes either side of eating or drinking
- do not give your child two different remedies at the same time
For acute symptoms, give the remedy every couple of hours.
How to store the remedies
Unlike conventional medicines, there isn’t a worry of accidental overdose and the remedies are completely natural. However, from the beginning it is important to stress to the child that these are a form of natural medicine and should be treated with respect. Store the remedies in a dark cool place away from strong smells.
The remedies we use are Ainsworths. You can find them here.
For more information on homeopathy please visit the British Homeopathy Association here.