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Homeopathy for Baby
May 25, 2012
Explore the benefits of homeopathy for baby and how to help soothe issues such as colic, earaches and teething. Dr. Molly Punzo has integrated homeopathy into her practice for over 15 years, is a board member of the National Center for Homeopathy and a consultant for Hyland’s Homeopathy.

Homeopathy helps balance the body and can be beneficial both pre- and postnatal:
  • Homeopathic medicines work in such a way that infinitesimally small amounts of natural substances are introduced into the body and stimulate the body to heal itself.
  • By working with the body and not against it, homeopathy is gentle, rapid, and healing and can be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
  • Homeopathy has been used all over the world for more than 250 years, has an impressive research base, and is growing in use because people are searching for more natural solutions.
According to Dr. Molly Punzo, homeopathic remedies to help with colic and sleep include:
  • For colic, Chamomile prepared homeopathically in a small medicated globule or fast-dissolving tablet can be placed directly into the baby’s mouth, in their milk or a tiny amount of water.
  • Calcarea Phosphorica can also be used to calm or Aconite is a remedy that is calming when the baby or child is extremely anxious.
  • Confirm with your doctor that colic is what the baby has before self-treating and make sure to watch the baby after putting the homeopathic remedy in their mouth.
  • Homeopathic medicines work within minutes and often the baby will start to relax and even fall asleep within a short period of time.
Single and combination homeopathic remedies can be beneficial for ears and teething:
  • For earaches, Belladonna, Pulsatilla or Chamomile will work in the majority of situations.
  • With teething and insomnia, Calcarea Phosphorica is a calming and soothing option that helps the baby to relax and fall off to sleep.
  • Combination remedies have a wider variety of remedies within one formula and generally will contain one of the remedies that is the most suited to give relief.
Dr. Punzo recommends the following guidelines for new parents:
  • The most important ways to keep children healthy are through diet, plenty of sleep, and a loving home environment with opportunities for learning.
  • The first few years are truly the most important in developing self-esteem, healthy bodies and healthy minds.
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Nikki - Communi... says ...

@SERGEY - We offer homeopathic remedies as a resource to shoppers who wish to use them because they are safe, not harmful and believed by many to be effective.
June 10, 2014

Sergey says ...

Homeopathic medicine has been dismissed by scientific research as ineffective for any condition. It is however not harmful to take, except to your bank account, so if you feel you have to use it, please use it in conjunction to REAL medicine. Especially when it comes to young children. The homeopathy isle is the reason I cannot go to Whole Foods anymore. I cannot give money to a shill for charlatans and quacks. Stop selling FAKE medicine to parents!
June 10, 2014

Marlene Swan says ...

for mel and Elian
October 30, 2013

Takashi Kitahara says ...

Thank you for a great podcast! I am so glad homeopathic remedies are becoming more mainstream.We provide <a href="http://www.japaneseacupunctureclinic.com.au/contact.php">Homeopathic Supplies </a> in our clinic. There are numerous people who got benefitted by our weight loss programs.
July 15, 2013

Anna G says ...

We have used homeopathic remedies for teething but I LOVE finding the info on ear aches! Great resource!
June 7, 2012

R Hicks says ...

Lots of great information and tips. THanks!
June 7, 2012

Terri Bollin says ...

Little know facts....thanks
June 7, 2012

Lindsey Gain says ...

We use a lot of homeopathic remedies for our little ones, especially teething tablets and cold tablets. They work so well. Excited to have the info on Chamomile!
June 6, 2012

shauron says ...

This is great!! I actually thought about doing something like this but did not know if I could. Now I know that it can be done and it actually is called something (that it actually exists).
June 6, 2012

mary gardner says ...

i didn't know that Chamomile could help with ear aches - thank you!
June 6, 2012

lisa says ...

Great podcast. Thank you!
June 6, 2012

Cindy says ...

chamomile is great
June 6, 2012

Kathlean Owens says ...

I really wish I knew this information when my kids were little! BUT NOW GRANDBABIES!!!!
June 6, 2012

Jesselyn A/Jess... says ...

I have used and trusted homeopathic remedies ever since I had Mono in high school and a good friend's mother was a licensed/certified Homeopathic Doctor (and MD): she treated me and changed my life forever using homeopathic treatments as well as other natural remedies. I not only recovered with remarkable speed but emerged healthier and stronger and learned a great deal about "alternative medicine." Not all "natural" remedies are created equal and all should be approached with caution and quality information. But Homeopathy is not some trend or gimmick - it is a very old, widely respected, scientifically sound and I believe with my whole heart SAFE alternative to most OTC and many prescription remedies. As this video explains, these natural remedies ARE safe enough for a baby. Chamomile should be a staple in every household. Calcarea Phosphorica, Belladonna and Pulsatilla are a must if you have a baby or young children in your home. In my experience they are MUCH safer AND more effective than the medicines you see on TV and lining the shelves of most pharmacies!
June 5, 2012

Jennifer says ...

I'm so thankful to have this information. This is exactly what I've been looking for. Thank you so much.
June 5, 2012

melissa k says ...

I have always been skeptical of natural remedies, but this makes me a little more open to it.
June 5, 2012

Theresa says ...

Do you have any suggestions for eczema on a 4 month old? I'd much rather use homeopathic medicine but do not know where to begin. I have tried Florasone but that does not work at all in comparison to hydrocortisone.
June 5, 2012

Dee says ...

Natural remedies are usually the best way to go. I agree and appreciate the information provided in this podcast!
June 3, 2012

julie says ...

I always try homeopathic before meds! Thanks for the info.
June 3, 2012

Jessie C. says ...

Great information here. I'm glad to learn Chamomile can help with earaches
June 3, 2012