Author: Dr. Rajeshwari Yadav

Embracing a Gentle Path: Homeopathy for Gut and Skin Health in Autism

Introduction:

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can bring about various challenges like trouble with social interactions and communication. Lately, researchers have been looking into the link between ASD, tummy issues, and heightened sensitivities. Homeopathy, known for its personal touch, is becoming a promising avenue to support children with ASD.

The Gut-Brain Connection:

The “gut-brain axis” is like a two-way street connecting our tummy and brain. For kids with ASD, studies show they might have tummy troubles, hinting at a connection between gut health and ASD.

The intricate relationship between the gut and the brain, often referred to as the “gut-brain axis,” is a fascinating and complex interplay that significantly influences overall health. This communication network operates bidirectionally, meaning that signals travel back and forth between the gut and the brain, impacting various physiological and psychological processes.

In the context of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), researchers have been particularly intrigued by the potential implications of the gut-brain axis. Studies have consistently shown that individuals with ASD often experience gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms or, more colloquially, “tummy troubles.” These symptoms may manifest as issues such as abdominal pain, irregular bowel movements, or digestive discomfort.

The presence of these gastrointestinal symptoms suggests a possible connection between gut health and the manifestation of ASD. The bidirectional communication between the gut and the brain involves intricate pathways, including neural, hormonal, and immunological components. Disruptions or imbalances in these pathways could potentially contribute to both the gastrointestinal symptoms and the characteristic features of ASD.

Understanding and exploring the gut-brain axis in the context of ASD opens up avenues for more targeted and holistic approaches to intervention. It highlights the importance of considering not only the neurological aspects of ASD but also the potential influence of gastrointestinal health on the overall well-being of individuals with ASD. This comprehensive perspective can guide healthcare professionals in developing more tailored and effective strategies to address the diverse challenges associated with ASD.

Leaky Gut and Sensitivities:

Some experts think there’s a link between “leaky gut” (when the gut lining gets a bit too permeable) and ASD symptoms. This might influence sensitivities, like skin problems and sensory issues, through a mix of brain, hormone, and immune factors.

let’s simplify this for a better understanding:

Think of the gut like a barrier, kind of like a protective wall in your child’s tummy. Now, sometimes, this wall can become a bit too permeable, almost like having tiny holes. We call this “leaky gut.” When this happens, things that shouldn’t normally pass through easily can sneak through these tiny holes.

Now, imagine these sneaky things creating a bit of chaos in the body’s team (the brain, hormones, and immune system). This team is usually great at working together, but when the gut is a bit leaky, it can throw things off.

So, what’s the result? This mix-up can sometimes show up in things like skin problems and sensory issues. Picture it as a ripple effect – the leaky gut might send signals that affect how the brain, hormones, and immune factors interact. This can influence how your child reacts to things around them, like certain textures or sounds.

Understanding this link helps us see that by addressing the “leaky gut” and helping the team work together better, we might also see improvements in things like skin and sensory sensitivities. It’s like fixing the wall to create a smoother and more comfortable environment for your child.

Gut Bugs and Homeopathic Help:

Changes in the gut’s tiny organisms, called microbiota, could be linked to ASD. Homeopathy aims to bring balance to the body’s vital force, possibly helping the gut bugs in a good way. Tailored homeopathic remedies can be designed to support each child’s unique needs and address tummy concerns.

Skin Hurdles and Sensory Sensitivities:

Kids with ASD often face sensory challenges, especially with clothes and skin contact. Homeopathy can step in to help with skin issues, considering individual sensitivities and reactions. Natural remedies, gentle and kind, can work alongside other approaches for overall well-being.

Homeopathy’s Personal Touch:

Homeopathy isn’t just about symptoms; it’s about treating the whole person—body, feelings, and thoughts. This way of working aligns perfectly with what each child with ASD needs. Homeopathic practitioners, like myself, look at everything, aiming to get to the root of the challenges.

Meet Dr. Rajeshwari Yadav, a skilled homeopath with almost more than a decade of experience in classical homeopathy. Beyond the basics, she specializes in tailoring unique homeopathic treatments for both children and adults, delving into the complexities of human psychology.

Dr. Rajeshwari earned her degree from Mumbai’s CCMP Medical College, later advancing her skills at the International Academy of Homeopathy in Mumbai and Allen College, England. With a master’s in clinical psychology and significant experience in special child cases at Sion Hospital, she brings a compassionate and well-rounded approach to healthcare.

Her commitment to excellence shines through collaborations with renowned doctors, offering comprehensive services for various health issues. Dr. Rajeshwari’s blend of classical homeopathy and deep psychology knowledge makes her a dedicated and impactful healthcare professional.

Conclusion:

Understanding the link between ASD, gut health, and skin issues can be complex, but homeopathy offers a gentle, personalized approach. As a qualified homeopath with 15 years of experience and additional qualifications in clinical psychology, I’ve had immense experience working with special children. I invite you to consider this path and consult with professionals, like me, who can offer personalized guidance. Bringing a holistic perspective into your child’s care may pave the way for a more tailored approach to meet their unique needs.

Exploring Holistic Solutions: Homeopathy for Childhood Food Allergies

In the complex realm of childhood food allergies, where the immune system reacts adversely to specific food components, finding effective and safe solutions becomes paramount. This article delves into the classification, mechanisms, clinical manifestations, and common allergenic foods associated with childhood food allergies. However, our focus shifts to an alternative approach – homeopathy, offered by Dr. Rajeshwari and Dr. Shailesh, as a potential avenue for managing and treating these allergies.

Understanding Childhood Food Allergies:

Childhood food allergies are characterized by immune reactions to specific food ingredients, resulting in a range of symptoms. These can be classified based on the time interval between ingestion and symptom manifestation: immediate allergic responses occurring within minutes to hours and delayed responses manifesting up to 2-48 hours later.

Mechanisms of Food Allergy:

These allergies may arise from immunoglobulin E (IgE) or non-IgE mediated immune responses, often triggered by proteins acting as allergens in ingested foods. Genetic factors, such as a family history of allergies, contribute to the likelihood of a child developing allergies. The immature intestinal tract in infancy increases susceptibility, with many children outgrowing allergies, especially to common allergens like milk and eggs.

Clinical Manifestations:

Symptoms vary widely, encompassing systemic reactions like anaphylaxis and growth failure, respiratory issues, gastrointestinal problems, and cutaneous manifestations. Recognizing these symptoms is crucial for timely intervention.

Common Allergenic Foods:

Various foods can elicit allergic responses in children, ranging from vegetables like peanuts and fruits to animal sources like fish, eggs, and dairy products. Cow’s Milk Allergy (CMA) stands out as the most prevalent, presenting with diverse symptoms, including diarrhea, vomiting, skin issues(Eczema, Dermatitis), recurrent cough and cold and gastro-esophageal reflux.

Diagnosis and Management:

Accurate diagnosis involves evaluating anaphylactic reactions and adhering to established guidelines. Skin prick tests, serum IgE measurements, and atopy patch tests aid in diagnosis. Management includes eliminating allergenic foods from the diet, reintroducing them cautiously, and adopting preventive measures like wearing medical identification bracelets for extreme cases.

The Role of Homeopathy:

Dr. Rajeshwari and Dr. Shailesh advocate for homeopathic treatment, emphasizing its potential to address the root causes and predispositions associated with various food allergies. Homeopathic medicines are tailored to individual tendencies and can offer a holistic approach to managing adverse reactions.

Preventive Measures:

In addition to treatment, the article underscores the importance of preventive measures, such as educating parents, teachers, and caregivers, promoting breastfeeding as a primary strategy, and fostering awareness about allergic reactions.

Conclusion:

As we navigate the intricate landscape of childhood food allergies, exploring alternative approaches like homeopathy becomes integral. Dr. Rajeshwari and Dr. Shailesh offer a beacon of hope for parents seeking holistic and personalized solutions to manage and treat their children’s food allergies. By combining traditional wisdom with modern understanding, they pave the way for a comprehensive and patient-centric approach to wellness.

Headache In Children: Things You Didn’t Know

“ Head pain in children“???  Yes, you heard it right, many of us can’t imagine that children can get headaches too. Many parents don’t realize that their children are suffering from chronic headaches as children who are younger than 6 may not be able to describe the symptoms they are experiencing. 

About  20 percent of 5-year-olds and About 75 percent of teenagers get occasional head pain, these can be harmless and can be managed with the help of simple treatment and home remedies.

In this post, I will help you understand headaches in children, the types of headaches children can have, the possible causes of head pain and its symptoms, and treatment.

What is the treatment for childhood headaches?

The conventional medicines for headaches include medicines to control the pain and nausea and vomiting, which are effective to control the acute attack of pain and other symptoms but fail to control the recurrence of the attack. Sometimes the use of beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, sodium valproate, and antidepressant to control the frequency of attacks.

Our Pediatric Headache Approach

  • We have devised a unique treatment approach for children, under which detailed inquiry of children, current complaint, past medical history, along with physiological and psychological assessment with diet and lifestyle and day-to-day struggles of the child is taken into consideration. 
  •  Our approach is intended to manage the physiological changes, hormonal changes, and immunological defects which are making a child prone to recurrent headaches along with diet and nutrition consultation along with lifestyle modification to overcome the triggering factors like stress, anxiety, poor sleep, dietary errors.
  • Our approach has proved beneficial in reducing and controlling the inflammatory and autoimmune processes, which can cause neuroinflammatory changes which can lead to stimulation of the trigeminal nerve which can lead to migraine in children.
  • Our approach helps your child develop a better immune system, and helps reduce allergies and recurrent infections, thus promoting the child’s average growth.
  • This all is done with sweet tiny homeopathic oral medications which are without side effects and often children love to take homeopathic sweet pills.

Duration of treatment of headache

The duration of treatment depends on the duration of the child’s headache, its intensity, and the frequency of occurrence of complaint, usually it takes 6 months to 1 year, in a few cases it can take longer too, depending on the factors mentioned.

Common Causes of Headache In Children

It is believed that the contraction of scalp muscles repeatedly can cause head pain. Also if the pain sensors in blood vessels and tissues around them if activated can result in Neurochemical changes in the brain which can also cause head pain.

 The headache is commonly caused by  

  • inadequate or poor sleep.
  • Long screen exposure.
  • Environmental factors. 
  •  Common illnesses like colds, flu, and ear and sinus infections, can cause headaches.
  • Hormonal changes in teens can also cause chronic recurring headaches.
  •  Stress and anxiety, and depression in children can also trigger head pain.
  • Genetic predisposition. Headaches, particularly migraines, tend to run in families.
  • Certain foods and beverages like Nitrates, food preservatives, food additive MSG, and caffeine in soda, chocolates, and sports drinks can cause headaches.
  • Head injuries: Bumps and bruises can cause headaches. ,
  • A chronic headache that is severe and debilitating can be because by an underlying brain tumor or abscess or bleeding in the brain but is usually associated with visual problems, dizziness, and lack of coordination.

Complication of headache

  • Acute recurring headaches affect all aspects of a child’s functioning, leading to negative affective states like anxiety, depression, and anger.
  •  Recurring head pain can increase psychosocial problems, like school absencenties which can lead to poor grades in school and, problematic social interactions.

How to prevent headaches in children

  • Practice a healthy lifestyle, which includes taking adequate sleep, eating healthy meals and snacks, staying physically active, and drinking enough water.
  • Limiting screen time
  • Reducing stress in children can be as simple as difficulty in doing homework to strained relationships, checking if a child’s headaches are liked to any anxiety or depression, taking help from experts
  • Avoid food or drinks which trigger headaches in your child.

Nausea In School-Going Children

Does your child, complain of feeling sick or feeling sensations like throwing up frequently, this feeling is known as nausea. 

Throwing up is no fun for your child, and it’s worrisome, for you too, Watching your child in distress,  the thought of something that could happen like a terrible disease or something awful happening to your child is sufficient to raise your heartbeats and anxiety.

 Nausea may or may not result in vomiting. 

Your child may call it a sick feeling in the stomach, nausea is not a disease but a complex symptom that your child can experience in a variety of conditions.

Associated Symptoms In Children

Symptoms that often accompany nausea.  Some of the common ones among children.

  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sore throat

What is the common cause of nausea in children?                     

Here are a few common causes of nausea.

  • Food poisoning
  • Viral gastroenteritis ( stomach flu)
  • Food allergy
  • Abdominal migraine:- About 10% of school-going children suffer from abdominal migraine, as it is the most underdiagnosed condition in children
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)  
  • Anxiety nausea: some times stress, anxiety, or emotional distress can cause functional diarrhea in a child
  • Constipation
  • Indigestion (overeating
  • Medications: Drug-induced nausea is one of the most common side effects of medicines.
  • Peptic ulcers: They are often caused by infection from Helicobacter pylori bacteria
  • Kidney stones
  • Gallbladder disease: This condition occurs due to blockage of the bile duct, because of gall stones
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

When To Seek Help of  Doctor?

Seek immediate medical attention if your child experiencing red flag symptoms with nausea

  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Severe headache or stiff neck with fever
  • Confusion
  • Reduced alertness
  • Faster pulse or breathing
  • Jaundice
  • Low urine output
  • Blood in urine or stools or vomitus
  • If the child looks dehydrated.

Diagnosing The Cause Of Nausea In Children

There is no special investigation to diagnose nausea, but investigations are done for underlying disaeas conditions which can be causing nausea.

  • A detailed medical history of the child along with abdominal examinations.
  • Blood examination, stool, and urine test to diagnose any infection.
  • Ultrasound of abdomen
  • Colonoscopy is required if suspecting small or large intestine pathology 
  • CT scan and MRI 

Treatment of nausea 

  • The treatment of nausea depends on identifying the underlying cause.
  • For which the doctor needs a detailed medical history of the child.
  • Detailed physical examination, and abdominal examination, to assess the severity of symptoms.  
  • The milder symptoms do not require much intervention, many a time, it settles by themself.
  • But identifying the red flag symptoms on time saves a child from life-threatening conditions.
  • Conventional medicines used for treatment include Antimicrobials for the treatment of infectious diseases, Anti-inflammatory medicines, Antacids, H2 blockers, or proton-pump inhibitors for acid reflux, Antiemetic medications, prokinetics
  • Dietary changes in the case of IBS or food intolerance

 Homeopathic protocol in the treatment of nausea in children. 

  •  In Homeopathic management,  a detailed history of the child is taken into consideration, which includes the child’s overall development, present history complete psychological assessment which gives us the chance to take different, and hopefully better perspectives on children.
  • We can see that  “symptoms” are just the manifestation of a failure to cope with whatever has challenged or injured a child, and we can also come to under­stand  why a particular child develops a specific pattern of illness.
  • In children, it needs to understand their fear, anxiety, and unresolved conflicts, to rule out mild to serious medical and surgical complications.
  • Homeopathic management also helps in balancing the metabolism and correcting digestive errors—a combination of well-taken homeopathic case history with diet and lifestyle. 
  • Also,  it helps by improving the child’s immune system and can control the inflammatory changes that are initiated because of food intolerance, and chemical and medicine exposure.
  • Homeopathy helps to cure the child in the most gentle and helps in achieving a permanent cure.

How to prevent nausea in children?

  • Eating slowly, and proper chewing food
  • Avoiding hard-to-digest foods, like fried food, processed foods, artificial sweeteners, high carb dense foods
  • Eating small meals throughout the day instead of 2-3 large meals
  • If the child is experiencing nausea in the morning, give some crackers in the morning or high protein snack at the night.
  • Offer plenty of water

How to relieve nausea in a child?

  • Eat light, bland foods (such as saltine crackers or plain bread).
  • Avoid fried, greasy, or sweet foods.
  • Do not mix hot and cold foods.
  • Avoid activity after eating.
  • Avoid brushing your teeth after eating.
  • Can give ginger juice and honey to the child when nauseous,
  • Try fennel seed water with honey to reduce nausea.

Don’t Hold Back Your Sleep Disorder

In today’s world of fast pace, looking after a family, job, relationship,  distraction of social media and other responsibility, what I have observed we easily compromise our sleep to balance another part. We don’t need research to tell us that sleep is critical for brain function, but there’s plenty of it out there. We’ve all experienced groggy feeling, poor decision making and memory loss after a night of little or no sleep. 

What happens when a person doesn’t get enough sleep?

Studies have shown a clear relationship between sleep, food consumption, weight regulation, and metabolism.

people, who habitually sleep less than six hours per night are more likely to have a higher-than-average body mas index (BMI)? Researchers believe that this is because our bodies secrete hormones while we sleep that control appetite, metabolism, and glucose processing. Lack of sleep can wreak serious havoc on your insulin levels, put you at higher risk for diabetes, anxiety, and depression and worsen your PCOS symptoms, especially if you sleep less than five hours per night.

 

What causes sleep disorders?

 

  • Lifestyle choices:- Sleep is often the first thing to be sacrificed when we are overcommitted.

 

  • Disease and/or medical conditions: Many diseases and conditions make it difficult to sleep, either because you cannot get comfortable and relax or because they literally wake you, as in the case of sleep apnea. Often these diseases are caused, in part by sleep deprivation. Diseases such as coronary disease allergies cough, asthma, some chronic pain, depression, women by sleep deprivation, creating an unhealthy cycle.

 

  • Sleep apnea: If you snore loudly and wake with a dry mouth, headaches, or shortness of breath, and if your partner observes that you stop breathing during sleep, you should be tested for sleep apnea, Sleep apnea will worsen your insulin resistance and glucose processing.

 

  • Medication: Sleep disruption is a common side effect of many popular medications. 

 

  • Melatonin imbalance: Melatonin is a powerful hormone that regulates your circadian rhythm, the cycle of waking, and Sleep Disruption in its levels often results in sleep deprivation or unhealthy sleep patterns.

 

  • Cortisol imbalance: Your cortisol levels should naturally rise and fall. Ideally, they peak around 8 a.m. and drop off between midnight and 4 a.m. If you wake between 1 and 3 a.m. it may be because of low adrenal function and cortisol or inadequate glycogen reserves in the liver.

 

  • Strive to sleep seven to eight hours per night. Six hours seems to be the minimum amount of sleep the average person needs per night to function and be healthy. More than eight and a half to nine hours can also create metabolic issues. Here are some tips for getting a good night’s sleep

 

Measures to take for proper sleep 

 

  • Eat the right foods. Choose foods that promote sleep (potassium-rich fruit, dark leafy greens, turkey, whole grains), and avoid sleep-interfering foods (anything high in fat or sugar even natural sugars like berries). If blood sugar drops below 50 mg/dL at night, it can increase levels of adrenaline, glucagon, cortisol, and growth hormone, all of which can stimulate the brain. Eating a big meal before sleep is not a good idea either. Your body will be too busy digesting to focus on the restorative aspects of sleep, like detoxifying, regenerating cells, and reviving. If you must eat before bed, the best snacks contain both carbohydrates and protein. Legumes, nuts, and seeds are all good choices.
  • Support your adrenal glands. Although cortisol helps your body to adjust to perceived emergencies, chronic stress can lead to adrenal fatigue, a cortisol imbalance, and sleeplessness. Take steps to manage your stress during the day. Experiment with relaxation techniques, yoga, and daily movement.
  • Supplement with magnesium. Magnesium is the “relaxation mineral.” Leafy green veggies, oatmeal, pumpkin seeds, black beans, and almonds are all good sources of magnesium. You can also choose a high-quality supplement or take an Epsom-salt bath. Adequate magnesium doesn’t guarantee a good night’s sleep, but lack of magnesium will literally keep you up at night.
  • Boost your melatonin. Melatonin must have darkness to trigger activation (even if it is supplemented). Turn off lights and pull light-blocking shades. Turn off electronics at least an hour before bedtime.
  • Practice a sleep ritual. A sleep ritual is a crucial element for ensuring a good night’s sleep. Relax your body and mind for 30 to 60 minutes before bedtime to signal your body that it is time to sleep. It gives your mind time to settle so it isn’t racing and making “to-do lists” and helps your muscles to let go of the stress of the day. Try to go to bed at the same time each night. Turn off electronics at least an hour before bed, and practice letting the stresses of the day melt away. Repeat the same steps every night before bed, and your body will begin to go to sleep.
  • Cut back (or cut out) caffeine, stimulants, and sugar, especially after lunch. Don’t consume caffeine four to six hours before bed. This includes dark chocolate!
  • Avoid alcohol. Don’t drink alcohol for several hours before sleep. If you have a glass of wine to help you sleep, it will initially act as a sedative, but it disrupts REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, and you’ll wake up in the middle of the night when the alcohol is being metabolized.

 

  • Seek treatment if you have an underlying medical condition. A health-care professional can help you resolve sleep apnea, depression, or anxiety.



Conclusion:- sleep disorder is not deadly, but not taken due care it may lead to chronic diseases in long run with decreased productivity. In homeopathy, we take into detail understanding of root cause in case understanding and try to resolve it from within its source in order to avoid any further complication in the most sustainable and non-addictive medicine.

Is speech delay in a child is bothering you ?

In typical 12 months, a baby’s first words usually appear, and by 18 months to 2 years, children use around 50 words and will start putting two words together into a short sentence, By age 3, their vocabulary increases to about 1,000 words, and they are speaking in three- and four-word sentences.

If your toddler hasn’t met those milestones, they may have a speech delay. Developmental milestones help track your child’s progress, but they are just general guidelines. Children develop at their own rate. Just need to ASK these simple 2 questions,

1) Does the child hear normally?

2) Does the child answers the simple questions in different ways? Eg by pointing, or gesturing.

And if the answer to both of these questions is in the affirmative then your child could start speaking in a couple of months, it can be, just the child is among those late bloomers who are preparing to launch with boom!! 

A speech delay can also be due to hearing loss or underlying neurological or developmental disorder.

Tracking speech development milestone

In 1-3months Speech and language skills begin with cooing and crying.

At 4-6 months the baby sigh, grunt, gurgles, squeal, laugh and make different crying sounds. By 12 months, the baby’s first word usually appears. 

By 2 yrs of age, children know about 50 words and they start putting two words together and make small sentences.

A typical 3-year-old can, use about 1,000 words, call themselves by name, call others by name, ask questions, tell a story, repeat a nursery rhyme, sing a song

A speech delay is when a toddler hasn’t met typical speech milestones. Children progress on their timeline. Being a little late with conversation doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a serious problem.

Signs of a speech delay

If a baby isn’t cooing or making other sounds at 2 months, it could be the earliest sign of a speech delay. By 18 months, most babies can use simple words like “mama” or “dada.” Signs of a speech delay in older toddlers are:

  • Age 2: doesn’t use at least 25 words
  • Age 2 1/2: doesn’t use unique two-word phrases 
  • Age 3: doesn’t use at least 200 words, doesn’t ask for things by name, hard to understand even if you live with them
  • Any age: unable to say previously learned words

Language delay is different from speech delay?

Although the two are often difficult to tell apart — and frequently referred to together — there are some differences between a speech and language delay.

Speech is the physical act of producing sounds and saying words. A toddler with a speech delay may try but have trouble forming the correct sounds to make words. A speech delay doesn’t involve comprehension or nonverbal communication.

In language delay, there are issues with understanding and communicating, both verbally and nonverbally. A child with a language delay may make the correct sounds and pronounce some words, but they can’t form phrases or sentences that make sense. They may have difficulty understanding others.

Children can have a speech delay or a language delay, but the two conditions sometimes overlap.

If you don’t know which one your child may have, don’t worry. It’s not necessary to make a distinction to have an evaluation and start treatment.

On other side the speech delay

What is the cause of speech delay?

A speech delay is when a toddler hasn’t met typical speech milestones. Children progress on their timeline. Being a little late with conversation doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a serious problem.

But speech delays can also tell something about overall physical and intellectual development. Here are some examples.

Problems with the mouth

A speech delay can indicate an issue with the mouth, tongue, or palate. In a condition called tongue-tie, the tongue is connected to the floor of the mouth. This can make it difficult to create certain sounds.

Speech and language disorders

A 3-year-old who can comprehend and nonverbally communicate but can’t say many words may have a speech delay. One who can say a few words but can’t put them into understandable phrases may have a language delay.

Some speech and language disorders involve brain function and may be indicative of a learning disability. One cause of speech, language and other developmental delays is premature birth.

Childhood apraxia of speech is a physical disorder that makes it hard to form sounds in the right sequence to form words. It doesn’t affect nonverbal communication or language comprehension.

Hearing loss

A toddler who can’t hear well, or hears distorted speech, is likely to have difficulty forming words. One sign of it is that your child doesn’t identify a person or object when you name them but does if you use gestures.

However, signs of hearing loss may be very subtle. Sometimes a speech or language delay may be the only noticeable sign.

Lack of stimulation

We learn to speak to get in on the conversation. It is difficult to speek if no body is communicating with you.

Home Environment plays an important role role in speech and language development. Abuse, neglect, or lack of verbal stimulation can keep a child from reaching developmental milestones.

Autism spectrum disorder

Speech problems are many a times seen with an autism spectrum disorder. And its Other signs may include:

  • Repeating sentences or words(echolalia)  instead of creating phrases
  • repetitive behaviors
  • impaired verbal and nonverbal communication
  • impaired social interaction
  • speech and language regression
  •  

Neurological problems

Certain neurological disorders can affect muscles necessary for speech. These include:

  • Cerebral palsy 
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Brain injury

In the case of cerebral palsy, hearing loss or other developmental disabilities can also affect speech.

Intellectual disabilities

Speech can be delayed due to an intellectual disability. If your child isn’t speaking, it may be a cognitive issue rather than an inability to form words.

Homeopathic treatment for speech disorder in children.

Types of speech disorder include stuttering, apraxia, and dysarthria. There are many possible causes of speech disorders, including muscles weakness, brain injuries, degenerative diseases, autism, and hearing loss.

Speech disorders can affect a person’s self-esteem and their overall quality of life. Homeopathic medicines aim at a child’s symptoms individually and in a holistic manner, the homeopathic doctor assesses the level and quality of the child’s symptoms, analyses them and prescribes medicine accordingly. Speech therapy along with homeopathic treatment, can help improve speech and reduce symptoms.

Healthy Hair Care Tips

HEALTHY HAIR CARE TIPS

There has been an increasing number of cases who seek treatment for hair fall, hair thinning, itching in the scalp, grey hair at an early age, frizzy hair, etc. Although homeopathic medicine has proven beneficial in many cases of hair-related issues but to sustain and long-lasting results we do recommend following certain care listed below to consider.

 

Life Cycle Of Hair:

Each hair goes through three phases during each life cycle which under normal circumstances is three years and four-month

The life cycle of hair 3 years and 4 months.

There are approximately 25 such life cycles in a human beings life

During this life, cycle hair goes through the following stages

  1. The phase of growth = Anagen phase = 3 years 
  2. The phase of test = Catagen phase = 3 weeks 
  3. The phase of full = The Telogen phase = 3 months

 Unlike most mammals hair does not grow and fall together, otherwise every 3 years & 4 Months we would go bald.

Food For Your Hair :

Every time one eats is an opportunity to nourish the body Healthy Inside, Healthy Outside

 IRON – For overall growth & wellness of hair since it carries oxygen to the roots

  • Dates / Figs ( khajoor / anjeer) 4 pieces daily
  • Turmeric powder (haldi) 1-2 tsp daily
  • Jaggery (gud) x 1/2tsp daily
  • Cumin seeds (jeera)½ tsp daily

PROTEIN – For producing cells that promote healthy hair

  • Eggs(twice a week) 
  • Soya beans in the form of soy milk, chunks, nuggets, tofu 15-30 gm (1-2 tbsp) daily 
  • Fenugreek seeds (methi) 
  • 5 gm soaked in water daily

 ANTIOXIDANTS – For maintaining the hair follicles connective tissue & protecting blood vessels for healthy hair growth

  • Green tea
  • Walnuts (akhrot) 
  • Almonds (badaam) 
  • Flax seeds (alsi)
Do

Exercises improve blood circulation to the scalp and stimulate the hair follicles making them stronger

 Do the following exercises daily

  • Take both hands and place your fingertips firmly on your scalp without bending your fingers.
  •  Keep the fingers firmly on one spot of the scalp moving the fingertips in a circular motion for a few seconds.
  •  Place your fingers in a new area and repeat the motion until you have covered the entire scalp, spending a little more time on the “weaker “ areas.
  •  Do this exercise once or twice.
Don't
  • Smoking: “According to a recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health, smoking can increase almost all the major androgenic hormones including DHEA, androstenedione, testosterone, and dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the hormone most closely linked to hair loss. Therefore, smoking can increase the rate of hair loss. (Source: http://www.frontlinemed.co.uk/Smoking.htm) 
  • Avoid Udad Dal, Red meat, Red wine, Smoking 
  • Avoid Non-Veg totally
  • Do not keep the hair wet
  • Do not brush or comb hair when wet
  • Do not use hot oil/water on the scalp

Regular Tips :

COMBING :

Use a wide-toothed comb. Avoid using a brush as it has a larger surface area which can fracture the hair shaft. Don’t comb into wet hair as hair is elastic when moist and can reach its breaking point easily. Don’t share combs; wash them regularly to maintain scalp hygiene.

 OILING :

Hair oil acts as a moisturizer for the hair and scalp. However, it neither nourishes the hair nor does it help to reduce hair loss. Avoid excessive oil application, don’t keep oil on for longer than overnight as it attracts grime, making the hair difficult to clean.

CHEMICAL TREATMENT :

 Stay away from chemical treatments like perming, ironing, crimping, and straightening. Be good to hair and it will reciprocate.

 BLOW DRYING :

Allow the hair to dry naturally Avoid blow-drying, hairdryer releases gusts of 300 C that causes hair to break. If yet required, use it on low-to-medium heat holding it at least 6 inches away from the hair Avoid vigorous rubbing with a towel as it weakens hair roots, pulls them out, and aggravates hair loss

 COLOURING :

Hair color contains alkaline chemicals such as ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, and p-Phenylenediamine that penetrate and damage the hair. If coloring hair is a must, choose an ammonia-free one that is less damaging

HAIRSTYLING :

Avoid any hairstyle that puts pressure on hair like tight ponytails, curlers, and others. If elastic bands and hair clips are used at all, they must not be tight. Don’t keep the same hairstyle or parting constantly

Seasonal Tips :

Use these hair care tips to keep your locks in tip-top shape through all weathers.

 

WINTER:

  1. Hot water hair washes can dry out the scalp and strands, Choose lukewarm water instead 
  2. To maintain the moisture, keep the hair washes limited to 2-3 times a week. Use a mild anti-dandruff shampoo.
  3. Before shampooing hair, massage the scalp with oil and keep it overnight to conserve its moisture

 

SUMMER: 

  1. Wash hair daily or on alternate days:
  2. If traveling by a 2-wheeler, always cover the head with a handkerchief before wearing the helmet to help absorb the sweat.

 

MONSOON:

Monsoon water contains chlorine which damages the hair. Alum, commonly known as Fitkari, is a well-known water purifier. Just add 1 gm alum per 1 liter of water and allow the muddy particles to settle down before having a hair wash.

Investigation Advised

Dheas, Free testosterone, Sex hormonal binding globulin (SHBG), FSH, LH, Prolactin, Serum ferritin, Iron Profile, HB profile, T3, T4, TSH, Blood Sugar (Fasting / Plbs.)

 Hair Myths

  •  A woman should brush her hair one hundred strokes to keep it healthy and shiny
  • The shampoo is harmful to hair
  •  Shaving hair will make it grow thicker 
  • Oiling hair will rejuvenate hair re-growth
  • It is normal to lose 50-100 hairs a day

Abdomen Pain

How ABDOMEN PAIN IN CHILDREN Could Make Anyone a Better Parent

Stomach pain and children both seem to go together.  “MY TUMMY
HURTS”, “MY STOMACH IS PAINING”.  As parents, we have
heard these sentences many times, but someday your child wakes
up in the middle of the night complaining of tummy pain. Do you
tend to ask “do you feel like vomiting”? “Do you have any loose
motions?” “Exactly where does it hurt?”


Now, what do you do?
Stomach pain is the most common complaint in children. And it can
be trivial to life-threatening requiring immediate medical attention. 


The common cause of abdomen pain in children are
1. Psychological factors
2. Food-related illness.
3. Medical cause
4. Surgical cause

1. Psychological factors

  • School going children often complain of recurrent pain, usually
    located around the navel. In most cases, the pain is not
    severe and the child does not complain about it if he is
    involved in doing something interesting.
  • It rarely wakes him up from his sleep.
  • He is perfectly all right in between the attacks, which may last
    for a few moments or longer, but rarely for more than half an
    hour.
  • Be alert to see if there is any reason for the child to become
    emotionally upset. Is he being bullied in school? Is he afraid of
    his new teacher? Are the pending examinations causing him
    too much anxiety? Is the child upset because of a quarrel
    between e parents?
  • If the symptoms persist, take the advice of a doctor, who may
    even refer him to a family counsellor, psychologist or
    psychiatrist.
  • Don’t upset the child by remarks like. You are just acting or
    “Do not try to fool us!. I believe that such children do get pain,
    the symptom is probably due to some, not yet fully understood
    mechanism that is related more to the mind rather than the
    body-possibly a subconscious way of attracting the parents?
    attention for more body contact.
  • Hence, the treatment lies in understanding the child, helping
    him with underlying emotional problems. if any, rather than
    being harsh towards him.

 

2. Food-related illness

  • Gas:-Gas pain or indigestion is common in kids of all ages.
    Diet often plays a role. Carbonated drinks, such as soda may
    upset the stomach, especially if the child drinks through a
    straw. Spicy foods, beans, citrus and caffeine (including
    chocolate) may cause gas.
  • Constipation:-Younger kids may not know what constipation
    is or that it can lead to stomach pain. If your child complains of
    stomach pain around the belly button or the left lower side of
    the abdomen, ask them when they last pooped, or if they’re
    having problems doing it.
  • Overeating:-Too much of anything, from pizza and popcorn to
    candy, can cause abdominal pain. Kids often eat quickly and
    don’t realize they’re full until they’ve overdone it. Plus, eating
    too quickly can contribute to discomfort.
  • Lactose intolerance:-Lactose is a type of sugar found in milk
    and milk products. “In order to digest lactose properly, the
    body produces an enzyme called lactase,”  “People who do
    not have this enzyme have a condition called lactose
    intolerance. When they consume milk products, they may
    have symptoms such as abdominal cramps, gas, diarrhoea or
    constipation.”
  • Milk allergy:-Milk allergy is a reaction to protein casein in milk
    that may cause cramps. It is not the same as lactose
    intolerance.

 

3. Medical cause 

  • Worms:-Ascariasis, threadworm, pinworm, whipworm,
    hookworm, giardiasis, amoebiasis, bacillary dysentery, which
    can cause persistent or recurrent stomach pain for which
    doctor’s advice is needed for its treatment.
  • Food poisoning:-It should be suspected when those who
    have eaten the same food start getting abdominal pain,
    diarrhoea and vomiting with or without fever.
  • Stomach pain with a sore throat and vomiting:-Sore throat
    with enlargement of glands pain in the abdomen can cause
    abdominal pain in children above 2 years of age. The pain
    disappears when a sore throat is treated. Severe bouts of
    cough or vomiting leading to muscles soreness of the
    abdominal muscles may also present as abdominal pain. The
    remedy lies in treating the cause of sore throat, cough or
    vomiting.
  • Tuberculosis of the Abdomen:-Tuberculosis of the abdomen
    should be considered if the child who complains of pain in the
    abdomen has complained of associated features connected
    with a possible diagnosis of tuberculosis. These features
    include A history of close contact with an adult having
    tuberculosis, loss of appetite and weight; distension of the
    abdomen.
  • Constipation:-This is the common cause of abdominal pain
    in children. The child does not look ill, nor has a fever, but gets
    intermittent colicky pain in the stomach. There is no vomiting
    and appetite is generally not affected.


4. Surgical Conditions 

  • Appendicitis:-Appendicitis refers to inflammation of the
    appendix, a tail-like structure of the large intestine located in
    the right lower abdomen. If not detected early, an inflamed
    appendix may burst open, leading to a serious condition called
    peritonitis. A child with a possible diagnosis of appendicitis
    needs immediate doctor’s attention.
  • Intestinal obstruction:-The child has pain in the abdomen,
    constipation, distention of the abdomen, and projectile
    vomiting. Urgent medical attention is required
  •  Inguinal Hernia:-Most often the inguinal hernia is noticed as a
    swelling in the groin or the scrotum. Swelling is prominent when a child cries, may disappear on its own or by gentle
    pressure.

 

When should I be concerned about my child’s stomach
pain?
If the child has abdominal pain but otherwise looks well and the
pain is not affecting his routine activities, you can almost be sure
that the problem is not serious. However, if your child is
experiencing any of the following symptoms make your appointment
with the doctor.

1. Frequent constipation
2. Blood in stool
3. Diarrhoea
4. Fever and cough
5. Pain while passing urine
6. If the look of your child causes anxiety,
7. Pain is constant. and severe and it’s lasting more than an hour
8. If your child is less than 12 months.

CONCLUSION: – At last I would like to convey more often in
children its needs to understand their fear, anxiety, unresolved
conflicts, to rule out mild to serious medical and surgical
complications. In homoeopathy, we go in-depth in understanding a
patient during case taking (physical, emotion, intellect and lifestyle)
into account, Thereafter we arrive at a solution that is sustainable
and long-lasting.
Homoeopathy has a large potential to treat many if not all diseases in
this busy stressful world of ours.
 “Listen to your body and begin applying a holistic approach to
wellness. Treat the whole being, not just the symptoms”.

Dr. Rajeshwari Yadav B.H.M.S., CCAH. MS(Psy)

Dr. Rajeshwari Yadav is a devoted homoeopath who, apart from common ailments has tried to cater to those arena which deals with human psychology ( both, child and adult )and has developed her own unique way in homoeopathic treatment of it. Having completed her graduation as a Homeopathy Doctor, she went on to pursue course in advanced Homeopathy.

She further did her masters in Psychology. She has worked under renowned Doctors for various specialization. This has helped her to provide services to different health ailments.