The Sound of Silence

Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na)

April 26th, 2013  |  24 Comments

Do you hear that? Soft and quiet… It’s the velvety  sound of a baby sleeping peacefully. But it wasn’t like that earlier tonight or any night this week, for that matter.

Until Mom found the correct remedy, this now peaceful bambino was a screaming, back arching bundle of nerves. No amount of rocking, feeding or cuddling did the trick.

That’s when this mom turned to her homeopathy notes.

Prescribing for babies really teaches us to hone our powers of observation. Because they can’t tell us their mental symptoms, we have to be attuned to the clues they give us. How does your baby’s cry differ when she is angry versus when she feels scared? Can you decipher an inciting cause for her distress?

The next time you’re in this upsetting situation, take a look at the following remedy pictures and choose the one that best fits your unhappy babe. Relax. You can do this, and you will get better and better at it as you practice.

Chamomilla 30:

This is the number one remedy for teething, back arching, irritable, fussy babies. I could actually stop here, and it would likely fix 80% of the cases. Be sure to check the baby’s gums. If there is any evidence of teething, it’s even more likely a call for Chamomilla.

A baby who needs Chamomilla is easily identified by her fractious emotional state. She may act as if she wants you to comfort her, but when you try to, she pushes back from you angrily. She is likely restless and seems as if she cannot get comfortable in any position. Pain is marked in Chamomilla, so this remedy is also well indicated for the pain of colic.

Borax 30

Consider this remedy if your baby seems especially anxious and clingy, especially at night. He will often start crying as soon as he is put down, even if asleep. These babies’ screams tend to come on especially strong when they are asleep, as if waking suddenly from a bad dream. Passing a stool also tends to cause these babies to become very irritable and cry, but their mood generally improves once the bowel movement is completed.

Pulsatilla 30

Babies needing this remedy can be identified by their clingy emotional state. They are often weepy and desire to be held and comforted, but this comforting does not soothe them. These babies may weep piteously if they are not carried constantly. Although their lips and mouth may be dry, they do not tend to be thirsty.

Lycopodium 30

The Lycopodium baby, like the Lycopodium adult, can be difficult to deal with. Extreme anger points toward this remedy. The baby may throw tantrums, kicking and screaming if he does not get what he wants. Often these fits come on after waking in the morning or from a nap.

The best method I know is to give a dose of your chosen remedy four times in one day and note any changes that occur. If the mood improves, stop. You’re likely to find that the remedy will repeat its action should this occur again in the future. However, you may also find that the problem will often not return again at all because the pathology has been uprooted.

That’s the way homeopathy works; it doesn’t treat symptoms, it uproots them.

And that’s the sweet sound of relief for both of you.

 

 

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24 Responses to “The Sound of Silence”

  1. Erin says:

    I’m wondering what the best way is to give a baby the dosage once you have determined what is best. I have blue vials of pellets of chamomila and pulsatilla and they don’t dissolve easily in his mouth. He is 5 months. I’m just unsure of dosage amounts and how to administer it. Thank you for this post! It came at a perfect time!

    • Jeanette says:

      Erin,
      I am currently treating my dog with a couple of remedies so I thought it might help to tell how I am doing that.
      I use a small shot glass with 1/2 teaspoon of distilled water added to it. I add 5 pellets of the chosen remedy & then set the glass in a safe place tipped at a slight angle so that the remedy is completely submersed. I haven’t timed how long it takes to dissolve but I would guess anywhere from 1/2-1 hour. Then I use a baby dropper to pull up the liquid and slowly drip in it her mouth. This should work equally well for a baby. Just don’t give to much liquid at once, go slow to avoid choking. I hope this helps!

    • Anne Marie says:

      I use to give them to my infant. I’m not certain if our method is right or wrong, but we’d crush them with 2 teaspoons and add a little water till it was sloshy. He’d slurp it down straight from the teaspoon.

  2. Liz says:

    I have used a couple of these remedies with great success when my children were young!

  3. Sarah says:

    You mention a dose of 4 times a day, but how much in each dose? I’d like to try Chamomilla on my teething baby.
    Thanks

  4. Valerie says:

    Thank you so much for this much needed advice! We are going through this right now with my daughter’s new preemie baby. He is 3 months old and has had colic for quite some time. I will foreward this to her right now.
    Kian starts crying at 8:30 and it continues until close to midnight. It does not help to hold him…he seems so
    uncomfortable. They just pace the floor for hours, and it is so frustrating. Thank you, again.

    • Erin says:

      Hey Valerie,
      We had a preemie :) I’m wondering if some of the fussiness has to do with over-stimulation throughout the day? It doesn’t take much to over-stimulate. Especially a preemie. What is their daytime routine like? Sometimes with little ones it’s like all the stimulation from the day builds up and they process it all in the evenings. Like eating food all day long and having to chew it all up at once in the evening. I wonder if a combination of the remedies here and a slower pace during the day might help out a little.

      • Rebecca Campbell says:

        I agree with that. My little preemie could only be held for a short time at some points after he was born, like about 15 minutes, and it had to be quiet and not too bright. Depending on how premature the baby is that could definitely be part of the problem.

        And also thanks for the post, I am trying to learn about homeopathy.

  5. Brandy says:

    This is fantastic! Is there a certain brand that’s better to buy? Are they all pill form or do they come in drops as well? Thank you for the info!

    • admin says:

      I like Hyland’s, Boiron, Washington and Hahnemann. they can be found at most health food stores and on line. but if you plan to use homeopathy, its always best to purchase a kit. you pay more up front, but they are a bargain in the long run. if you recieve our e-newsletter, you’ll receive a Mothers Day Special promotion on kits.

      the more you learn, the more you’ll want to learn. enjoy!

  6. melissa says:

    My baby wakes after short cat naps. He still seems sleepy when he wakes up. Then he starts fussing. Would borax work in this case too?

  7. For babies that don’t sleep well these are great solutions. You might also try the Goodnight Sleep Tight book by Kim West about sleep training. It has worked beautifully for our 4 month old who is now taking a 90-minute nap in the morning and afternoon. Doesn’t hurt to try.

  8. Michelle Spexarth says:

    I was looking at the lycopodium and this seems like my 3 year old. I am assuming it would work with her too but just wanted some input. She just seems so argumentative, emotional and unhappy all the time. Maybe it’s just the age too…

  9. Anna Heitkemper says:

    Is the lycopodium the same as lycopodium clavatum? The local health food store only has lycopodium clavatum, not a plain lycopodium. I can’t figure out if its a different name for the same stuff or not!

  10. Lycopodium Clavatum and Lycopodium are one in the same. read and learn as much as you can on the subject of homeopathy. i know many moms, including myself that have never given a drug to their children because they count 100% on homeopathy.

    have fun learning!

  11. Megan says:

    I have a 1 yr old and so far no drug just homeopathy and herbal tea. so I’m one of those mom’s. hi new here. studying a few sites and a book i got at vit store.

  12. megan, you’ve come to the right place. my passion is to get as many free info to moms that will empower them to do what you’re doing and more. keep up the good work and pls feel free to share it here.

    happy mother’s day!

  13. Teresa says:

    I was reading a guest post on another blog you wrote about teething and babies having trouble sleeping. I can’t seem to find the same information on this blog. I was hoping you could help me out! My 4 month old just started teething and has been extra irritable lately and has had digestive issues since birth. I was GBS positive so I received 3 IV doses of antibiotics during labor. He is exclusively breastfed but still has reflux and bad gas. I’ve eliminated foods which didn’t seem to make much difference so I think his digestive system just needs to mature. I am giving him a dose of probiotics daily which also seem to be helping (Klaire Labs Infant Probiotic). I tried Chamomilla (for teething) which didn’t do anything. Yesterday, I gave him Nux Vomica and he seems to be doing better…definitely falling asleep easier. I’m just not sure how often to give it to him though. I usually only give him one tablet (Hylands Nux Vomica 30x)…usually before or during a feeding and nap/bedtime. I don’t want to give him too much and render it ineffective but I also want it to keep working b/c it seems to be helping. What signs should I look for to know when to stop giving it to him? He hasn’t had a bowel movement in 3 days so I’m hoping it helps with that too. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

  14. Megan Saxbury says:

    AHLALUHA ok sp didn’t say I can spell. but wish I had this 19m ago. but still have these issues often. Borax and Lycopodium fit the 2 different times and way she acts. Im praying after doing this next time they happen it will uproot the problem.

    • Megan says:

      Update. reread and then tried Pulsatilla 30. took care of being carried, held all day and crying . she would go play. nights still sleeping on top of me 4 days later. Tried borax yesterday. She slept beside me all night. now we are back to where we were with cosleeping before she got a bug over a month ago. something about that bug scared her or something so she went back to acting at lest for sleep and being held like she did when she was 10 months old. now back to working for the goal of 2 years and sleeping in toddler bed.

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