Convulsions Caused by Teething
This article explores the natural treatment of convulsions, where the exciting cause is dentition. Natural home practices and homeopathic remedies are presented and explained, as to help parents to restore their children from seizure.
Many Infants Are Predisposed to Convulsions
It is a consequence of their natural anatomical and physiological peculiarities. At this young age the relative volume of the brain and nerves is greater than at any other period of life; this is especially valid for the ganglions. The circulation of the blood is approaching 120 pulsations in a minute, while those of the adult average about 75. There might also be hereditary factors which could predispose certain feebleness.
The infant organism is therefore highly susceptible to all external impressions, whether mental or physical. Convulsions may attack infants and children of all ages, and are almost always attended with more or less danger.
The causes are numerous. Some of them may lie with the mother: where the mother had suffered shock, or fright, or strong emotion before the delivery; or where labor had been protracted or complicated; labor may also cause seizures in the child. Convulsions may be caused by shame, anger, or fright of the child; or by tight bandaging, excessive emotion – joyful or not; loud sudden noise, sudden exposure to a bright light, hot impure air, severe cold, dentition, suppressed eruption, a bruise on the head… And there are also some serious diseases that may cause convulsions and spasms; such is the inflammation of the brain and in fact most of the childhood diseases.
High fever is frequent cause for seizure.
The appearance of the child during the spasm or convulsion is frightful. But there is no time for panic: it is indispensable that parents keep presence of mind and act quickly, which may be for saving the life of their child; especially when medical attention is delayed.
General Symptoms of Seizure
In mild cases of convulsions it is mostly the face affected, showing slight twitching of muscles and distortion of one or both eyes. Only one limb or one half of the body may be convulsed, followed by the other half, or alternatively jerking.
In severe attacks are affected all the limbs, together with the muscles of the face; respiration becomes impeded and difficult. The eyes are wide opened, goggled, distorted, rolling in various directions; the eyelids open and shut involuntary; the tongue is protruded, or alternately elongated and contracted; the mouth foams, hands are firmly clenched, the limbs violently jerked or tossed about; and the face and head, which are often red at the beginning of the seizure, assume a dark or purple hue towards the conclusion, as also, at times, the entire surface of the body.
As the attack subsides, the convulsive movements become less violent and rare, and the muscles gradually relax. Sometimes a quiet sleep follows, accompanied by a copious perspiration; at other times, the paroxysm is succeeded by a secondary state of great weakness and apathy, and indifference.
Natural Treatments for Restoration
You have to act swiftly in order to restore the child. Immerse immediately the child into warm water for 5-10 minutes, until the paroxysm subsides. The water should be almost hot, as far as it would be possible to be borne, for best effect. Wipe the baby in a dry warmed up towel and wrap him a warm blanket. If after the local bath and the warm wrapping there is no relief, put the feet of the child into the water up to the knees, and at the same time pour a small stream of cold water on the vertex, until child is restored from seizure. If necessary, alternate the procedures till complete restoration.
If medical attention is not rendered, or if homeopathic remedies are not at hand, prepare water with 10 % camphor spirit and apply it to the nostrils of the child shortly, for an instance; but not too frequent or too long at a time – and see a physician as soon as possible.
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