“No, I won’t!” Homeopathy and Temper Tantrums

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Guest Article by  Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom 

Are temper tantrums a fact of life in your household?
The cantankerous two year-old.
The confrontational teenager.
But what if tantrums were actually beneficial?
Sounds peculiar that such behavior could be considered valuable, doesn’t it?

Well, temper tantrums are indicators that something is out of balance, not only behaviorally, but probably physiologically.  And since symptoms are the key to choosing the proper homeopathic remedy, then this aberrant behavior can actually become useful in addressing the underlying cause.

Many parents explain away their child’s behavior as simply an age-related stage.  Too often, they offer platitudes such as, “Well, of course he has temper tantrums.  He’s 3!” or “She has a terrible attitude, just like her dad!”

While it is true that these pathologies can be age or familyrelated, we should bear in mind that they are still pathologies. Therefore, even if they present, this doesn’t mean that they belong there.

Not every toddler throws a tantrum and not every teenager needs an attitude adjustment.  These problems are particular to the individual and are symptoms to which we ought to give our full attention.

They reflect an idiosyncratic personality that can be guided and brought to its best state through homeopathic remedies.

Homeopathy is gentle and won’t change your child’s personality.  When the remedy is chosen correctly, it will bring your child into balance both physically and emotionally.

Bye-bye temper tantrums!

Read through the following descriptions to find the remedy that best fits the entire “picture” of your child’s symptoms.  Administer one dose in the 30th potency every 3-4 hours until improvement is seen, then stop.  If no improvement after the fourth dose, try the remedy that seems to be the next best fit.  For more severe symptoms, the chosen remedy can be given every 1-2 hours.

Nux Vomica
This is the remedy to use for symptoms brought on by going “over-the-top.”  Ailments are brought on by too much sugar, too many drugs, too much stress, pressure, work, food, drinks, etc.  Irritability is a key factor in this remedy along with gastrointestinal issues such as gas, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea.

Although irritability is addressed by Chamomilla, it also encompasses symptoms that result from anger.  Symptoms include fractious behavior and acute sensitivity; that is, the reaction is far too great for the stimulus received. Words or physical touch which would normally cause a much less severe response will prompt testy and crotchety comebacks.  This remedy is also particularly useful in cancelling out the workings of unnecessary drugs.

Individuals who might benefit from Lycopodium are generally insecure and cowardly and are typically afflicted by gastrointestinal complaints. Though they appear confident and self-assured, they worry about how they are perceived and judged by others.  Their worries increase when they are by themselves so just having someone nearby alleviates their anxiety. The behavior is often cross and cantankerous.

As its name alludes, Coffea is made from coffee beans, and it addresses those pathologies which are similar to the ill-effects of caffeine. Though there isn’t marked anger or anxiety, which the former three remedies envelop, there is an inability to relax and the mind races. Despite these jittery thoughts, the disposition is quite even-tempered, though there might be some, though little, irritability. Because the mind is already quite excited, even the smallest pain causes inordinate distraction and there is an increased sensitivity to surrounding elements, such as noise, light, touch, etc.

When parents ask me what they should do until the remedy takes effect, I tell them to indeed discipline the child. Just because the behavior may have physiological roots, it doesn’t mean the child shouldn’t be held responsible and taught accordingly. We all have our bad days, and we need to learn how to adjust accordingly, so as not to disrupt family life and society in general.

Give the remedy most suited to your child and you might find that even if anger is still exhibited from time to time, it will be mitigated by an inner wherewithal that was previously absent.

Homeopathy for Kids

By Carol B. Blair, BS, DiHom, CNC, Wellness Educator

HomeopathyHomeopathy is a true healing system. It is wonderful not only because it is inexpensive, but also because it is safe and it doesn’t interfere with medications. Homeopathy is often misunderstood because of its many dilutions and some individuals think it only has a placebo effect. If that were true, it wouldn’t provide such great results for babies and animals!

Because homeopathy is based on “like cures like,” match the symptoms to the remedy as best as possible. A children’s dose is typically three pellets, three times a day of the quick dissolving (30X strength) tablets under the tongue.

Here are a few common remedies that you might find helpful for your children:

  • Arnica is the most common household homeopathic remedy. This is known as the “accident remedy.” The child falls off the swing and badly bruises his leg, for instance. Arnica 30X will typically reduce the pain and expedite the healing.
  • Aconitum is the “fear remedy.” When there is fear, panic (perhaps the first day of school or camp), or if they witnessed a bad accident, Aconitum would be the remedy. One dose of 30X might be all that is needed to get the child back on track. This can also be used for post-traumatic stress.
  • Apis is the “bee sting remedy.” When Apis is needed, the typical symptoms are red, itchy, and swollen areas with stinging pains. Apis might even be used for a burn (including sunburn) as the symptoms are similar.
  • Belladonna is the “fever remedy.” This often helps those high fevers that come on suddenly at 3:00 AM whether due to an ear infection, flu, or other cause.
  • Chamomilla is the “teething and colic remedy.”       When the child is irritable, doesn’t know what he wants, can’t go to sleep, Chamomilla might just be the magic remedy. One father said to me, “What did parents do before homeopathic Chamomilla?”       I replied, “Unfortunately, we suffered a lot—right along with the kids!”
  • Cocculus and Tabacum are the “motion sickness remedies.” Cocculus is most helpful when there is nausea and the child is very sensitive to odors. He may continue to feel bad even after the motion has stopped. Tabacum is the remedy when the child is nauseous and is worse when he watches out the window or looks at any moving object.

Homeopathy is one of my loves because it is so safe and does absolutely remarkable healing when the right remedy is found! We have a great selection of homeopathics at Natur-Tyme as single remedies for under $8.00, and several of these are found in the Hyland’s Kids Kit that we also carry. The kit comes complete with a little booklet to help you find the correct remedy.

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