Taking the case of Babies and young Children
During case taking for babies and young children there has to be more emphasis upon observation than with adults. For children who are unable to speak we must rely upon whet we see, hear, smell and feel. We also have to be very clear about modalities..
Things to look for:
Firstly, smell, touch and watch the child
What is the facial colour? Is it red, pale, red on one cheek, dark under the eyes etc
Sweating, is the skin wet or dry? Where is the sweating? How does it smell?
Nappies, what do the stools and urine look like?
Sleep, how often/ what position? What quality?
Ask the parents about the mood of the child. Is she/he cross, irritable, crying, clingy, listless?
Note how the child responds to things such as motion, pressure, uncovering, bright, light, open air, heat and cold etc.
Taking the case of a baby
Bottle fed babies:
Better indication is to touch extremeties, as areas covered are usually warm
Sweating - areas where the baby sweats i.e. body, head etc.
Look in babys mouth, tongues and cheeks. Check for thrush.
Sticky eyes Mothers milk
Euphrasia 3 drops to 30mls
Blocked tear duct Silica 6c 1 drop in water
Euphrasia 3 drops to 30mls, drop in corner of eye.
How was the pregnancy?
Fathers health at time of conception
Whether mother took medication while pregnant.
Has baby had any medical treatmen.
How was the birth, was there lots of intervention (bruising)?
Was it a quick birth, a shock to mother and baby?
Calc Babies tend to constipation
Sit down and smile
Slow to develop
Chubby, large head
Med- Want to give them back.
Lycopodium - Usual frown on face will not let you pick them up
Constipated and vomit
Wrinkle across forehead
Nappy Rash Hypercal cream
Look at skull, is it misshapen? Difficult passage, foreceps? (cranial treatment)
Talking etc when? Early, late?
Teething can aggravate eczema,
Asthma can also aggravate eczema when you treat Asthma. Parents should be aware of this.
Tuberculinum babies have problems cutting teeth
Vaccinations - Runny nose
Eczema (never been well since vaccination. Give vaccine in potency 10m 1m 200c
Children usually have problems when they change from milk to solids
To vaccinate 6c, 12c, 30c, 200c, 1m, 10m
Stop if there is a reaction and then repeat the last potency given until aggravation passes. If giving one dose of the remedy use granules
Taking the case of Children
How does the child react to you
Eg Pulsatilla shy at first but better after they settle down
WRITE DOWN YOUR OBSERVATIONS ASAP
Biters Stram, Hyos, Med etc
Observation do they speak to you
Look you in the eye
How they react to mum
Do they play nicely
Do they want attention all the time
Child always sitting on parent knee
What do they like playing with, do they share
Can they concentrate
How do they respond to siblings
Are they tidy or untidy
Do they have any rituals (calc)
Sulphur - kids always dirty
Lycopodium want to wash hands even if slightly dirty
Ask child what frightens them, dark, dogs, spiders etc
Some children just want to please
Others dont give a damn
How much affection do they need
Do they suck their thumb etc
Generals - Sleep
- How much needed
- Difficult to go to sleep
Temperature - Hot
- Do they sweat
Digestion - Constipation
- Loose stools
Urinary - Bed wetting
- Pains during urination, colour
**** there are some excellent books on homeopathy for children. Giving symptoms, and appropriate remedies. The more information you can gather from the patient the better chance you have of finding the most suitable homeopathic remedy.*****
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