No parent is perfect, but we all do our best to soothe the bumps and discomforts of everyday life.
The other day I looked away from my adventurous eight-month-old for a moment. When I looked back, she’d tumbled to the floor and a bright red lump was forming on her forehead. My first impulse was to feel guilty. The second was to reach for the homeopathic Arnica ointment—of the two, a more useful reaction. After receiving a hug and a smear of the gel, my daughter went back to exploring and the bump receded, leaving only the hint of a bruise behind.
No parent is perfect, but we all do our best to soothe the bumps and discomforts of everyday life. It’s a relief to know that homeopathy offers a variety of remedies to assist us. These medicines are completely nontoxic, carry no risk of drug or supplement interactions, and are easy to administer. They’re safe for use with infants and small children too. Here are a few homeopathic medicines that caregivers may be glad to have on hand.
The Complete Homeopathic Resource for Common Illness by Dennis Chernin, MD, MPH ($29.95, North Atlantic, 2006)
“Homeopathic Treatment of Upper Respiratory Tract Infections in Children” by N. M. Ramchandani, Complement Ther Clin Pract, 5/10
“Parents’ Guide to Children’s Health Through Homeopathy,” National Center for Homeopathy,www.nationalcenterforhomeopathy.org
“The Use of Homeopathic Products in Childhood” by E.A. Thompson et al., J Altern Complement Med, 1/10