Children's Health - Overview and Homeopathic Approach
Using Homeopathy for Children's Diseases
Conventional Treatment Treats the Symptoms Not the Cause
Children's health is a broad field of medicine unto itself of course (pediatrics), recognizing the special concerns and types of malady that tend to affect infants and youngsters. There are diseases associated specifically with childhood (such as mumps, for example, or croup), maladies that children are more prone to (ear infections, for example), ailments particularly prevalent in (but not limited to) the young (asthma, for instance), and some afflictions that are especially serious or even life-threatening when they manifest in a young person (such as pneumonia). Some types of disease that tend to plague the elderly can appear in very debilitating forms in children - such as arthritis. (About 300,000 children under age 18, or 1 in 250, have some form of arthritis or rheumatic condition.) There are also some highly controversial aspects of children's health, especially those relating to vaccinations, learning disabilities, and the autistic spectrum - all areas about which debates proliferate.
In sum - children face many of the same health problems that adults do, however symptoms may show themselves differently and treatment methods that work well in adults may not be appropriate for children. The homeopathic perspective on childhood maladies is akin to its philosophy about adults' problems - the whole child must be taken into consideration. The symptom of bed-wetting, to take one example, cannot be addressed homeopathically without knowing whether child is also prone to many other types of ailment and his or her overall demeanor and physical and emotional qualities. Only when all these factors are comprehended in an integrated fashion can a homeopath accurately select a remedy that will alleviate the symptom's frequency and severity while addressing any underlying imbalances.
Homeopathy Matches Your Individual Symptoms to a Homeopathic Remedy So You Feel Better Right Away
Homeopathy is especially interested in any history of skin disease suppression. Homeopaths believe that a predisposition for a disease will first manifest on less vital organs closer to the body's periphery, such as the skin, and that if this is somehow suppressed the malady will manifest deeper inside, often in the vital organs. One excellent example is the tendency of children who develop asthma to first have had eczema suppressed by steroids.
Some of the common ailments and symptoms that children are prone to along with adults include: constipation, diarrhea, vertigo, heartburn, ear, nose, and throat problems, acid reflux, allergies, sciatica, other back pain, boils, blisters, bronchitis, cold sores, corns and calluses, coughs, edema, pneumonia, shingles, urinary infections, hives (urticaria), warts, depression and anxiety, worms, other parasites, psoriasis, eczema, and other skin diseases.
To take a single example out of the vast range of children's health issues, we'll look at measles. Some of the more common homeopathic remedies for measles include Aconitum, Apis, Belladonna, Bryonia, Euphrasia, Gelsemium, Kali Bic, Pulsatilla, and Sulphur. Factors considered in selecting an appropriate remedy include the stage of the disease, presence of a fever and in what times of day, whether there is any discharge, and the nature of the itching. For chicken pox, the standard homeopathic remedies overlap somewhat, including Antim tart., Rhus tox, Kali mur., Pulsatilla, Aconite, Ars-alb, Apis, Belladona, and Sulphur.
Children's health problems can take countless forms, and the following is not an exhaustive summary but rather an abbreviated list of the possibilities: birth defects, teething, diaper rash, colic, bed wetting, communicable diseases such as chicken pox, rashes, dehydration, nosebleeds, tonsillitis, conjunctivitis, bronchiolitis, lice, bacterial Infections, diphtheria, meningitis, pertussis, rheumatic fever, diaphragmatic hernia, KÃ¶hler's bone disease, Osgood-Schlatter disease, scoliosis, cerebral palsy, childhood cancers such as brain tumors, cystic fibrosis, diabetes mellitus, appendicitis, Marfan syndrome, osteochondrodysplasias, phenylketonuria, Tay-Sachs disease, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, Asperger's syndrome, dyslexia, anxiety disorder, ADD, autism, delayed puberty, obesity, colic, teething, and Rubella. This, of course, is a highly abbreviated listing of all the health problems that newborns infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents are susceptible to.