Category Archives: Homeopathy and Babies

homeopathic remedies for newborn and infant support

Crying Babies ~ Teething

I wonder why the process of getting teeth is easy for some babies and really challenging for others.  Some children just wake up with a new tooth!

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Others seem to “work” on getting a tooth for months.  If you are in this situation anytime between six months and two years old than here are some remedy suggestions to ease the pain and the transition:

Pulsatilla 200C

Pulsatilla children need an abundance of comfort, reassurance and snuggles.  Anytime they are uncomfortable they need to be held, carried and sleep next to their mothers.  They may have moments of play and good moods but then will slip back into weepy and whining.

  • weepy
  • clingy
  • soft – they aren’t screamers, just soft, whiny crying
  • need constant physical contact
  • extra, extra, extra nursing time
  • low appetite and thirst while teething
  • may get thick, yellowish discharges with teething – from eyes, ears or nose

Chamomilla 1M

Perhaps the most famous of the teething remedies.  It does work like magic when you have a person who is a fit for the remedy.  These children are pretty easy to identify because of a few dramatic factors:

  • SHRIEKING AND SCREAMING
  • very, very reactive to pain
  • capricious – ask for a drink and then hurl it across the room, ask to be picked up but the adult MUST walk, bounce or jiggle them exactly as they want to be held.
  • one cheek red
  • green stool

Calcarea Carbonica 200C

This is a baby that has a slow pace for teeth, and bones.  They are slow to crawl, walk or get teeth.  They like to observe and take their time with the next step.  When they are teething they will appear to be taking months to push a tooth through the gums.

  • head sweaters – their head is often sweaty while nursing or sleeping.
  • cradle cap
  • often have thrush as babies
  • they are not as weepy as the other remedies but their sleep will be greatly disturbed and they will need to nurse very often during the night.
  • will eat sand, chalk, pencils, paper
  • can get Belladonna fevers while teething – dry heat, radiating out from head, flushed with glazed eyes.

If none of these remedy descriptions fit your child then don’t despair – there are many  more! Please contact me for online consultations regarding the best match for your baby.

warmly

Piper

http://www.pipermartin.com

 

 

The Colicky Screamers

Babies under six months are making many discoveries.  They are growing and changing and expanding in every way possible.  Initially they are learning to breathe and eat in a rhythm that is comfortable so that they can digest and use the nutrients efficiently.  This seems easy to us but consider a few things ~

They are NEW

Babies have never eaten, breathed, been in outer world environments.  Think about the stimulation involved in just your average home – TV, music, cooking, dishwasher, dog barking, kids screaming, people talking, lights, smells, temperature changes etc. etc.

Now imagine a person with no filters or information to screen out this stimulation. Babies usually manage  this one of two ways – by crying or sleeping.

I feel like colic is a combination of these factors –

  • a difficult birth that has resulted in some mechanical aspects being misaligned such as the spine, skull and the jaw.  Chiropractic care is an excellent support in this matter.
  • an overly stimulating environment – this is something to really consider especially with a premature baby.  It is important to give the baby time to calm and feel peaceful before nursing or feeding.  It is then important to hold a steady, calm tone in the room while the baby is eating.  Giving them time to breath and focus, encouraging them and protecting them from distraction.  After they have nursed it is again important not to rush, immediately plunge back into a task or environment.
  • formula that is not being digested properly – unfortunately this is often the case for newborns and if you are not able to nurse then you will have to source out a formula that works for your baby’s body.  The best results I have seen are with homemade formulas – they are far superior to any commercially produced product and easy to make.

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Remedies for babies that react to stress in their guts ~

Nux vomica 200C – this is one of the most sensitive remedy states for babies.  Their mothers are usually incredibly busy and efficient people, working right up until their due date and craving an intense pace of life.  However, they have babies that cannot tolerate even leaving their bedroom without having a colic attack.  These babies overreact to light, noise and touch.  They start crying and cannot stop.  They are babies with a very small window of tolerance so if the conditions are not to their liking they have a big reaction very quickly.  What they want is quiet, slow, gentle touch, lots of space – they prefer to sleep in their own beds and a minimum of people interacting with them.

Mag Phos 200C – Mag Phos is specifically sensitive to arguments and discord in the home.  If there is a lot of tension between family members or if there has been a blow up, then the Mag Phos baby will get a stomach ache.  Since there are as many receptors for emotion in the gut as there are in the brain, this makes perfect sense.  Babies have emotion and respond to the feeling in their environment.  Mag Phos is a chilly remedy and cold can trigger their pain, they respond well to the colic hold – applying light pressure on the abdomen – carrying the baby over one arm.  They will also relax with heat, so warm baths, warm wrapping and warm rooms will help.

Lycopodium 200C – Lycopodium is a liver remedy, babies that need this have bloated, full, tight abdomens.  They are typically hit with pain between 4-8pm.  They are voracious nursers and often have the hiccups.  Once they are burped they improve but they do tend to cry often, waking up from sleep is difficult for them and involves a lot of tears.  Lycopodium babies are not smiley, they do not want to be held by anyone but their mothers and they are irritable.

Colocynthis 200C – this remedy is for babies that draw up their legs in an attempt to bend double.  They scream in excruciating pain and like Mag Phos they are better from pressure and warmth.  If Mag Phos does not alleviate the pain try Colocynthis.

Chamomilla 200C – Chamomilla is one of the remedies most reactive and sensitive to pain in the materia medica.  They are aggravated after nursing and wake every hour throughout the night with pain.  The only thing that seems to relieve them is driving in the car or being constantly carried and bounced.  Nothing brings relief for very long, they are shriekers and will scream, get overheated and start reacting to everything including touch or any comfort the parents try to offer.

To set up a personal consult for your baby please visit my website – http://www.pipermartin.com

warmly

Piper

 

Remedies to Heal from Circumcision

I know that some babies experience circumcision and I want to suggest a few remedies that can ease pain and speed the healing process.  I would suggest nursing the baby ASAP after the procedure, for emotional comfort, the healing dimensions of breast milk and pain relief.

In addition to breast milk I suggest that you tell the baby what is happening both before and after the surgery.  For the mothers, please make sure this is a choice you and your partner have made together.

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Remedies that are specifically indicated for healing this type of delicate tissue:

  • Staphysagria 200C – 2 pellets twice a day for three days
  • Bellis 200C – 2 pellets twice a day for three days
  • Hypericum 200C – 2 pellets twice a day for three days
  • Arnica 200C – 2 pellets twice a day for three days.
  • Aconite 1M for mothers and babies that are nervous or frightened.  2 pellets before the procedure.

If you need guidance please consult with me, I am available via email through my website at http://www.pipermartin.com.

 

Remedies for Crying Babies – Newborns

I am going to do a little series on remedies for crying babies because after working with babies for many years I think there are a wide variety of reasons babies express themselves in this way.

Today I would like to focus on the very newborn babies.  The first thing I am curious about is the birth experience.  This type of crying may well have to do with pain from a difficult birth and it is VERY important to look into this with a pediatric chiropractor or a osteopath that has experience working with babies.

Rough handling of the head, neck and jaw can lead to pain and distress for newborns.  In order to nurse effectively they must turn their necks freely and be able to open their jaw wide to latch.  If they have had vacuum, forceps or cesarean delivery then it is very possible that they will need some supportive care to address the mechanical misalignment.

smiling tiny babe

It is a difficult process to go through when mothers and babies are newly postpartum but you may find care providers that will be willing to do home visits, just ask.  This is an excellent reason to set up care before  you have a baby so that these relationships are established and that extra work will not have to be done during the postpartum.

Remedies to support Newborn Happiness!

Aconite 1M

  • babies that shriek with their eyes, jaw and fists tightly clenched
  • the crying starts and ends abruptly
  • only a very calm person can soothe these babies
  • babies that have had anything shocking or frightening happen during pregnancy, birth or postpartum.  This might include losing a twin, a maternal hemorrhage, placental abruption etc.  Life and death situations.
  • babies that had a very precipitous birth
  • babies born into a room with a lot of fear and expectation that their lives were in danger – premature babies, multiple  births, mothers with HELP.
  • babies born with shoulder dystocia
  • babies born via cesarean, especially if it is was an “emergency” cesarean.

Pulsatilla 200C

  • babies that are weepy unless they are being held and cuddled
  • babies that cannot EVER be in a room alone
  • babies that were separated from parents at birth and beyond
  • babies that must go into care
  • babies with desire to always be touching their mothers, nurse for hours because they prefer that special connection.
  • breech babies –

Nux vomica 200C

  • babies that are overly sensitive to light, sound, touch and smell
  • babies that react with shrieking and crying for hours once they start crying
  • babies that cannot tolerate ANY stimulation as newborns – even leaving their bedroom makes them upset – no guests, no extra noise, light or touch
  • colicky type reactions in babies due to stimulation
  • crying may be relieved by QUIET environments and swaddling to soothe the nervous system
  • this may be a baby going through withdrawal

Please visit my website – http://www.pipermartin.com for information about online consulting, educational opportunities and e-books! As always I welcome your questions, comments and feedback.

warmly,

Piper

 

 

 

Breech Babies ~ the TURN!

Pulsatilla – the windflower~ is blooming right now.  Early spring is the time that this plant blooms and moves with the wind and rain of the season.  Pulsatilla is a remedy that is very common to see as a remedy state in pregnancy and in children.

pulsatilla

Pregnancy

Pulsatilla is the remedy to remind a breech or transverse baby that the most anatomically correct way to be born is in an anterior, vertex position.  This may not be the case for all babies, I do think there are babies that do just fine being born breech.  But for those that can change the position safely, Pulsatilla creates the gentle reminder and the mother and baby create a more optimal fetal position together.

This happens within 24 hours of taking a single dose of Pulsatilla 200C and quite often the mother is not aware of it happening.  I have clinically seen this occur up to the 39th week of pregnancy.

This is a safe option to explore.  The remedy will only work if the change of position is to the advantage of the baby.  If the cord is too short or tangled to make the switch, nothing will happen.  If the placement of the placenta will be compromised by a move, then again, the baby will not turn.  Homeopathy is safe because it ONLY works with the body, it can’t override the body.  It makes suggestions and the body can choose to respond or not.

Pulsatilla is also very helpful for:

  • morning sickness
  • fear of labour
  • jealousy in pregnancy
  • long first stage of labour that stops and starts
  • indecisive about planning for birth

Childhood Pulsatilla

Baby

A Pulsatilla baby is usually born to a Pulsatilla mother.  These babies will strongly prefer to  be carried every moment, mainly by their mothers.  They need a lot of attention, tending, adjusting and adapting on the part of  the mother.  They weep often but are quickly consoled by cuddling.  They are changeable babies and very sensitive to being alone – even for a moment. You will observe all of these same characteristics present in the mother as well.

Child

  • thick, yellow discharges – eyes, nose or ears
  • remedy for chickenpox – still wants to snuggle despite the itching
  • thirstless – have to beg this child to take sips

Pulsatilla 200C is an appropriate dose for both pregnant women and children.  Please visit my website for more information.  I offer online consults, learning opportunities and ebooks on my site.  Thank you for reading and your feedback!

warmly

Piper

 

 

 

Homeopathy in Action….

Birth is taking a journey into the unknown. Birth is raw and women need to be supported by others who are invested in a positive experience,  no matter the outcome. I have had the support of Piper attending and using homeopathy throughout the births of both my children.

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At the birth of my daughter this decision was imperative in ways I could never have imagined. Her 23 hour labour culminated with an at home resuscitation attended by experienced midwives. I remember her long-awaited first cry, after Piper quickly introduced homeopathy to help with the shock to her system from this abrupt beginning into the world. I was also prescribed remedies for my bleeding which became excessive during the panic of the resuscitation. This allowed us to stay at home, mom and babe together. Piper’s skill and abilities to manage emergency situations through the use of homeopathy are invaluable. Her knowledge and experience are a true gift to all women who are lucky enough to be supported by her skill and amazing presence. Thank you Piper, for trusting in women’s bodies and the birth process. 

With love,

Ashley

~If you are looking for support, knowledge or training in using homeopathy for pregnancy, birth and beyond please visit my website – http://www.pipermartin.com. I welcome your questions.

 

Homeopathy in Action~

I am going to share a few heartfelt testimonials from women I have worked with over the years so that you can hear from a grassroots perspective how homeopathy can impact your life.

“I believe that homeopathy has kept my children and I both healthy and happy.  I found homeopathy after already delivering my son at the hospital, despite wanting and trying for a home birth.

For my next two pregnancies, I used homeopathy to battle all sorts of pregnancy related issues, from morning sickness, to nasal and sinus congestion, to turning a breech and then a transverse baby.  Homeopathy supported two home births following my son, and both home births were most lovely experiences I could have ever wished for.  With remedies, we were able to make my contractions more effective, relieve back labour, and promote milk supply.  Both my daughters were born in a warm, loving, quiet environment, surrounded by those who loved them and they thrived from the moment they were born.

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As my children grow and play, I find we are able to manage when we get sick with ease.  We use homeopathy to help heal bad bumps and bruises more quickly, to turn fevers around more quickly, and to avoid flu like symptoms (sniffles and coughs) from escalating into more serious issues like bacterial infections, such as ear or throat infections.  I believe with homeopathy, my children are vital, strong and healthy!”

Erin

Four steps to a gentle birth…

How you are born is a part of who you are.  If you are able to create the best possible birth experience for both you and your baby it will impact both of your lives forever.  How to set yourself up for a positive birth?

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  • Find Care Providers that you love.
  • Give birth in an environment that feels safe.
  • Create the time and space to greet your baby at the pace that  feels right for your family.
  • Build support postpartum to spend quiet, slow, meaningful time with your baby.

This baby’s face is filled with quiet wonder and I would love to see the world responding to these new people with the respect and intelligence they deserve.

love

Piper

Remedies for Tongue Tie Release

Babies and the treatment of newborns has always been my speciality.  Homeopathy is completely safe for babies, there are no side effects and you cannot do harm.  If you choose the wrong remedy the only thing that will happen is nothing.  If you choose the right remedy you will likely know immediately as babies are very vital, clear and responsive to the gentle stimulation of homeopathy.

 

cherrio face

Here is how to give a tiny baby a remedy:

Newborns

In a glass jar, put two pellets in 1/2 cup of water. Let the pellets dissolve. Give the baby a teaspoon of the mixture.  Store the water potency in the refrigerator.  Use as needed and then discard when you are finished.  A teaspoon = a dose.

Older babies

You can put pellets directly into their mouths, it is o.k. to touch them.  Do one pellet at a time.  They will roll them around and possibly spit them out but as long as they have held it in their mouths for even a small period of time the remedy will act.  Two pellets = a dose.

Arnica 200C and Hypericum 200C  are the remedies and the potencies you want to give for pain after a tongue tie release.  Give each remedy twice a day for three days following the procedure.  The combination of your magical breast milk and these two homeopathics will speed healing and provide comfort.

I highly recommend using Hahnemann Labs in Berkeley, California – http://www.hahnemannlabs.com for your homeopathic supplies, their remedies are in poppyseed format and are perfect for babies and children, as well as being of extremely high quality. They are the best!

If you have more questions on using homeopathy for yourself or your babies please email me, I provide email consultants for big and small.

Piper

http://www.pipermartin.com

 

BOOSTing your Spirits and your Milk Supply…

The best way I know to boost your milk supply is to go to bed with your baby.  I know, I know – almost every woman I know will say – I Can’t DO that! I have other children, laundry, cooking, cleaning, work, things to do!! But it’s not really the things to DO – it’s that most women have NEVER and I mean NEVER just spent time relaxing and focusing on one thing.  Now the funny part of this is, is that the one thing that needs focusing on,  is keeping another human alive, but still – it seems like that just isn’t enough!

So it is up to us,  as women,  to take this whole concept of breastfeeding up a notch.  We are keeping another human alive with our breast milk.  This requires:

  • tucking into bed with your baby skin to skin
  • fluids
  • good food
  • support and a feeling of safety
  • a mind that believes what you are spending time doing is THE most important thing.

Yes, you can pull off nursing while doing a million other things but why? Will this time come around again? Will it really matter if there is a small window of time in which your house is not the cleanest and you aren’t on top of your email?

Get the whole family into the quiet, postpartum welcome for this babe – teach your children how to experience this transition gently and softly.

sis and babe

If and when you have honestly gone to bed for three weeks, you have rested, chilled out, drank a ton of water, eaten all the offerings of everyone you know, accepted support and allowed yourself to indulge in nursing to its fullest – IF then you still feel like you need help boosting your supply – consult with me.  There are many homeopathic remedies to encourage your body and your mind towards this possibility.  But try the bed first.

For more information on milk supply, mastitis, interrupted breastfeeding or any issues on keeping babies alive and thriving! please visit my website – http://www.pipermartin.com