Autumn is here

The trees are putting on their beautyful autumn display, the moon is brighter, the temperature cooler and the days are getting shorter. It must be autumn! It is a beautiful time of year, but autumn and winter can also be a time of increased illnesses, especially in young children.

Returning to school after the summer break can be quite a challenge. On a physical level there is more contact with "sick" children, often in stuffy and overheated classrooms. On an emotional level there may be change of classroom, teacher and sometimes friends.

There is an increasing awareness today of how the environment and emotions can influence not only our wellbeing, but also our resistance to acute illnesses.

Parents may find their children pick up any "bug" that is going round like coughs, colds and ear- and chest infections. Sometimes chronic ailments like eczema and asthma can flare up. In some cases behavioural problems, hyperactivity or even bed wetting may worsen at this time of year. Homeopathy doesn't "fight" each illness separately, but considers the whole person on a mental, physical and emotional level and encourages the body's self healing ability.

Why not get yourself a Homeopathic First Aid Kit (from www.helios.co.uk) to give you a tool to treat your children gently and safely? Here just some of the remedies that may be useful:

Belladonna:

  • High temperature
  • Hot dry skin
  • Hot face and body, cold hands and feet
  • Glassy eyes
  • Worse afternoon

Pulsatilla

  • Temperature (possibly not as high as Belladonna)
  • Tearfulness
  • Child clingy and needy
  • Worse in stuffy rooms, better outside

Chamomilla

  • No. 1 remedy for teething children
  • Oversensitivity
  • Loose, green stools

Aconite

  • Useful in first stages of cold
  • Symptoms come on quickly
  • After exposure to cold/dry wind
  • Worse at night
  • Dry cough with chest pain and headache

 

This is just a small selection of remedies . There is a wealth of information on the internet and many books for "beginners" in Homeopathy are available now. If you need further information or help, please feel free to send me an e-mail.