As moms, we are always looking for safe and drug-free ways to keep our babies comfortable when they are sick. For our family, homeopathic remedies have been an effective answer. When I started studying individual homeopathic remedies, I was amazed at how many factors are taken into account when deciding which remedy to choose. Although babies communicate in their own way, it is really difficult to know exactly what they feel. You know they have a fever, but do they have an earache, a sore throat, or a stomachache?
I decided to ask the doctor who introduced me to homeopathy. She taught me about muscle testing or applied kinesiology for my children. Studies have shown that this method is 98% accurate. Testing in this way shows people’s “tolerance” to a substance. If the muscle is weak there is no tolerance so it would not be the remedy to use. If the muscle is strong, it’s like your body says yes, this is good for me and makes me stronger. Because mom and baby are energetically connected, mom’s muscles will respond when the baby is tested. It takes practice, but once it is obtained, it saves a lot of time and takes a lot of the guesswork out of which remedy is best for the baby.
This is a good way to practice and get a feel for what is strong and weak for your body. One of the easiest muscles to test is your arm strength. You will need someone else to help you. Keep one of your arms extended in front of you and ask your body how it would respond if something is good for you. You can say something like “strong is yes” and see how strong your arm is when you resist someone trying to push it down. Then say “weak is no,” then see if you can resist when someone pushes you down. Now you know what it feels like to be weak and strong.
Now try it with a real substance. Hold a pound of refined white sugar or flour in one hand and watch your muscle respond. Now try it with a carrot or an apple, notice the difference. Just keep trying different things and watch other feelings come to your body. You can immediately feel energy entering or leaving your body. This is a great way to become more aware of how your body speaks to you. You can use this technique for vitamins, foods, and remedies. Your body will also respond to positive or negative thoughts. Once you’ve practiced and are more confident in your body’s response, you can use the same technique while holding your baby. The only thing that is added when testing for the baby is that you must intend to test for your baby, not for yourself. So you might try thinking or saying something like “Is this good for the baby?” Before testing the strength of your muscle.
Here is a simplified list of remedies that I always have on hand. You can buy yourself a home kit and build it from there. There are many different materia medica books to choose from that break down each remedy into symptoms the person might be feeling.
Constipation – Nux Vomica
Fever and inflammation – Belladonna
Teething and irritability – Chamomila
Earache and inflammation – Pulsatilla
Vomiting: Ipecacuanha, arsenicum album (especially good for food poisoning)
Bumps and bruises – Arnica. Arnica ointment is ideal for external use.
Diarrhea – Podophyllum
Because there are so many different cold symptoms, there are also many different remedies for those symptoms and this is where muscle testing comes in. It will help you determine what is best for your baby. One sign that I have noticed that you have the right remedy is that your baby will fall asleep and his mood will change. It is as if you have alleviated the symptom and are giving your little body support to fight the symptom. My doctor recommended giving a dose, then 15 minutes later another dose and 15 minutes later another dose. This seems to get the remedy to the body more quickly and is usually sufficient for the day. For more information, consult a homeopath.