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Breastfeeding

Thursday, April 5, 2018 @ 12:04 PM
Author: Admin

Breastfeeding

Here are a few of the breastfeeding challenges new moms may struggle with and some of the common remedies to consider for them:

Cracked/Sore Nipples

  • Graphites: the cracks are itchy; may be oozing a honey-like discharge.
  • Nitricum acidum: for bleeding and painful cracks.
  • Phytolacca: For sore, cracked nipples, which hurt when the baby nurses. especially where the pains radiate from the affected area and the breast is hard and lumpy.  may feel heavy with flu like symptoms, or may have a breast abscess threatening.

Painful Breasts/Clogged Ducts

  • Belladonna: Sudden onset with intense symptoms. Worse on the right side. Breast(s) is red, hot and hard and can be marked by red streaks. They feel is very uncomfortable being touched or jarred and may have a craving for lemons or lemonade.
  • Bryonia: Breasts are very painful with motion and the patient is quite irritable. While the breasts are hot and painful as well as hard they are not as red as with Belladonna. Problem can be worse around 9:00PM. Mucus membranes of patient may also be dry (lips, etc.) and they may complain of pains and aches all over. They are worse from anymotion and better from pressure to the breast. They also tend to be very thirsty.
  • Calcarea carb: Breasts can be hot and swollen but pale in color. The patient will complain of being chilly with a tendency to perspire in fact they can perspire even when cold. There may be production of excess watery milk or deficiency of milk. The milk may also disagree with the child. The woman is worse from exertion or a cold room and has a strong craving for eggs and a strong desire for dairy including cheese. Warmth makes the patient feel better.
  • Phytolacca: For sore, cracked nipples, which hurt when the baby nurses. One of the most commonly used remedies for mastitis, especially where the pains radiate from the affected area and the breast is hard and lumpy.  The patient may feel heavy with flu like symptoms, or may have a breast abscess threatening.
  • Pulsatilla: Breast milk can be watery, suppressed or blocked or flow profusely. The flow may also be quite variable. The patient tends to have symptoms that change often. They also tend to be yielding in nature and easily brought to tears with a warm personality. They can cry while nursing the baby. Patient is worse in a warm room and much better in open air. They are also thirstless.
  • Urtica urens: No breast milk is produced at all and there does not seem to be a cause for the problem. Breasts can be swollen with stinging pains like the sting of a bee. The breasts may also itch. Patient can also experience a stinging or itching rash. There is an aggravation from cold and cold bathing.

Milk Supply Problems

  • Calcarea carb: Breasts can be hot and swollen but pale in color. The patient will complain of being chilly with a tendency to perspire in fact they can perspire even when cold. There may be production of excess watery milk or deficiency of milk. The milk may also disagree with the child. The woman is worse from exertion or a cold room and has a strong craving for eggs and a strong desire for dairy including cheese. Warmth makes the patient feel better.
  • Lac caninum: will address milk flow issues that switch from side to side.  The patient may feel a conflict between nursing and the sexuality of her breasts.
  • Pulsatilla: Breast milk can be watery, suppressed or blocked or flow profusely. The flow may also be quite variable. The patient tends to have symptoms that change often. They also tend to be yielding in nature and easily brought to tears with a warm personality. They can cry while nursing the baby. Patient is worse in a warm room and much better in open air. They are also thirstless.
  • Ricinus communis: can help increase milk secretion. Make sure to use in the right potency because different potencies of Ricinus act differently in the body 6C improves milk secretion while 30C reduces milk supply and is used for weaning.
  • Urtica urens: No breast milk is produced at all and there does not seem to be a cause for the problem. Breasts can be swollen with stinging pains like the sting of a bee. The breasts may also itch. Patient can also experience a stinging or itching rash. There is an aggravation from cold and cold bathing.

Weaning

When to wean is a personal decision. To allow both mom and baby to adjust physically and emotionally to the change, weaning should be a gradual process. Weaning is easier and painless if you take homeopathic medicines. They decrease the milk supply, thus relieving the swelling of the breasts and the pain. The most commonly used homeopathic medicines for weaning include:

  • Lac caninum: use a 30C potency.
  • Pulsatilla: use a 30C potency.
  • Ricinus communisUse a 30C potency. Make sure to use in the right potency because different potencies of Ricinus exert a different action – 6C improves milk secretion while 30C reduces milk supply and is used for weaning.

Argentum Nitricum for Too Much Sugar!

Thursday, April 5, 2018 @ 12:04 PM
Author: Admin

Argentum Nitricum for Too Much Sugar!

(Silver Nitrate-metal) is an amazing little homeopathic remedy that is famous for antidoting Sugar Poisoning.

 known to cure persons of having an actual craving of sugar. (used in a 6x it has been said that this remedy with rid the body of sugar/choc. Cravings. [ alfalfa tonic is also very helpful]
Parents can give this remedy in 30c potency before the festivities begin (especially if the child tends to binge on sweets) and then the remedy can be given again if needed like when symptoms develop from sugar toxicity.
There are various symptoms of sugar poisoning, hypoglycemic attacks, with severe weakness, sweating or intense hunger. There can be a bursting headache and/or many digestive problems. There can be belching, and the adult or child can develop spluttering diarrhea or green stools, shredded stools, or stools that turn green after remaining in the diaper.
Even a nursing mother can unwittingly cause illness in her child if she eats too many sweets. Argentum Nitricum can antidote these effects, if the she stops eating the sweets and gives this remedy!

Babies! Infants with Reflux or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GER)

 

If a baby is going to have a problem with Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) it usually begins before 8 weeks of age. GER involves lots of spitting up (reflux) after feedings, which can look like vomiting. Occasionally, babies might have trouble gaining weight, but they usually have normal bowel movements.

In babies with GER, breast milk or formula regularly refluxes into the esophagus, and sometimes out of the mouth. Sometimes babies regurgitate forcefully or have “wet burps.” This can happen because the muscle that connects the esophagus to the stomach (the esophageal sphincter) relaxes at the wrong time or doesn’t properly close.

In other words, the cause of GER, it is basically a birth defect. It is a case of the little flapper between the stomach and the esophagus, not being quite fully developed.

Symptoms of GER

Heartburn is the most common symptom of GER in kids and teens. It can last up to 2 hours and tends to be worse after meals.

In babies and young children, GER can lead to problems during and after feeding, including:

  • frequent regurgitation or vomiting, especially after meals
  • choking or wheezing (if the contents of the reflux get into the windpipe and lungs)
  • wet burps or wet hiccups
  • spitting up that continues beyond a child’s first birthday (when it stops for most babies)
  • irritability or inconsolable crying after eating
  • refusing to eat or eating only small amounts
  • failure to gain weight; this is where homeopathy can be of much benefit

Some of these symptoms may become worse if a baby lies down or is placed in a car seat after a meal.

I had a doctor tell me once, that if the milk comes up curdled, the infant is getting the goodness, and not to worry, the infant will grow out of the problem as the sphincter strengthens.

When issues of birth defects arise in families like this, homeopathy can be of so much help.

A couple of remedies to consider may be:  Lyc., Carb-v., Ant-c., Bryonia., Caust., Aethusa cyn. (milk allergies and Pyloric stenosis, stomach disorders; projectile vomit)

Treating Whooping Cough with Homeopathy 

Thursday, April 5, 2018 @ 12:04 PM
Author: Admin

Treating Whooping Cough with Homeopathy

 

Pertussis is a contagious respiratory disease, caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis.

Early Symptoms Usually start with cold-like symptoms and maybe a mild cough or fever, can last for 1 to 2 weeks and usually include: Runny nose, Low-grade fever (generally minimal throughout the course of the disease) Mild, occasional cough, Apnea – a pause in breathing.

Pertussis in its early stages appears to be nothing more than the common cold. Therefore, healthcare professionals often do not suspect or diagnose it unless or until the more severe symptoms appear.

Later-stage Symptoms of Pertussis, after 1 to 2 weeks if the disease progresses, include: Paroxysms (fits) of many, rapid coughs followed by a high-pitched “whoop” sound, Vomiting (throwing up) during or after coughing fits, Exhaustion (very tired) after coughing fits.

BLOCKED NOSE

Thursday, April 5, 2018 @ 12:04 PM
Author: Admin

BLOCKED NOSE

blocked nose or stuffy nose refers to a Nasal congestion, and the three terms can be used interchangeably. Nasal congestion is a condition where the nasal passages are blocked or narrowed due to inflammation of the lining mucosa and blood vessels of the nose. It  can vary from simple allergic reaction or  an indication of some other health problem, such as a sinusitis, adenoiditis, tonsillitis or other respiratory infections. It is usually caused by the common cold.
Such a nasal congestion may be short term or long term in duration.

Causes
  • Allergies
  • Hay Fever
  • Non-cancerous growths (nasal polyps)
  • Benign tumors in the nasal passages
  • Chemical exposures
  • Environmental irritants
  • Long-lasting sinus infection (chronic sinusitis)
  • Deviated nasal septum
 
Symptoms
  • A nasal congestion may be marked by:
  • A stuffy or runny nose
  • Pain in the sinuses
  • Increased secretion of mucus
  • Swollen nasal tissue
  • Painful pressure around the nose and eyes
  • Thick, discoloured nasal drainage
  • Accumulation of phlegm and coughing
  • Congestion of head
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Fever

Preventions

Certain preventive measures that can help avoid a blocked nose are:

  • Avoiding smoking as it may cause allergies
  • Avoiding contact with pets that can cause an allergic reaction
  • Increase the humidity in air by using vaporizers or humidifiers
  • Drinking plenty of fluids
  • Using saline nasal sprays that help clear up the nasal passage
  • Taking Steam bath helps to open the blocked mucous in the nose
  • Use of perfumes should also be avoided as they may cause allergic reaction