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Attn:Evocationer. Help needed pls with sleepless, teething 7m baby

Do you have a different questionnaire for babies that I can fill out? Thanks!
 
  JMalik on 2014-09-20
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Bumping up pls as I am a bit desperate - my baby just won't sleep! He is the happiest baby boy otherwise just as long as you don't try to put him to sleep! He's also been teething (uppers) for several weeks with the ped saying he's close but with no tooth in sight. Very swollen gums, constantly needs to suck/chew/bite on something. He is waking hourly at night and I am losing my mind! With 2 other kids and a full time job, I am beginning to feel depressed and anxious. Any help much appreciated!
 
JMalik 4 years ago
Hi-

Am going to paraphrase from my book that has remedies for teething.

-Chamomilla 30c-
Inconsolable, besides themselves when teething.

-Cal Phos 30c- not as fussy as Chamomilla, if you give Cal Phos and
it won't work then use Chamomilla.
- Cal Carb 30c, contented chubby baby, slow to teethe, sweats on back of
head.
-Silicea- Baby is slow to teethe, has delicate features, is constipated.

To me it sounds like you need Chamomilla due to the pain.

Dosing
_____

3 pills of 30c every 15 minutes for 2 to 4 hours, depending on severity
- until you see improvement.

If no improvement after 3 doses pick another remedy.

When you see improvement give another dose when symptoms start
to return.
 
simone717 4 years ago
Thanks Simone717 - I have tried Chamomilla but unfortunately it didn't work. Also tried Coffea (since he gets very hyperactive when sleepy) and a few other colic remedies since he is very gassy. I don't have Calc Phos in a 30 but do have it in a 6x. Calc Carb I thought of but he is not slow to develop to be honest he is reaching milestones months before time (was crawling at 6m, standing at 7m).

I do use homeopathy quite a bit at home but nothing has worked so was hoping someone might be able to suggest a closer fit based on his symptoms!

Thanks!
 
JMalik 4 years ago
Hi-

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simone717 4 years ago
I don't always get a chance to post much over the weekends. I will post my questionnaire once I get to work for you and we can see what we can do.

Could you list all the remedies he has been given and the results.
 
Evocationer 4 years ago
Thank you so much for your reply!

He has had:

For teething:
Chamomilla 30 3 doses in water (bottle shaken before each dose) - no effect

Coffea Cruda 30 (most recently) 4 doses in water - no effect

Merc Viv 30 3 doses in water - no effect

For colic as an infant:
Lyc 6C and then 30 3 doses in water - 6C helped somewhat with sleep but 30 didn't do much.

Colocynthis 6C and then 30C 4 or 5 doses in water - did help somewhat with his colic initially but then subsequent doses did nothing

Dioscorea 30C 2 doses as got worse after 2nd and no other improvement besides his arching when being put to sleep.

Right now biggest issue is teething + insomnia. He takes forever to sleep, rocking upward of an hour most naps/bedtime. He wakes hourly at night too and sometimes get up around 11pm wide awake and hyper! Aside from that, very happy/smiles all the time. Great with people, even strangers. Doesn't seem to be fearful or shy. After he hit 7m, there has been a bit of clinginess with hubby and I eg when we walk away from him.

Thanks again for any help!

Best,
J

p.s oh and just to add I am exclusively bfeeding so never sure if I should be taking the remedy or my son!
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JMalik 4 years ago
Hello! Bumping up again, pls. If you could send me the questionnaire, I would be much obliged! The only reason I'm not taking one off the forum is because they all seem to be tailored towards the adult patient vs a baby one :-)

Thanks!
 
JMalik 4 years ago
Describe each physical complaint/associated set of symptoms in detail. Please include the following when doing this:

1. Appearance
2. Sensation or pain
3. Situations/events/triggers for making it worse
4. Situations/events/triggers for making it better
5. Event that seemed to start the complaint
6. Other sensory features – smell, sound, taste, tactile etc

Make sure each complaint is done separately. Do not group them together. This is for physical complaints/diseases.


MENTAL STATE OF THE CHILD (IMPORTANT)

1. When the physical complaint is active, what is his/her emotional state like? What does he/she do? What does she/he want you to do?

2. Does he/she describe any unusual sensation or pain in the body, especially when they are complaining of something?

3. What fears does he/she have? How does she/he react?

4. Was there any incident in the past that had a great impact? What happened at the time? Is there any ongoing reaction to this event? How does he/she talk about it?

5. Is there any story (book, fairytale, cartoon, movie etc) that seems to really resonate with her/him? What does he/she say about it?

6. What kind of fantasies does she/he describe to you? How does this translate down into play, games, toys? Does he/she tend to draw particular things over and over? If so what are they? If you point to these images, what does she/he say about them?

7. Does he/she describe any dreams or nightmares to you, and what are they? How does she/he react on waking from them?

8. How is he/she when interacting with other children? What about sports or games? How about obeying rules or social conventions?

9. How is she/he when interacting with older people? Is there any difference between family or friends and strangers in terms of reactions and behavior?

10. What kind of activities does he/she enjoy doing? Which of these do she/he spend the most time at?

11. What qualities seem to make your child different from other children?

12. How does your child cope with school, school work, study, deadlines, speaking in front of others, following directions etc?

13. What kind of questions does he/she tend to ask you or other adults?

14. What makes her/him laugh? What makes him/her cry?

15. What makes him/her angry or irritable?

16. What does your child do when alone?

17. Is there a particular person or type of person that he/she reacts to, and what kind of reaction?


GENERAL STATE OF YOUR CHILD

1. What position does he/she sleep in?
2. Is there any position he/she seems unable to sleep in?
3. Any unusual behavior during sleep?
4. Any problems with sleep?
5. What foods are craved (cravings are strong desires) What foods are hated?
6. What drinks are craved? What drinks are hated?
7. How does he/she react when hungry, or hunger is prolonged?
8. How does the weather affect?
9. How does the temperature affect?
10. Are there any other environmental influences negative or positive (season, noise, music, moon, light, dark, day, night, time, smells etc.)
11. Problems with stool or bowel habit?
Problems with urine or bladder habit?
12. Where does he/she sweat most? Does it stain or smell unusual?

PREGNANCY AND BIRTH

1. What kind of health problems occurred while you were pregnant with your child?

2. Were there any other stresses or traumas that occurred?

3. Did the birth itself have any problems?

4. Do you remember if any symptoms occurred suddenly during pregnancy that then vanished after your child was born? Especially important are any emotional or mental changes during this time.
 
Evocationer 4 years ago
Thank you! Here you go:


Symptom 1 - Teething
1. Appearance – red, swollen upper gums. Hands always in mouth. Sucks on tongue in a way that shows his gums are itchy or bothering him in some way.
2. Sensation or pain - n/a
3. Situations/events/triggers for making it worse – when tired or being put down for a nap/bed time
4. Situations/events/triggers for making it better – distraction, rubbing gums or giving him something to bite on
5. Event that seemed to start the complaint – teething :)
6. Other sensory features – smell, sound, taste, tactile etc – sour breath, salivating excessively (causing him to cough)

Symptom 2 – Insomnia
Takes forever to fall asleep. Takes us more than 40m at times to get him to settle down with constant falling asleep and then waking again and then falling asleep and then waking again. Will wake as soon as he’s put down on the bed. Gets very hyper if it’s past his nap time or bed time. Starts to laugh and move around somewhat exaggeratedly. Teething is what brought this state on – he used to be able to sleep 4/5 hour stretches but can barely do 2 hours at a max now. Arches back when being put to sleep. Kicks and swats us with his hands.

Symptom 3 - Excessive Ear Wax/Ears smell bad

Seems to emit a lot of yellow ear wax that also smells bad. Makes his ear red and the area behind his ear is often very dry, scaly and also smells bad. Left ear worse. Haven’t noticed anything that makes it better or worse however I have a hunch that he is not babbling yet because of blocked ears. He tugs at his ear (left more) a lot as well. Other milestones are all ahead of the curve, sitting at 5m, pulling himself up at 6m, trying to stand unassisted now at 7m. No words yet though (babbling is supposed to begin at 6m).

MENTAL STATE OF THE CHILD (IMPORTANT)

1. When the physical complaint is active, what is his/her emotional state like? What does he/she do? What does she/he want you to do?
Wants to be held and carried, i.e. not satisfied with sitting and holding. Clingy, won’t go to anyone else. Cries loudly, arches back. Flaps arms and legs.

2. Does he/she describe any unusual sensation or pain in the body, especially when they are complaining of something?
n/a

3. What fears does he/she have? How does she/he react?
No real fears that are apparent at the moment. Generally doesn’t seem to be fearful at all.

4. Was there any incident in the past that had a great impact? What happened at the time? Is there any ongoing reaction to this event? How does he/she talk about it?
n/a

5. Is there any story (book, fairytale, cartoon, movie etc) that seems to really resonate with her/him? What does he/she say about it?
n/a

6. What kind of fantasies does she/he describe to you? How does this translate down into play, games, toys? Does he/she tend to draw particular things over and over? If so what are they? If you point to these images, what does she/he say about them?
n/a

7. Does he/she describe any dreams or nightmares to you, and what are they? How does she/he react on waking from them?
n/a

8. How is he/she when interacting with other children? What about sports or games? How about obeying rules or social conventions?
Generally very good with people, very smiley and interactive. EG took to new nanny within seconds

9. How is she/he when interacting with older people? Is there any difference between family or friends and strangers in terms of reactions and behavior?
See above

10. What kind of activities does he/she enjoy doing? Which of these do she/he spend the most time at?
n/a

11. What qualities seem to make your child different from other children?
No stranger anxiety

12. How does your child cope with school, school work, study, deadlines, speaking in front of others, following directions etc?
n/a

13. What kind of questions does he/she tend to ask you or other adults?
n/a

14. What makes her/him laugh? What makes him/her cry?
Playing with him generally puts him in a happy mood but he is generally a happy baby as said before. Just don’t put him to sleep and he’s happy as a clam!

15. What makes him/her angry or irritable?
Trying to put him in the car seat/high chair/enclosed space. Usually fights this although settles down quickly.

16. What does your child do when alone?
Explore!

17. Is there a particular person or type of person that he/she reacts to, and what kind of reaction?
n/a


GENERAL STATE OF YOUR CHILD

1. What position does he/she sleep in?
Prefers his back or right side, rarely left. When on back, sleeps with hands by head.

2. Is there any position he/she seems unable to sleep in?
Left

3. Any unusual behavior during sleep?
Jerks while falling asleep – also moans/groans a lot while falling asleep. Is restless, changes sides often.

4. Any problems with sleep?
Wakes 1-2 hours at night. Needs to nurse to get back to sleep. Sometimes will wake at 11pm and ready to play again. Gets very hyper when awake at night.

5. What foods are craved (cravings are strong desires) What foods are hated?
n/a (not on solids yet)

6. What drinks are craved? What drinks are hated?
n/a see above
7. How does he/she react when hungry, or hunger is prolonged?
Doesn’t cry very loudly, more whiny than anything else

8. How does the weather affect?

9. How does the temperature affect?
Kicks off covers, gets red in places where he’s hot eg after a hot bath or if being held

10. Are there any other environmental influences negative or positive (season, noise, music, moon, light, dark, day, night, time, smells etc.)
OK with noise, eg vacuum cleaner. Sometimes sudden loud noises will scare him but rarely. Loves music.

11. Problems with stool or bowel habit?
Stool is every second day sometimes but never hard. Dark yellow, very sticky/pasty and usually fills or leaks out of diaper. Sometimes liquidy. Almost always sour. Strains and grunts a lot in between stooling but also when passing a stool. Very gassy, will pass gas while nursing and otherwise too. Anus gets red after stool sometimes.

Problems with urine or bladder habit?
Has a bit of a strong smell, ie can smell it through the diaper. No specific scent though. Urinates heavily at night (probably because he’s drinking hourly!)

12. Where does he/she sweat most? Does it stain or smell unusual?
Not a big sweater but does sweat on the head if he does. Smells a little sour at times.

PREGNANCY AND BIRTH

1. What kind of health problems occurred while you were pregnant with your child?
Wasn’t a planned pregnancy so was a little depressed in first couple of months. Had terrible nausea – was sick all day, couldn’t eat or drink much. Went away in 5th month after which was pretty smooth sailing aside from low energy/fatigue. Did have some issues with yeast infections.

2. Were there any other stresses or traumas that occurred?
No

3. Did the birth itself have any problems?
Very quick birth – he had the cord wrapped round his neck twice and a knot. Wasn’t breathing very well when born so they had to take him away straight after. Had also swallowed meconium. I was very panicky as the pain was very intense and scary as it was all going very quickly. He recovered soon after he was born with no lasting issues. Only other issue was that he took some time to urinate after his circumcision.

4. Do you remember if any symptoms occurred suddenly during pregnancy that then vanished after your child was born? Especially important are any emotional or mental changes during this time.

See above but emotional state was very depressed, low, lacking energy when I first got pregnant. That went away when I gave birth but has recently come back again with all these sleep issues, the fatigue that comes with 3 children and going back to work (I work from home but still full time).

also forgot to mention above that he also took Kreos 30C 3 doses in water (with some positive change on sleep initially but didn't stick) and I also took Arnica 200 right after birth and gave him one dose before his circumcision.
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JMalik 4 years ago
I will start looking at this as soon as possible.
 
Evocationer 4 years ago
Many thanks!
 
JMalik 4 years ago
Alright there are a couple of possible choices here for a remedy. I can see that some of the teething remedies have already been tried.

I can look through this same window, represented by the rubric 'Teeth, Dentition difficult'.

Now the rubrics I choose lead me to a particular remedy. However, there were a few peculiar things in the case that suggested a different one. I know what each of these children would look like in clinic, but it is hard to decide without observing.

Sleepless during dentition
Mouth, odour, sour
Laughing in bed
Kicking during anger
Kicking in children
Teeth, dentition, difficult, accompanied by salivation
Carried, desire to be
Clinging to mother
Moaning
Jerking on going to sleep
Waking frequent in children (newborns)
Rectum, straining, after stool

Most prominent here is Borax. But my attention is drawn also to Agaricus. As a third choice, and one that is quite qell known for teething problems, is Mag-carb. Lastly, I think I would be seriously considering Coffea based on the birth. That definitely sounds like a Coffea birth experience.

Based on the widest spread of symptoms I would start with Borax 200c, obtained preferably in oral liquid form.

I would suggest getting Coffea 200c as a back up remedy as well. I actually feel more inclined towards this remedy but the repertory definitely points more towards Borax.

If you instead have pillules or pellets, you will need a small bottle and a dropper to make your own liquid dose. Mix water and alcohol into this small bottle to the ratio of 5:1. Dissolve 3 pillules/pellets into this bottle. All doses will be made from this bottle.

If you already have a liquid dose just start from step 1.

1. Hit the bottle 5 times firmly against the palm of the hand

2. Place 3 drops into 100mls of clean fresh water

3. Stir very thoroughly

4. Take 2 teaspoons out into the mouth and hold for 20 seconds, then swallow.

This is one dose and the same steps should be taken for any further doses, unless I ask you to change them in some way.

If any old symptoms reappear, or any current symptoms worsen, this is a GOOD sign in most cases. DO NOT SUPPRESS them with other kinds of medication unless you are in real danger (which is a highly unlikely reaction to a remedy).

However, if you are on regular medication it is also important that you do NOT stop taking this. Once it is determined the medicine has acted beneficially, we can look at reducing such medication if safe to do so.


Give him ONE dose of Borax at first and let me know the results.
 
Evocationer 4 years ago

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