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If your child is a late developer, has been slow to teeth, to crawl and walk - a plodder, not a pusher, then this could be their constitutional homeopathic remedy. Like the oyster from which this remedy is prepared, they are similar to the vulnerable creature within the shell. Homeopathy abounds with such comparisons of states because this is how it works, like curing like because of intrinsic similarity.
Children needing this remedy are usually plump and easy going, happy to watch others or to play by themselves. Their heads may sweat at night, and their bowel movements and perspiration usually smells sour. They can also go without passing a motion for several days, without any apparent ill effects. They like bland foods, especially soft boiled eggs, milk and ice cream, although these may disagree with them. They generally dislike meat. They like cold food and though they are chilly, they do not enjoy hot baths. Cold weather can aggravate them, and they like their hats and scarves. They are prone to coughs and colds, swollen glands, tonsillitis and ear infections. Although they may be slow learners, these children are determined and independent and can be very stubborn. They may suffer from nerves and fear when they are unwell. They are afraid of the dark, and may wake up screaming from nightmares; also they have a fear of some animals, for example mice and dogs. They avoid the rough and tumble of the playground, at sport, they are apt to sprain their ankles. They are not outspoken in class, fearing that others will notice their confusion. Older children may develop a fear of death and become fascinated by religious ideas and the supernatural. This remedy should be considered if the child has had repeated fevers which have been helped by Belladonna.
Worse: mental and physical effort, cold/wet weather, on waking, morning and after midnight, full and new moon.
Better: lying down, dry weather, hot applications, rubbing.
The above remedy excerpt is from the homeopathy book 'Get Well Soon' produced by Misha Norland and The School of Homeopathy in collaboration with students and graduates, this is a self-help guide to using first aid homeopathy and contains over 50 remedies. It provides an introduction to homeopathy and use of homeopathic medicines, an index of common ailments with recommend remedies to be used for various combinations of symptoms.