Your baby wakes you at 3am crying in pain… you check their forehead and find that their head is hot. Yes,definitely hot. You take their temperature and it reads 103.2 F.
You take a deep breath and go get your homeopathy kit. Sounds like a night for Aconite.
If this is the first time you’ve heard about homeopathy, let me give you a quick overview.
Homeopathy is a vibrational medicine system in which extremely dilute amounts of certain natural substances are used to treat ailments. Homeopathy is based upon the ‘like cures like’ theory.
It’s very easy and safe to administer to infants, toddlers, and children all the way through to the elderly. It can even benefit some of our family pets, like horses, cats and dogs.
A very small dose can make a huge difference in a short amount of time.
Homeopathy has been a phenomenal help in our home and has saved us many would-be trips to the emergency room if we hadn’t known how to use it. Being a parent can be scary. Especially when your baby, who can’t verbalize what is happening, gets sick.
I’m not the calmest mom in the moment of an emergency, like when your baby is screaming bloody pain in your ear at 3am. I wish I was, but I am not… though I think I am getting a bit better.
Having a few essential tools on hand in your home medicine cabinet can be night saving. No one likes when their kids don’t feel well. And no one sleeps well when your little ones are ill.
If you are buying from a brick and mortar shop, ask them kindly to punch in the barcode at the register versus scanning your homeopathy items.
I like Boiron for adults and kids who are not going to choke. Though we did use Boiron with our babe. Look for the blue tube, though they also make several of the remedies like Arnica in green (6x) and purple (200c) tubes.
Hylands can be a great brand to use with infants, toddlers, young children or the elderly. Why? Because they are a softer tablet that gently melts in the mouth.
The Hylands Kids Kit is a great starting place. We have used each and every one of the 6 medicines in this kit on numerous occasions.
Once you administer the correct homeopathic medicine (there is a little booklet that guides you to the proper choice), you will see changes quickly.
If for some reason you are not seeing changes, check your baby’s hand. Look at the thumb side of the index finger.
How to Tell How Serious Your Toddler’s Illness Is
In infants up to around age two, you can see a blue vein along your child’s index finger, when they get sick. The finger has three sections. Depending on what section the vein is showing up in on the side of your baby’s index finger, you can gauge the severity of your baby’s illness. Think of it as your baby’s sick-o-meter.
If you see a blue vein that crosses the knuckle and goes into the first section, the proximal section or the part closest to the hand, then your baby is going to be ok. No need to fret. This is a ‘this to shall pass’ moment. This area of the baby’s index finger is known in Chinese Medicine as the Wind section. Proper prompt treatment will lead to a complete resolution of the illness within hours.
If the blue vein extends into the second section, or the middle section of the finger, then you ought to monitor your baby very closely. This is the time to be concerned. This area of the baby’s index finger is known in Chinese Medicine as the Qi section. Proper prompt treatment at this point can lead to complete resolution within a couple of days.
Hopefully, the blue vein never extends into the third section, or the tip of your baby’s finger. This area of the baby’s index finger is known in Chinese Medicine as the Life section. If you see a blue vein in this area, get emergency medical care ASAP! Your baby’s life is in critical danger and you need to act quickly.
What to Do if Homeopathy Isn’t Working?
Lancets are amazing little devices. These days you can buy diabetic lances almost anywhere (this is the one good thing about diabetes) and it’s well worth keeping a box of them in your home for high fevers and asthmatic breathing because you just never know. It’s also a good idea to keep a SHARPS container for the disposal of used lancets.
Treating a High Fever
If your baby breaks into a high fever and for some reason the homeopathy you have on hand in not correcting the issue, this is the time to do a little prick to release a tiny drop of blood from the apex of your baby’s ear.
Before you do this, check to see if one ear is redder than the other or has more veins showing. If so, prick that one. If not, choose one ear to prick.
Squeeze just below the area you are going to prick and hold for a few seconds to congest the blood. If you’re doing it right, the area should turn a deep red. This step is extremely important. Doing it correctly will cause there to be little to no pain with the quick prick of the needle. You will also get a better blood release which will result in healing quicker from the illness.
Once a drop, or few, of blood is released from the apex of the ear, your baby’s fever will start dropping immediately. It has every time I’ve done it…
Treating Wheezing In Your Infant
Your baby’s airways are much narrower than yours. When they get an infection, the heat and inflammation causes their airways to constrict. As a result, it is very easy for them to have wheezing or difficulty inhaling when they get ill.
If your baby is wheezing, prick the blue vein on the thumb-side of the index finger (the blue vein we just discussed above). Make sure to choke off the vein first before pricking. Once one to a few blood drops are released, your baby’s breathing should start to return to normal.
When you are faced with a quick onset illness, homeopathy at home is the best place to start.
Always check the side of your baby’s index finger to gauge the severity of their illness.
Lancets can work miracles in moments. There is a reason the oldest medical journal, established in 1823, is named The Lancet after this little handy dandy tool.
For more chronic or reoccurring illnesses, seek the advice of a health practitioner you trust.
May you and your beloved baby sleep tight throughout the night, but if a fever wakes you, I am glad you read this article and are now properly prepared.
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