Why Acute illness is GOOD, really, really GOOD.

Imagine you are a little kid that spends much of your time in the company of your family, in your familiar home and in a routine that is built mainly around you.  To make the transition to a daycare or school requires all kinds of new neurological pathways to evolve and as this happens, children get sick.

Every sight, smell and sensation is unknown in this environment – new care providers, new companions, new food, new touch, new rules, new pace, new ideas –

Children do not mentally hold their stress, they are experts at discharging and will blow all that overload out via mucus, fever, skin rashes, vomit, diarrhea, sweat.  They let it go physically as they adapt and thrive mentally/emotionally.  You can try to ease these transitions in all the ways you know how,  but there is just inevitably growth.  Growth and change are reflected in the body and as parents you need ways of allowing it.

bed in the forest

Homeopathy allows the change, supports the mental/emotional expansion and does not suppress the discharge.  Think of all the suppressants we use on ourselves and our children – in the form of creams, ointments, deodorants and decongestants.  If we allowed our bodies to just do what they are inclined to do – would our level of health change?

You can model this way of being in your body to your kids – take time off when you feel ill, offer yourself comfort and enjoy the mental/emotional relief of having some time to integrate fresh experiences.  Use homeopathy if you feel the illness is out of proportion or stuck in a particular phase.

I offer online and in person consultations and free homeopathic inductions.  Please visit my website to access my services – http://www.pipermartin.com

warmly

Piper

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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.

alert babe

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 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

 

 

 

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

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Aversion to your Companion?

Aversion to your husband or wife during pregnancy is a common experience.

It makes sense that a lot of things need to get worked out with a partner during pregnancy. How safe you feel with a person really gets sorted out when you have a baby.

You transform your body, your identity, your ability to work and usually your perspective on the entire world.

Can your partner keep up with this, match it and find the language to support you?

kissing-parents

Your ideas of how to be a “good” mother and life partner really also get aired out.  All the old beliefs and expectations come to the surface and you will have the opportunity to decide if they suit the current version of yourself.

Even though you won’t think you can – go OUT, exercise, have a laugh with friends.

Sleep together, take your moments when you can get them.

Get each other food and drinks, let each other sleep in.  Once in awhile let each other be alone in the house.

Allow yourself a full year to make this transition with your partner, remind yourself that you are finding your way together.  It will be necessary to do this every time you have a baby.

Try to be compassionate and gentle with yourself and your companion.   Your children will appreciate it and you will look back on the journey as an interesting time you weathered together.

Please share your insights and if you have further curiosity about homeopathy please check out my website: http://www.pipermartin.com

Piper

 

Silicea – Vaccination Support – Absorption of Nutrients – Strong Healthy Babes

cutie pie

Silicea is a remedy that is incredibly useful in treating newborns.  It comes in both potentized form and tissue salt form and both have their place in newborn care.

Failure to Thrive

Silicea is a wonderful remedy in a baby that has been called failure to thrive.  This means the baby is not gaining weight or moving forward in a way that is satisfying to the care providers.  This can happen in both formula fed and breastfed babies.  The food is going in but the little body is not absorbing the nutrients.  Silicea will facilitate this process.  It asks the body to take in the nutrients being offered and use them effectively.

Constipation

Silicea constipation is very obvious – it looks like thick icing.  That is if it comes out at all – the other homeopathic term used to describe a Silicea bowel movement is “bashful stool”.  Basically there is a lot of skid marks in the diaper but no formed stool.  When it does emerge it is thick like icing.

The Silicea Picture 

Silicea babies are typically very fine featured, have large heads and sweaty little feet.  They are sensitive and aware but will often appear yielding, this is the tricky thing about them.  They seem like they are content but they have strong feelings and are one of the most stubborn remedies that exist.  They like things done a certain way – how food is presented, their sleep rituals, how they are being held etc. But they aren’t screamers like Nux vomica babies – they just refuse to move forward unless things are their way.  Changes have to be approached slowly with this baby – the key word is assimilation – you have to allow time and a slow pace for any assimilation to occur.

Change

In older children the resistance to change is very obvious – change of season requiring change of clothing and shoes, a move, a dietary change, change in the family dynamic.  These will all be met with varying degrees of resistance and there is no resistance like a mineral remedy resistance.  They can settle in for the long haul – they just simply need the time and information to take it in and make it their own.  They like to observe before they jump in, have time to think and discuss, they are not flexible when it comes to new things so work that into your planning.

Vaccination Support

Silicea is constitutionally averse to anything going into their bodies, they don’t particularly like touch, they will react to having their hair cut, nails trimmed and to any invasive physical process.  This includes vaccination, they are one of the most common remedies I see having a vaccination reaction.  It is offensive to them and the resistance will get much worse after a vaccine.  I know the mental/emotional aspects of vaccination reactions are not something that is normally discussed but the nature of my work allows me to observe this part of humans – as well as the physical responses.  It is also one of the reasons I urge parents to consider waiting until they have a true sense of their child before vaccinating.  A symptom such as an increase in resistance is a big deal in life but difficult to assess in a baby.

Dosage

Silicea can be given initially in tissue salt form – especially if it is for a physical concern such as constipation.

Silicea 200C is the potency I tend to use for constitutional prescribing in babies and children.

I am offering email consultations via my website – http://www.pipermartin.com if you would like specific guidance in using this remedy for your family.