Babies, Children and Teenagers

When our GP decided to stop treating my daughter’s ear infections with antibiotics, I had to find an alternative. I discovered homeopathy through a friend, and it was a revelation. This was a treatment which, until then, I knew absolutely nothing about, and which, almost overnight, completely changed my approach to family health care. Antibiotics and anti-histamines were now a rarity in our house, inhalers were pushed to the back of the bathroom cupboard and taken on school trips and outings as emergency back-up only.

High quality research studies have shown that homeopathy is effective in the treatment of ear infections and glue ear, as well as allergies and hay fever. A study looking at treatment of ear infections concluded that homeopathy should be the first line treatment for this condition, as pain relief was achieved faster and the infection was less likely to recur than in those children treated with antibiotics.

Babies and children usually respond well to homeopathic treatment, as their natural vitality kicks the immune system into action quickly. Homeopathy can help them with a wide range of problems such as: coughs, colds and fevers; teething, nappy rash, colic, eczema, asthma, sleep and digestive problems, as well as recurrent infections. Children are normally very happy to take the remedies as they don’t have an unpleasant taste and dissolve easily on the tongue.

Homeopathy can also be extremely helpful in supporting children and young people emotionally, with issues such as anxiety (including exam nerves!) and shyness, aggression, temper tantrums and ADHD. It can also make a difference to children on the autistic spectrum.

I have also treated older children and teenagers for hormonal imbalance; skin and menstrual problems; recurrent tonsillitis and glandular fever. Homeopathy can fill an important gap in the treatment of viral infections as conventional treatment in this area is limited.