It is very important to have certain homeopathic remedies at home; not only for seizures, but the most common childhood diseases and accidents. Prescribe the remedies by yourself only when qualified homeopathic practitioner is not obtainable; in particular cases, careful application of some remedies may be necessary. You have to obtain good knowledge of the remedies before prescribing them yourself. If that is not the case, you’d better make for a physician to attend the child.
Read carefully the description of remedies bellow and take notice of what distinguish them from one another. Before giving homeopathic remedy, always observe what caused the seizure and bear in mind the circumstances before the attack. Those circumstances and the exciting cause should be removed, if possible.
Avoid every excitement, keep the child perfectly quiet, and free from every disturbing influence of light, noise or presence of people.
The need of Bell is usually found in plethoric and stout children, inclined to talk much. Bell is acute complementary remedy to the constitutional type of Calcarea carbonica. This means that children of this type often fall in acute conditions that require Bell; and Bell pulls them out from the seizure really fast.
Fit: Starts unexpected, usually at night, during sleep. The child starts suddenly while sleeping, as if from frightful dream, stares about wildly, the pupils are much enlarged, the whole body or single limbs become stiffly convulsed, the forehead and hands are dry and burning, and occasionally there follows clenching of the hands and involuntary urination. The attacks may recur from the least touch. This is key symptom of Bell – the grave aggravation from touch; touch is unbearable; the sensations are extremely intense. Sometimes spasms are preceded or attended by smiles or laughter.
When the convulsion is followed by comatose sleep, accompanied by impeded or irregular respiration and coldness of the body, Bell is well followed by Opium.
Chamomilla (Matricaria recutita)
Cham is remedy for nervous children who have extreme sensitiveness and peevish, fretful irritability; they show sudden bursts of anger, throw their toys, want to be carried but this only quiets them for a while.
Paroxysm: the child is capricious, restless, and disposed to great sleepiness during the day. The eyes become half closed, one cheek is red, and the other is pale. The child is moaning for water; the seizure occurs with twitches of the eyelids and of facial muscles, with contortions of the eye-balls, with jerks and convulsions of the arms and legs, with clenched thumbs, while the head is constantly rolling from side to side.
Bell and Cham are complementary to each other. If Bell does not promptly suppress the convulsion, it will manifest the symptoms so that after reassessment of the condition all the symptoms shall point to Cham. It happens so that alteration of both remedies helps where the one of both of them had failed.
Ign is acute remedy, complementary and often applied to children of the constitutional type Natrium muriaticum. It is important remedy, suitable to pale and delicate infants. They have melancholic temperament and have tame disposition, alternating with irritability. These children often fall into hysterical conditions of vivacity or sadness, or both, and they are seen to laugh and cry at the same time.
Characteristics of the seizure: while resting in a light nap, the children suddenly and repeatedly become flushed with burning heat, followed by quick awakening; they jump out of bed with a convulsive start. In this moment nothing sooths them, the excitement grows, a tremor seizes the entire body, accompanied by violent crying or agonizing shrieks, and the muscles of single limbs become convulsed. The remedy is indicated when the seizure recurs periodically, at regular hours or every day. The attack is followed by fever and perspiration.
It is especially suitable for puny, thin children with difficulties in nutrition, and having different complaints about their glands. They are weak and emaciated, sometimes as a result of long standing disease. They are painfully sensitive to motion and to company of other people.
Very irritable children, often suffering from worms; they cry when looked at, and are very sensitive to touch of others. Convulsions may occur between during the first or between first and second teething periods, and may be caused by teething and (or) by worms. Children usually suffer from night enuresis.
Distinctive symptoms of the attack: spasms of the breast, then of the limbs, and finally paleness and rigid stiffness of the entire body.
Ars is important remedy for spasms of dentition. The child is irritable and restless, cries for something and when offered rejects it. Dentition is accompanied by insatiable thirst, diarrhea of indigested food, tosses about at night and falls in a short restless sleep in the early morning.
The paroxysm recurs frequently. The child cries, stretches its feet out, and hands convulsively backward; then throws his hands about and rolls over with violent shrieks; alternates his position, convulsively bending forward with clenched fingers and extended thumbs. All efforts to allay the child lead to irritation and the child attempts to strike and bite those around him.
Spasms occur together with the appearance of each tooth and progress to violence. Burning heat of the skin, violent bounding pulse, spasmodic twitches of the muscles of the face, eyes and neck; and involuntary evacuations of stool and urine during the seizure.
All remedies work best in water solution, given in the intervals between the attacks and repeated, until restoration is achieved. After the acute condition is mastered, it is important to put the child under constitutional homeopathic treatment, to avoid such conditions to occur ever again in the future.