I’m sure this is a question many of you ask when you’re supporting little aches and pains, coughs and colds for your children or pets!!
Because we do have such high expectations of homeopathy, often based on our past experience, we may expect that a remedy we give for a sore throat or a cold will immediately stop the symptoms we are wanting to resolve.
This can happen, but sometimes the change is more subtle before the real improvement begins and so your keen observation is key.
Obviously if you have a very acute situation arise or things are lingering or getting worse, do check in with your GP, call Health Direct or go to ED, even if you are going to continue with homeopathics.
And don’t leave contacting your homeopath too long if your remedies are not working as too many remedies can muddle the picture of what is really required.
What’s going on?
It can be hard to know what’s happening, even in simple acutes, so here are a few examples that may help you know what’s going on.
Managing a fever, teething, sore ear?
Your child has a fever**, teething or sore ear; you give the remedy and the child falls asleep although the temperature doesn’t drop immediately or even goes up a little more.
Continue with the remedy for up to five doses as this is an indication you may have the right remedy and the system is working hard to overcome the symptoms and bring the system back to balance. If things are still going in the right direction, reduce the frequency of the remedy to every hour or two, or just stop and wait and repeat if the symptoms reappear.
Managing a tummy bug?
You are dealing with a gastro bug and the child vomits after the remedy and then either falls asleep or asks for something to eat.
This is a wait and watch situation. The remedy may well be working and you don’t need to give anything further unless the vomiting or diarrhoea starts up again.
Managing a cough?
You are managing a cough and the cough becomes less frequent after the remedy but does not completely resolve.
You are probably on the right track. Repeat the remedy only if the symptoms become more intense. If you find you get to a point where the remedy is doing nothing, choose another remedy to match the current picture or read below and contact your homeopath.
Coughs are probably one of the trickiest things to treat, so often a consult with your homeopath is required. Check in early if the cough is violent or there is vomiting and I’d assume in this situation you would also be checking in with your GP or ED.
Check in later if the cough is lingering after a cold or other viral illness and needs a remedy to finish things up. Persistent or recurrent coughs of any kind are often an indication of an underlying inherited tendency which needs to be addressed.
You have teething symptoms where baby is dribbling, chewing madly on everything and is highly irritable.
After the remedy baby becomes more cuddly but is still chewing and dribbling. Consider that the remedy may be right but needs a few more doses or that the remedy is only partly right and you need to choose again.
My advice is to give 5 doses 10 minutes apart where a situation is pretty acute and if nothing at all happens on any level choose again. I would expect to see change and if you don’t, then the remedy is not correct or if you are using a combination, the remedy you need is not in that combination.
I also often suggest to see what happens over night as many fevers will break during the night and a sick child (or adult!) will wake in the morning beginning to feel better.
Acutes and chronics
Some cases are actually acute manifestations of a chronic problem (see Cough above) and will require a constitutional remedy regardless of what you do. This is often the situation I find when a child is brought in after a few remedies have been given unsuccessfully at home. It was not that the remedy was wrong or homeopathy doesn’t work, but rather the child needs a deeper acting remedy which only an experienced prescriber could perceive.
Remember there are more than 5000 remedies, but as home prescribers you probably use about 20-30!
Mother’s intuition is always good in these situations but if you are in doubt about any of the above consult your GP and your homeopath, especially if you are new to homeopathy.
**Always seek medical advice for fever in a baby under 6 months old.
Melanie Creedy trained in the UK in the early 1990s and holds a Bachelor of Health Science in Homeopathy. She is registered with the Australian Register of Homoeopaths (AROH) and is a member of the Australian Homoeopathic Association. She was Vice President and Professional Development Coordinator of the Australian Homoeopathic Association from 2011 to 2015 and was editor of the AHA National Newsletter from 2012 to 2020.
Melanie has used homeopathy for over 30 years and has been in practice since 1998. For many years she ran The Children’s Ear Clinic in Western Australia, but since her tree change to Tasmania, has a special interest in women’s and children’s health generally and helping individuals manage their journey on the spiritual path with homeopathy and her range of essences. Melanie has developed her own methods of dealing with complex cases over the years and offers distance consultations via phone and skype to allow people Australia-wide to access her services.
Homeopathy is a traditional medicine. It may be used in conjunction with other medicines. For any ongoing chronic condition, it is important to be assessed or examined by your healthcare professional or specialist. Always seek medical advice in emergencies. The information provided in this blog does not constitute medical advice but is for information only. If in doubt as to the appropriateness of a suggestion or treatment seek advice from your homeopath.