Is it worth it to treat a baby with the help of homeopathy? We will try to answer this question!
The gap between the doctors - supporters and opponents of homeopathy - has been going on for decades. Based on the experience of observing small patients, the first consider that in the treatment of certain diseases this method is an excellent alternative to classical medicine. In fact, unlike traditional preparations, granules will act on the baby's organism both faster and not so aggressively, especially in the treatment of recurring disorders. It is important, from their point of view, and the fact that homeopathy treats the small patient as a whole, that is, the doctor is interested not only in the physical symptoms of the ailment, but with the personality of the baby: what is his temperament and eating habits, how he developed, what he "stumbled" , but what was given to him easily, how the pregnancy went on, and so on. And opponents of homeopathic treatment remind us: no serious scientific research has proved that homeopathy really works.
Whatever it was, young parents living in different countries increasingly choose homeopathy for the treatment of various diseases of babies, without waiting for the end of scientific discussions.The case of principle
Homeopathy is a full-fledged method of treatment, the task of which is to help the patient cope with the disease. It is based on several main principles.
"SIMILAR TREATS SIMILAR." This conclusion was reached at the end of the 18th century by the founder of classical homeopathy, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann: "All substances in minimum doses treat such symptoms or diseases that they can cause in a healthy person when given in large doses." For example, the allergy to bee venom is cured with Apis - this is the same substance but repeatedly diluted.
"DECREASE DOSE STRENGTHENS TREATMENT EFFECT". This means that the higher the degree of dilution of the drug, the stronger its effect. Experimenting with different substances, Samuel Hahnemann gradually reduced their dose to reduce the toxicity of drugs. So he found that if the substance to be diluted with water or alcohol, its harmful effect is reduced, and the beneficial effect is preserved. The search for the mechanism of this phenomenon is ongoing to this day, and it is not yet clear how a substance diluted to an extreme degree can treat.
"PATIENT IS NOT A LIST OF SYMPTOMS." To find the medicine for the baby, the homeopath will look at it, determining the characteristics of the organism as a whole: whether thin or full, agile or slow, what is his appetite, thirst and at what time they appear, whether he sweats and when, in what places, what is his chair. Is it easy for a kid to gain weight, he is inclined to constipation or diarrhea, does he eat chalk, plaster, sand in the sandbox or just try and spit out. This information will help the doctor to determine what type of constitution the baby is and what diseases in this case will be peculiar to him. Remember, there are children who are more often sick with otitis, and those that with the first colds pick up the bronchitis! And two patients with the same ailment are prescribed different drugs.
Constitutional, or, as it is also called, basic, treatment helps the body to change its predisposition to certain ailments, stimulating the immune system. In other words, we treat the disease, but the goal of the treatment is that it does not happen again.Homeopathy acts on the work of organs, and on our emotions and behavior. Treatment of the disease leads to a correction of behavior. For example, the unwillingness of a toddler to part with his mother, which is expressed in tears, is the same symptom for a homeopath as a frothy stool for indigestion. Treatment not only solves problems with the stomach, but it helps the baby to experience separation from his mother more easily. About Means
You pick up the package of the prescription for the baby and see on it a note: 3 D or 6 D, 8 D ... Another option is possible - 6 C or 12 C, 30 C, 200 C, 1000 C ... This means different degrees of drug dilution . Let's start with the fact that they are made from plants (for example, arnica, chamomile, etc.), animals (bees, ants and others) or minerals (mother-of-pearl, silica and so on). First the substance is insisted, and then diluted in alcohol - this is how the "mother" tincture is obtained. If you take one of its drop and mix it with 9 drops of water, you get a dilution of 1 D (decimal); if you dilute a drop of tincture 99 drops of water, you get a dilution of 1 C (a hundred). So, mixing and diluting, receive preparations of different dilutions. Some of them are prescribed to patients in low dilutions (6 C, 12 C), others in medium (30 C or more), others in high (200, 1000 C). The same drug can be prescribed to one patient at 6 C, and another at 200 C.
Low dilutions treat individual symptoms and acute manifestations of the disease. Medium and high appoint during constitutional treatment, it lasts a long time, because its purpose is to change the predisposition to certain diseases in the body. Which drug to choose, the doctor decides.
At first glance, the appointment of homeopaths may seem complicated. Here is an example of one of the schemes: 2 days 2 granules 4 times a day, then 3 days 2 granules 3 times a day, then 4 days 2 granules 2 times a day and 5 days 2 granules 1 time per day. The drugs must be dissolved no later than 30 minutes before meals and not earlier than 1 hour after it.The best is for the children!
The sphere of "influence" of the method is chronic and often recurring problems. Although with acute conditions, homeopaths work very well. And still practice has shown, that homeopathy perfectly approaches for the treatment of the smallest - kiddies up to 1,5 years. The granules have 2 undeniable advantages: they act gently, while alleviating the condition of the small one and allowing the doctor not to prescribe classical drugs - more severe and having side effects. And in most cases, treatment with homeopathic remedies avoids the use of antibiotics.One drug or a whole complex?
Granules of monopreparations are the most famous form of homeopathic remedies. Low and medium dilutions (6, 12, 30 C) are used to treat diseases at the time of exacerbation. They need to be taken 2-4 pieces several times a day. High dilutions (from 200 C) are also granules, often of larger diameter, and are prescribed as a basic treatment. Usually they are taken once a month or even less often.
Complex preparations are released in the form of tablets, drops, syrup. One such medicine contains several homoeopathic remedies, although this idea contradicts one of the main principles of the method: for each patient there is a drug. That's why not all homeopathic doctors prescribe complex drugs to patients.In a bottle or under the tongue?
Granules can be dissolved in a bottle of water: for this you need to shake it properly. On the other hand, even a 3-month-old baby can dissolve the pellets himself. The risk that they will fall "in the wrong throat" is not large, and even if the grains are in the bronchi, they will still melt. And you can also put pellets to the kid on the cheek during sleep.We to you, doctor
Here are a few common situations from among those that have to deal with homeopaths.
Sanya, 9 months: anxiously asleep at night; he is capricious; Do not get off your hands; the left cheek flushed; the chair became greenish; saliva increased markedly; on the whole mouth until only 2 teeth.Real homeopaths are specialists with higher medical education. Then for a few more years they are studying homeopathy and getting another diploma.
The delay in teething in children is often combined with the slowed-down closure of the fontanelles (and also with the violation of muscle tone), because it is a single process of development of the musculoskeletal system.
How will the homeopath act? He will prescribe a medicine that affects the exchange of the basic mineral constituents of bone tissue - calcium and phosphorus. Homeopathic remedies help the body restore the lost balance on its own. In our case, the doctor will give the baby a preparation containing the mentioned minerals, or a medicine from grass grown on calcareous soils that are rich in calcium. These funds will help to speed up the appearance of a delayed tooth and cope with the restless sleep, fever, runny nose, skin rash or stool disorders that have arisen against the background of his eruption.
In order to select a medicine for the baby, the homeopath will look at the child, determining the type of his constitution. For example, Sane with his symptoms will help homeopathic chamomile (chamomilla). A baby of another "storehouse" - phlegmatic, prone to constipation and easily sweating - in the same situation will need another drug - calcium carbonate (calcarea carbonica).
Alina, 3 years: since I went to kindergarten, constipation began; she goes to the toilet every 3 days and only at home; feces thick; likes salt cucumbers, often licks saltcellar; he drinks a lot; by the nature of the vulnerable, remembers the insults for a long time.
From the point of view of a homeopath, the girl has 3 bright symptoms: craving is salt, vulnerability and shyness. These signs correspond to the preparation table salt - sodium chloride (natrium muriaticum).
How will the homeopath act? If the problems with the stool are harassing the girl from the moment she was born, the doctor will ask her mother about the pregnancy, delivery, whether the baby was breastfeeding; will appreciate the height and weight of the baby, find out in what places and under what conditions she sweats, what her appetite is, how much she drinks. For the correct appointment of a doctor, one must also study the feces of the girl (its color, smell, consistency and form, whether it contains mucus, impurities or blood), because to each drug there corresponds a certain type of secretions. The chosen medicine will either cure spasms, or increase the contraction of the musculature of the intestine - depending on which problem was the cause of constipation.
Another situation - the problems with the chair arose for the first time. Then their cause may be a recent vaccination against poliomyelitis, and the process of accustoming to a pot, and banal poisoning or overeating. In each of these situations, the baby will be helped by a certain set of homeopathic remedies: for example, painful reactions to vaccinations can be overcome with the help of the preparation sulphur, silicea and thuja.
Vanya, 4 years old: often ill with ARI in the last 3 months - since he went to kindergarten; It's hard for me to part with my mother in the morning; in the morning comes to pour out to the parents in bed.
For a homeopath, Vanya's frequent illnesses will be explained not by an attack of microbes in the garden, but by the fact that the baby is going through parting with his mother and the need to become part of an unknown collective, he feels abandoned and his defenses are weakened.
How will the homeopath act? The doctor's task is to help the baby adapt to new conditions. Vanya, he will prescribe the drug pulsatilla, the main symptom of which is a feeling of abandonment.
Marik, 3,5 years: became strange after the birth of his brother. He is attached to his mother's breast, began to write at night, ready without stop eating sweets.
From the point of view of a homeopath, what happens to a boy is a manifestation of jealousy.
How will the homeopath act? Since his behavior demonstrates Marik's desire to become an infant again, the doctor will give him calcarae carbonica, a drug that works very well for very small children.Read on this topic:
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