By Dr. Anke Zimmermann, ND, FCAH
Nux vomica 30CH - as the name implies this can be good for vomiting, as well as just generally feeling sick from overindulgence. Think hangover. Child may feel grumpy and irritable. Too many sweets, snacks, alcohol, overeating, Nux vomica can come to the rescue.
2 pellets as needed up to three doses a day. Don't repeat if remedy is helping unless and until symptoms return.
Arsenicum album 30CH - homeopathic arsenic. Very useful for various poisonings, esp food poisoning and many GI issues. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, feeling cold and anxious, Arsenicum can be your friend. Dosing same as above.
Activated charcoal tablets - very handy for overindulgence and poisoning symptoms as well. Also great fun for kids, the capsules can be opened and the fine charcoal rubbed on teeth to match the Halloween costume! 1-2 capsules three times a day, depending on severity of symptoms and age of child. It's very safe to take and can give quick relief.
Acute Onset of Fevers and Colds
Victoria is a very windy city. This time of year many children come down with acute fevers, croup and other issues after exposure to cold wind, often starting in the middle of the night.
The main remedy for this is Aconite napellus, aka Aconite (monkshood), in a 30 or 200CH. Give one dose and wait about 5 minutes. If it is the correct remedy your child should feel better by then. You may need to repeat it if the symptoms recur.
Oscillococcinum is also good to have on hand, this is a number 1 bestselling cold and flu remedy, available in most pharmacies and health food stores now. Don't follow the instruction on the package but rather take 5-10 grains every hour for a few hours. It will often nip infections in the bud.
Ailments from Fright
Let's face it, Halloween can be pretty scary for young children. Images and movies of monsters, witches and zombies have the potential to leave imprints in their young psyches. I've seen many kids over the years who were traumatized by frightening images or movies.
Fortunately homeopathy offers a few good solutions for ailments from fright. Aconitum napellus is applicable here as well. Aconite can help with acute frights, frights that happened years ago and even those that happened before a child was born. In an acute situation you can give Aconite 30CH or 200CH 2 pellets and wait for a day or two for changes. If in doubt please contact me or another naturopathic or homeopathic practitioners.
You can read cases of children treated with Aconite below:
Dr. Anke Zimmermann, ND, FCAH is a naturopathic doctor with a special interest in developmental and behavioural disorders, vaccine injuries, homeopathy and CEASE Therapy.
Dr. Anke Zimmermann, ND, FCAH, Naturopathic Pediatrics
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