“If you purchased the Childbirth Kit from Helios for the birth or if you have the Basic 18 or 36 kit from Helios, you will have all the remedies below. If you have neither though, and you want to start building your little home pharmacy but have no idea where to start, then definitely get the 5 remedies below with special mention of Arnica to have in your purse! All remedies aer suitable from anywhere between a 6c and 30c (the latter is the most common in the UK) but in cases of fever or fabulous teething you might like to have a 200c as this potency matches the intensity of a fever or the teething.
Arnica – for any bumps and bruised. Great trauma remedy so also will help your child calm down when having made a fall. Surely a remedy to keep in your handbag alongside an Arnica cream or gel.
Belladonna – number one remedy for fever. Give your baby this remedy before you reach for the Calpol and chances are you won’t need it at all. Useful remedy also in ear aches if the child is very hot, has a flushed face and is in a bad mood.
Calcarea Carbonica – good remedy for most babies when they have a very stuffy cold and are otherwise quite happy. Can be useful in constipation and is the second remedy you would consider for teething especially if teeth are coming through very slowly.
Chamomilla – your best friend in teething. First remedy to think of, especially if teething is accompanied by diarrhoea and if your child is very fussy and upset with the teething.
Pulsatilla – probably your number one remedy for colds in babies and toddlers. Often there is yellow/green discharge from the nose and the child is more clingy or tearful than usual. If the latter is the case this is your remedy also in case of a fever. Colds that go into the lungs, and that are worse at night with runny discharge during the day are also great indications for this remedy. Can be useful to alternate with Chamomilla in earaches that are not clearly Belladonna or if Belladonna does not relieve.
Bonus remedy for momma: Cocculus Indica – this has saved many mothers for sure. If you have been having bad nights and you wake exhausting, feeling a bit dizzy or sick during the day (like a jetlag), or nursing leaves you exhausted, Cocculus is your friend!
The remedies above are very useful in acute self-limiting diseases. Please remember however that if you notice that the remedy is not working or needs to be repeated frequently, another remedy may be indicated and it would be worthwhile to get in touch for a consultation.”
By Ingefleur Spreij
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“Traumatic events in children’s lives can have the same effect as head trauma, a new study says.
The study, published recently in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, finds that emotional trauma at a young age may cause changes to the brain that are similar to head trauma.
The connection between emotional trauma’s and physical trauma’s effect on the brain is an increase in a protein called S100B. S100B is a protein usually found in the brain. But when the protein makes its way to the blood, this is a sign that the barrier that separates the brain from the rest of the body is leaky. This enables inflammatory compounds to make their way to the brain and perpetuate inflammation in the brain, often called neuroinflammation.
Dr. Falcone’s research team found that the same thing happens with emotional trauma as with physical trauma: the S100B protein levels are higher than normal. What’s more, the worse the trauma, the higher the levels of the S100B protein.
The researchers identified three important stressors that impact the intensity of the emotional trauma: how early in childhood the trauma occurred (if the trauma happen before age 8), the level of the trauma’s severity and whether the emotional trauma lasted longer than six months.
Although her team’s study results suggest a childhood trauma could cause inflammation in the brain that’s similar to what is seen in concussion, this inflammation could linger. This could lead to long-term consequences such as the development of psychiatric disorders later.”
By Children Health Team at Cleveland Clinic
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Traumatic childhood events can lead to mental health and behavioral problems later in life, explains psychiatrist and traumatic stress expert Bessel van der Kolk, author of the recently published book, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.
Children’s brains are literally shaped by traumatic experiences, which can lead to problems with anger, addiction, and even criminal activity in adulthood, says van der Kolk. Sound Medicine’s Barbara Lewis spoke with him about his book.