Supporting the health of an infant can sometimes feel like a guessing game with a limited amount of safe options. Find out why homeopathic remedies are gentle and easy to use for a variety of baby-related issues. Dr. Trevor Holly Cates is a naturopathic physician practicing in Park City, Utah, and a consultant for Hyland’s.
- Homeopathic remedies are therapeutically active micro-dose medicines mostly derived from plant and mineral sources.
- These all-natural remedies provide a gentle and effective way of enhancing a person’s immune system and improving symptoms.
- Homeopathy has been used for over 200 years and works as a catalyst to help our bodies act to their fullest abilities.
- Most homeopathic medicines are regulated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) as over-the-counter drugs.
- Manufacturers have to adhere to Good Manufacturing Practices and market their products with similar guidelines as all over-the-counter medicines.
- Homeopathic manufacturers rely on the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States to create monographs, or guidelines, for specific active ingredient preparation and strengths.
- Homeopathic products often have different instructions on the labels for children ages 2 to 12, which is usually half the adult dosage. Dr. Cates recommends less frequent dosing for children and babies than adults.
- The top homeopathic remedy for teething is Chamomilla. It is also a great remedy for colic when the child is irritated and seems inconsolable. Colocynthis can also be helpful when babies draw up their legs in pain and like their abdomens massaged.
- For ears, Belladonna is a top choice especially when there is a sudden onset with fever and flushed face, but also consider Pulsatilla when the child has had a cold and the pain is worse at night.
- For sleep, it depends on the reason. Aconitum works well when there is anxiety and restlessness, and Pulsatilla can help weepy, moody children.
- Single homeopathic remedies or combination formulas are found in readily dissolvable tablets placed in the baby’s mouth or as easy-to-use liquids, and are also available in gels for teething and drops for ears.