It is a valuable remedy for aphthous sore mouth, aphthous stomatitis or thrush. The aphthae are seen on the inside of the cheeks, on the tongue and in the fauces. They bleed easily on nursing or on touch, the mouth is hot and tender and the child cries on nursing. Characteristic indication for Borax is aphthous stomatitis where the mucous membrane and the palate look shriveled, as if burnt.
Pain aggravates by chewing. The aphthae are bleeding when eating. They prevent the infant from nursing, causing it to turn away from the breast and scream. The gums of the nurslings are white and it refuses to nurse. The mouth of the baby is felt hot at the mother’s nipple.
With the aphthae, nursing infants happen to have diarrhea. The stools are mucous, light yellow or green, usually preceded by colic. The elder children suffer from diarrhea after eating fruits.
The diarrhea can appear during dentition, from sudden noise, in warm weather, in the morning. The anus is painful, with aphthae which cause bleeding from the anus, or with painful internal hemorrhoids. The rectum is burning during and after stool. There could be urging for stool before urination. Borax is prescribed for complaints from roundworms in children.
The urine is hot and smarting, burning, causing the child to scream before urinating. Urine has strong, pungent odor. There is frequent urging to urinate, in the course of 15 minutes, but the child is afraid to pass urine retains it as long as possible. The pain on urinating is such that child cries out of fear before urinating; the nervous sensitivity may almost lead to convulsions when the necessity to urinate is felt. Borax has cured convulsions before urination.
Frequent urination at night, seldom during the day; ineffectual urging, smarting in the urethra after urinating; cystitis in children suffering from stomatitis, accompanied by little red particles left in the diapers. Red sediment in the urine (Lyc). Children may suffer from incontinence in bed.
Eyes lashes turn inward toward the eye and inflame it. Blepharitis with much soreness of the lids and agglutination at night and in the mornings. The margins of lids are very red (Sulphur). The eyelashes irritate the cornea.
There is constant inclination to blow the nose, coryza with scabs and crusts which reform when detached. Children are seen to bore their noses with fingures. The discharge from nose is greenish, hard, dry; or mucous, thick and viscid. The inside of nose is felt dry at night and that prevents the child from sleep. The nostrils are obstructed at night. The tip is red. There are ulcers inside.
Borax is to be thought of in erysipelas of the face, with a feeling of a cobweb or as if the white of an egg had dried on the face. The face is pale, with herpes or vesicle eruptions around the mouth. The expression on the face is anxious, especially on downward motion.
The hair becomes tangled or matted. It is light, fair, soft, splits and tangles easily.
Generalities and ModalitiesInfants with pale face refuse to eat or have little appetite and little gain in weight; after birth-trauma. Young women with shining red noses. General chilliness but heat in or of single parts. Heat in mouth, vagina, palms of hands. Hot head of nervous, crying infants. Desire for open air, but aggravating from cold air. Appetite decreased or missing. Thirst increased or extreme, after sweating, after sleep, before chill, during chill.Eating of fruit aggravates. Stomach pain after fruit. Diarrhoea after fruit. Aggravates during sleep, from riding on the cars, at the seashore.Worse from downward motion, from sudden noises, from wine, fruits, salty and sour food, in the morning and before urinating.
Better from pressure and walking in open air.