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

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The Homeopathic Babe – Crying and Shrieking, Teething and Pain

The next remedy in my remedy series for babies is Chamomilla.

Echte Kamille (Matricaria recutita)
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Chamomilla is a remedy that is extremely sensitive and reactive to PAIN.

Chamomilla babies react to pain by SHRIEKING.

They are CAPRICIOUS – unable to figure out what they need or want.  They seem to want to be held but MUST BE MOVING! They might want to nurse but pull off shrieking every 2 minutes, want a toy then fling it away etc.

WORSE FROM TOUCH – the last thing a Chamomilla baby wants is your finger in their mouth.  This will make them angry and the shrieking will increase.  They are sensitive to pain and touch definitely aggravates the sensations.

FACE will have one red cheek.

Chamomilla can be used for anything causing pain in which the person is reacting as I have described above.  With regard to babies this usually occurs during teething and ear infections.

What will Chamomilla do?  Ease the pain and allow them to SLEEP.

Try 2 pellets of Chamomilla 1M one time.  If it works then just leave it alone, if it works then wears off you can give another dose.  If it doesn’t change anything then you have the wrong remedy.  If you thought it was Chamomilla but it didn’t work then the next remedy to consider would be either Nux vomica or Coffea.  More on those remedies in upcoming posts.

There are teething “combinations and formulas”  available at the health food store.  If those work it is because one of the remedies in it is the remedy your baby needs.  If you can figure out which one it is and give it in a higher potency in a single dose it will have a much more dynamic and lasting effect.

If you have specific questions on homeopathy and babies please take a look on my website at my e-book – The Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy which contains a section on newborn and baby homeopathic care.  My website –