Category: Children Therapy

Fever In Children ..Things To Do

Fever in children is Something every parent Observes in their Child, Some child may Experience recurrent History of Fever, Some Child may have Seasonal fever. Some may have long History of Fever

 

Doctor takes into account in understand the patterns, evolution and associated complaints in fever,  As said, It is the root cause of fever which Need to be addressed rather than only suppressive measure to get rid of fever

 

Fever is a protective defense mechanism the body employs to fight infection. Fever is manifestation of illness, But Not an illness itself.

 

Fever as protective mechanism

  • Most cases in the fever body’s own immune become stimulated, whereby there is production of natural antibodies.
  • Fever let’s to restrict the proliferation of infection.

 

When to get cautious

  • In some cases of persistent high fever it may lead to dehydration.
  • Fever with hallucination/disorientation
  • In some cases children with high fever may lead to febrile convulsions, although convulsion is short-lasting & no future recurrence of convulsion noted.

 

Point to Implement

  • In case of sudden high fever greater than 104 Fahrenheit degree, colling with tap water or sponge bath.
  • Mercury thermometer or electronic thermometer both are fairly acceptable measurement devices.
  • Normal body temperature is one degree higher in the evening compared to the morning.
  • It is important to note the degree of fever at the onset of illness, its rhythm behavior of child during the fever and during the inter febrile period.
  • If there is a particular change in terms of his desire in food, water sleep patterns to be noted.
  • Is the fever associated with chills/rigor or perspiration.
  • What are the associated complaints with the fever such as any cough, loose motion, nasal discharge, throat pain, body pain, etc to be noted.
  • Watch for urine output.
  • Antipyretics should not be used to suppress the fever but to prevent the fever from rising to a dangerously high level.
  • In our practice, we do not recommend using antipyretics still >102-degree Fahrenheit, if the child does not complain of anything in fever.
  • It is not ideal to accept fever to go down normally, has a fever have some beneficial effect we need the body’s defense mechanism to fight infection
  • Report doctors with an accurate history of fever with a detailed record of temperature jotted on paper every one to two hours for initially three-four days at start of fever
  • This data would be of extreme help to doctors in asserting the diagnosis and management.
  • In my homeopathic practice, the management of fever in children has played a great role in enhancing their immunity. The relapse of recurrent illness fever has reduced drastically. Fever cases are managed effectively in homeopathy.
  • My experience is that the more the acute febrile episode is managed well with homeopathy, child’s immunity is more enhanced and their relapse can be avoided effectively.
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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.

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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”.

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