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Attn: Joe De Livera - Infant Acid Reflux and Constipation

My son was diagnosed with Acid Reflux at the age of 1 month. At first he was prescribed Prilosec and Zantac, then we switched to Prevacid as the first two were not helping much for his Reflux. He's 4 months old now and is still on Prevacid. It works for his Reflux; however, it makes him constipated (he can go without poop for days, and really suffers from it by trying and being unable to move bowels, forehead and head sweating while breasfed, crying, and waking up frequently.) When he finally poops (with help; our pediatrician recommended pear and prune juices (don't help), lactulose (gives him abdominal cramps) and glycerin suppositories (seem to help), his sleeping pattern changes for a couple of nights dramatically - he sleeps well, and after about 48 hours without moving bowels the cycle starts all over... He is exclusively breastfed.

I came across this forum and found out that my baby's Reflux can be treated with Nat Phos 6x and Nux Vomica 30c. I also read that Nux Vomica can be used for my son's constipation. I also read your thread http://abchomeopathy.com/forum2.php/76124/
I am not sure about the dose of Nat Phos 6x for my 4-month-old. He is 26 1/2 inches long and 17.5 lb now.

So far, I followed advise from this thread http://abchomeopathy.com/forum2.php/210362/ and gave him Nux Vomica 30c (2 pellets dissolved in 2ml of boiled water 3 times a day) for his constipation yesterday. Still giving him Prevacid. I have yet to see any positive results from Nux Vomica 30c. Just smelly gas, and sleepless night, especially closer to the morning he was unable to sleep even though was very sleepy.

It seems to me his symptoms have gotten worse today... as he's fussy today and does NOT want to play by himself at all (unusual, when nothing bothers him, he's a very content baby), but instead wants to be held constantly, keeps moving his legs up and down, turns and tosses while at the breast, spits up more, forehead sweats as he's trying to poop, but nothing comes out. Also has difficulty with going down for his naps today, it took me an hour to put him down right now, which is really unusual... I've read that physical symptoms may get worse at first when homeopathic remedy is administered, then my question to you is this:

How long should I wait for the positive results from Nux Vomica?

What should I do next? When do I start Nat Phos 6x and what dose?

I do believe Prevacid causes his constipation as he is exclusively breastfed otherwise.

I am new to homeopathy. Could you please provide a detailed schedule including the dose and duration for each remedy for my 4-month-old? Or should it be only one remedy? So many questions, sorry... I would LOVE to stop giving him Prevacid as I know how harmful it is for his little body... Thanks in advance!
[message edited by yuliak on Thu, 07 Jul 2011 03:51:23 BST]
  yuliak on 2011-06-26
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This is an example of how you have taken upon yourself to experiment with the therapy I have prescribed to other patients with zero results and it is fortunate for your 4 month old son that you recorded his ailment on this ABC forum even though very late.

You must use Nat Phos 6x FIRST and the dose is 1 tablet dissolved in milk or water and taken immediately after a feed. This will usually fix the problem almost immediately.

Nux Vomica is only of use to reinforce the action of the Nat Phos if it does not help.

You should notice that in a few days your baby will not need the Nat Phos and you can then stop the dose.

Please do not give your infant son the Prilosec or Zantac that your pediatrician has prescribed as the after effects on a baby can be dangerous.

Report progress in 24 hours after the first dose.
Joe De Livera 8 years ago
Dear Joe,
I am very sorry I've done that... I hope I didn't do any harm to my baby... The thing is that I did ask for help and explanation before I gave my son Nux Vomica; however, I mixed up the forums, and used 'homeopathy and more' website instead of this one, and I am yet to get clear answers to my questions on that forum...

So, just to clarify, tomorrow I stop Prevacid and give 1 tablet of Nat Phos 6x to my son. Then I wait for 24 hours, observe, and I report progress to you. Do I give him another dose of Nat Phos 6x for a few days after that?

Homeopathy is amazing. I still cannot believe that a few doses of Nat Phos 6x can cure my baby's Acid Reflux that's been treated by different kinds of drugs for 3 months now...

Also, I am trying to understand why Nux Vomica didn't help my son's constipation, was it incorrect dose or wrong potency or his condition just requires a different homeopathic remedy?

Will Nat Phos 6x also cure his constipation? My son was so miserable tonight (2.5 days without moving bowels),I had to use glycerin suppository tonight again... ugh... I really hope I will never have to use those again.

Once again, thank you so much for your time in answering my questions!!! I really need your guidance at this point!
yuliak 8 years ago
You will have to give a tablet of Nat Phos 6x after every feed for a day and reduce it down to half tablet on day 2 and later taper it off on day 3 to half when your baby's GERD should have stabilized.

NP is also the ultimate remeduy for his constipation which should be stabilized within 24 hours.
Joe De Livera 8 years ago
One more question: Do I give him NP during the night also (he still gets 2 feeds at night)?
yuliak 8 years ago

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yuliak 8 years ago
It is the symptoms that guide us to the remedy. Symptoms need to be examined closely and individualised for a homoeopathic medicine to work best.

There are two kinds of 'worsening' that can happen after taking a homoeopathic remedy. It is important to distinguish which of these is happening.

The first is what we call a genuine 'Aggravation'. This is a temporary intensification of the patient's normal symptoms. Typically, this happens just before a remedy begins to improve the condition. The symptoms will appear very much like they normally do, but exaggerated, and often occurring in a cluster.

The more precise the prescription is the more similar to the normal symptoms the aggravation produces. The less precise the prescription, the more unusual the symptoms will seem - they may have new qualities (like being worse for the cold suddenly or discharges becoming a strange colour). You can still get improvement when this happens, but it does suggest that a better remedy might exist.

The second kind, which is related to the idea of an imprecise prescription, is what we call a 'Proving'. This is where a range of new symptoms and behaviours occur. Some of the normal symptoms seem worse, but there are extra ones, and even those old symptoms have a variety of new qualities. This means the remedy is incorrect, and these are what orthodox medicine would call 'side effects'. They happen primarily for 2 reasons.

1. The dose was given too frequently and in too large an amount. This often happens when the dry doses are used (the pillules givne straight rather than diluted).

2. The patient is unusually sensitive to homoeopathic medicines. In such cases the dosing needs to be adjusted to compensate (which can be done fairly easily).

David Kempson
Professional Homoeopath
brisbanehomoeopath 8 years ago
Great explanation, David. Thank you very much! I'll keep an eye on my little one as we started Nat Phos 6x today for his Acid Reflux.
yuliak 8 years ago
Dear Joe,
Okay, it has been 24 hours since the first dose of Nat Phos 6x. I've given my son 8 doses (1 tablet each dissolved in 5ml of boiled water) of it within this period of time. These are the symptoms that I have been observing:

First, the strangest thing is that my son started having difficulties falling and staying asleep... Even with his naps, he refused to take his second nap yesterday - very unusual, he's NEVER done that before. His 3rd nap usually lasts at least 45 minutes, after which he usually does NOT want to stay awake, falls back to sleep within a short period of time, and stays asleep for another 1.5-2 hours. Yesterday, he slept 35 minutes for his 3rd nap, and woke up cooing, not wanting to sleep more.
At night, he woke up 5 times instead of the usual 2. It also took me a lot of time and effort to put him back to sleep each time whereas normally he'd eat and fall back asleep within 10 minutes.
Another thing is that he would finally fall asleep for his naps or at night just to wake up 5-15 minutes later on several occasions.
He was arching his back every time I put him down in his crib.

Second, he's been arching his back, sweating on the head a LOT, moving his legs up and down, and his body was stiff every time he nursed.

I did burp him frequently. And I did give him NP after EACH feed, even at night. That seemed to calm him down.

He's shown the above symptoms before (except for skipping his nap) when his medicine wasn't working properly.

Third, he started passing a lot of gas. Still no poop... It has been almost 2 days without moving bowels.

Also, his nose has some white or clear discharge, just a little here and there.

Other than that, his Reflux seems stable. Although, I'm thinking that Prevacid may still have its effect on his body. Maybe not, I am just guessing. It has been 41 hours since the last dose of Prevacid. Before that he would get a dose every 24 hours.

He's had a normal, tiny spit-up once yesterday and once this morning.

I've lowered his dose of NP to half this morning. He's already had one half dose of NP.

Where do I go from here next? Do I continue with half dose after each feed as you recommended?
I do believe that he needs to start moving his bowels frequently. That's still a problem.

I will report progress again in 24 hours. By that time, in my understanding, Prevacid's residue should be gone, and we should see true symptoms if there are any.
[message edited by yuliak on Tue, 28 Jun 2011 20:34:43 BST]
yuliak 8 years ago
It has been 48 hours since the first dose of Nat Phos 6x.

I've been giving half a tablet for the last 24 hours, and I've given my son 6 doses of that (decided not to do it after each feed due to his sleep problem I mentioned yesterday).

His sleeping pattern was the same during the day. He didn't want to go down for his naps, and was very alert; one of the naps was only 15 minutes, and my son was fine with that, he was up and alert for another 2 hours - very unusual.

Although at night he was sleepy, he woke up frequently - 5 times. He woke up 15 minutes after falling asleep for the first time... He was unable to settle down from 3 to 4 in the morning, sleeping for 3-5 minutes only to wake up arching his back and coughing.

I did not give him a dose of NP before bedtime; however, I gave him 3 doses of it throughout the night as he definitely needed that. First dose immediately calmed him down. Two of the other doses had to be given one right after another (that happened at 3:15 and 3:35 in the morning, after that he was able to fall back asleep.)

His Reflux symptoms were definitely back during the night. He'd arch his back every time I put him down in his crib.

He passed a lot of gas at night, too. He did not poop. I had to use a glycerin suppository this morning as he was moving his legs up and down nonstop while at the breast and was crying. His bowels looked NORMAL; however there was a huge gas bubble before them. I do not understand why he was unable to push them out (it had been 2.5 days without them), was it because of the gas?

He had a few of the spit-ups this morning, but those didn't seem to bother him, and were normal and curdle-looking ones, which meant to me that Prevacid stopped working, and my son had acid in his stomach. (Before that, for 3 months in a row, all spit-ups were liquid, even when he'd spit up 30 minutes after a meal as the acid was not produced in the stomach due to Prevacid intake.)

I gave him a half dose of NP this morning.

So, how do I proceed? Do I lower his dose again as your recommended? Or do I stick with half a dose for a while? And how many times a day do I give it to him? Is it safe to use NP for a while? It seems like he needs it for now.

Can his sleep pattern have something to do with NP intake? I've read that NP actually promotes sleep...

What do I do with him not being able to move bowels?

Thank you, Joe!
yuliak 8 years ago
You can continue to give him the half tablet of Nat Phos 6x after every feed as it seems obvious that he needs it to help digestion. NP usually helps with bowel motions and we will have to figure out the reason for his constipation (2 days) which is not unusual with infants for which no medicines are necessary. Please note that NP is perfectly safe to be used over extended periods unlike the PPI drugs that your pediatrician had prescribed which are dangerous in use for adults and far more for babies.
You can check the 'danger of using PPI drugs' on Google to learn more about them.

Arnica 30c in the Wet dose will help with his sleep. You can give him half a teaspoonful per dose thrice daily half hour before a feed.

The Wet dose of any Homeopathic remedy is made as follows:

Order the remedy in the Liquid pack in Alcohol, also referred to as Liquid Dilution in a bottle preferably with a dropper arrangement.
Get a 500ml bottle of Spring Water from the nearest supermarket.
Pour out about 3cm of water from the bottle to leave some airspace.
Insert 3 drops of the remedy into the bottle and shake the bottle hard at least 6 times before you sip a capfull of the bottle or a large teaspoonful which is the dose.
Shaking the bottle hard is homeopathic succussion and this enhances the effect of the remedy on the user.

Report progress.
Joe De Livera 8 years ago
Is it okay to use Arnica 30c in pellets for the Wet dose? If so, how many pellets per 500ml of water?
[message edited by yuliak on Thu, 30 Jun 2011 04:41:29 BST]
yuliak 8 years ago
It is best to get the Liquid Dilution in Alcohol to make the Wet dose.

If you live in India you can get it from the nearest Homeopathic pharmacy. In the US you may experience some problems in sourcing it but in the meanwhile you can use a branded product like Boiron or WHP for the pellets till you get the Liquid dilution and you will use 6 pellets for a 500ml spring water.

It is essential that you get the Liquid dilution to make the Wet dose for best response as we are dealing with Nano levels in using Homeopathic remedies.
Joe De Livera 8 years ago

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