Twelve years ago today I gave birth to my second son, Dylan. Since our first topic is homeopathy and family, it seems appropriate to give some time to the topic of Homeopathy and birth and babies.
Birth is a pretty traumatic experience. For both mother and baby. Our number one trauma remedy, assuming the birth process was normal (whatever that means these days in hospital births), is Arnica. Arnica can be given to the mother after transition, after birth and given to the baby after birth as well. Definitely give the baby 30c. Mother, well, it depends on how sensitive she is. 200C seems about right for most.
The story of one’s birth is very important and helpful in coming up with a homeopathic remedy. I have one client who came to me, full well knowing that her birth story was the source of her health problems. Her doctors weren’t as interested in it as I was. If your birth was normal, it won’t really influence remedy choices. But anything remotely beyond an easy birth with no interventions may produce a story worthy of considering.
Children get sick. Believe it or not, it is good for children to get acute illnesses. It is a way to develop a generalized immune response. Just like getting in shape by exercising, an acute illness can help children’s immune system get in shape as well. But when your child does get sick, a good remedy to consider is Pulsatilla. Pulsatilla is the velcro baby. Baby gets very sad if you put him down. He may have a cough, or an ear infection. But if he wants to be held and seems better if you bring him outside, consider Pulsatilla. A related and rhyming remedy is Chamomilla. Chamomilla is like Pulsatilla, but not only do they like to be held, they want you to move around. Just holding them or sitting while holding is not sufficient for the Chamomilla baby. This baby gets more mad than sad as Pulsatilla does. She may also have a red face or cheeks, perhaps one cheek red and the other not. He may have green stools as well. It is a good teething remedy as well.
Just knowing these three remedies–Arnica for trauma such as birth or injuries, Pulsatilla and Chamomilla for weepy, clingy babies will resolve a lot of heart ache and help you get more sleep.
Happy Birthday, Dylan.