FAQs

Babycare

My baby has just started crawling and pulling himself up against furniture. He quite often stumbles and knocks his head and I see little bruises or lumps from time to time. He seems more angry than hurt but what can I do to help?

Crawling babies and mobile toddlers are inclined to bumps and bruises as they explore their environment and their own capabilities. It would be wrong to be over-protective and so it is good to know when to take action and when Mother Nature and a few hugs and kisses can sort things out! It is not always easy to decide what is serious enough to seek medical opinion. Bumps to the head and falls that injure the upper body need to be monitored carefully in the first 24 hours, although mostly there will be no reason for concern. If it seems the worst of it was in the initial moments after injury with strident crying and then things actually only get better, despite resultant bruising or lumps, you mostly need not be concerned at all. Worrisome symptoms include lethargy, weak and/or high-pitched crying, vomiting, confusion, unequal focus and reaction of the pupils of the eyes, dizziness and disinterest or refusal of milk and food. Administering Sister Lilian Arnica Tablets is an excellent way of treating everyday bumps and bruises and should be in every family’s medicine chest if there is a little one in the home. Even in the case of more serious injury, Arnica tablets should be given to speed healing, lessen swelling, soothe pain and resolve bruising.

My 3 week old baby suffers badly from wind and cramping. She cries pitifully often during the day, usually after feeds. Do you think this is colic and what can I give her to relieve her pain?

Cramping, wind and colic is often what moms, clinic sisters and doctors suspect when a newborn cries a lot and it seems to have to do with a baby's feeds. Quite often the real problem is that we are not interpreting babies' body language and cries correctly. Do not schedule baby's feeds (both for breast and formula babies) as hunger sometimes looks like cramping and many babies need to feed when their body's give the signal rather than on a 3 or 4 hourly schedule; formula babies often prefer smaller feeds more regularly. Formula milk can cause digestive discomfort too and colic is even one possible sign of allergy or intolerance of a particular formula milk.

Colic is often baby simply reflecting mom’s anxiety. Mom and baby can safely take Rescue Digest to relieve colic and related symptoms that are made worse by tension and anxiety. Mom should also do only the necessary daily tasks, keep baby close to her body in a baby carrier and allows her little one to sleep with her, to solve this problem.

If baby seems unsettled and cries at feedtimes, ColicCare is safe and useful for relieving cramping and making winding easier. Babies that cry frequently, impatiently and fretfully and seem to be in constant digestive discomfort for much of the day, respond excellently to Chamomilla tablets which calm and soothe them while relaxing bowel muscles.

Sometimes too, if a newborn baby is handled by many strangers or becomes over-stimulated with loud activity, they can cry a lot and a mom might think this is colic. In the early weeks (up to about 3-4 months) one should take note of this factor. Babies who have had a traumatic birth or been born by Caesarean section are often a little more restless after birth and may seem to have colic. Rescue Emotion may well help them too.

My baby of two months hiccups frequently, leaving him quite unsettled. Is there any homeopathic remedy for this?

Babies who hiccup a lot and seem to fuss at a regular time of day or night, profit enormously from the Sister Lilian Tissue Salt Mag phos, which relieves cramping, hiccupping and any muscle spasms. Mag phos also has pain-relieving qualities.Need for this safe, effective remedy is related to magnesium shortage which might have started inpregnancy already, with the expectant mom experiencing cramping in the calves and noticing baby hiccupping in her womb. Follow administration with a warm drink of breast or formula milk for maximum effect. A breastfeeding mom can take Mag phos herself to help baby. She should give baby at least three tablets a day or during each episode of hiccups.

My baby has been diagnosed with colic at 6 weeks of age. He cries all day, has difficulty burping and does not want to settle at the breast, always pushing away and fighting. What can I do to help?

Colic is often incorrectly or over-diagnosed in babies. This is partially because digestion plays such an overriding role in their lives, and also because both professionals and parents don't fully understand the effect of diet on a baby's digestive tract in the early months.A good percentage of babies, just like adults, have a 'sensitive tummy' which makes them more prone to flatulence, bloating, cramps and other 'twinges' too. A small baby displaying symptoms of pain or discomfort when drinking milk or some time after a feed, with struggling to pass wind but relief once it has happened, red scrunched up faces, arching of the back, rigid tummy muscles, legs drawn up to chest, balled fists and some crying, is often reacting to the milk formula they are on, or dairy, grains and sugar in a breastfeeding mom's diet.

Breastmilk is perfectly suited to babies and unless the mom's diet is high in allergenic foods, breast babies will have far fewer symptoms of digestive discomfort. As with so many things, there is not one perfect eating plan for a breastfeeding mom to follow, as babies react differently. If baby sleeps poorly or is simply a fussy, restless little soul, the new mom will often suspect her own diet of causing the discomfort, through her milk. These views are reinforced, sometimes even caused, by doctors and clinic sisters, who often do not themselves fully understand a lactating mom’s dietary needs. If baby cramps or hiccups, you may need more magnesium rich foods like bananas, green vegetables and nuts. If baby fusses at the breast, he or she may be reacting to your bland diet of dairy and bread. Eat more like you did while pregnant as that is the environment your baby grew in and thrived on, even if food was fairly spicy. If one notices that each time a certain food is eaten baby cramps, then avoid this in the early months. Foods that cause bloating in mom are more likely to do so in baby as well, but an approach of moderation in all things is a useful guideline.

My baby suffers terribly from constipation. I don’t want to use laxatives. Is there any natural help?

Constipation is when there are dry, hard, pellet-like or crumbly stools that are also irregular and usually passed with pain. A daily stool is common for formula fed babies or those who already have solids, although in the first 6 weeks of life babies often have more stools each day. Constipation in babies can have a number of causes, and one of the main ones is diet. Milk formula is a common trigger. Make up the bottles with slightly cooled boiled water - if boiling water is added to the powder, it alters the protein structure, making it a lot less digestible. Sometimes the added iron is also a problem and you have to try a few different formula milks to find one that agrees with your baby. Follow-on or nr 2 formula milks can trigger constipation and then one should revert to the former milk. Breast babies are seldom constipated although from 6 or 8 weeks they may have very infrequent stools, because the milk is so perfectly digested, that there is little waste matter. One bowel motion a week or even in 10 days is common, and the stool remains soft, even though they strain a lot. Baby cereals often are the trigger and fruit is an excellent breakfast alternative. Apply a little petroleum jelly around the anal area and ride 'bicycle' with baby's legs when straining to pass a motion. Add a few drops of olive oil to 2-4 bottles a day. Rescue Digest will lend a safe homeopathic hand to easing constipation in babies, children and even adults, no matter the cause.

Please help! My baby cries so often that I feel I am taking leave of my senses. I’ve tried all the obvious solutions but nothing works. Why is this and is there a remedy that will help?

Babies cry because they don't have words to tell us what is wrong. They cry to communicate a need such as hunger, tiredness, pain or the need to suck or be held. Crying helps baby to release tensions that can't be expressed. You should always try to console your baby during a crying spell. Every parent finds crying stressful to listen to, especially night-time crying. If you feel as if you are suffering from exhaustion, extreme emotional stress or possibly even postnatal depression as a result (and sometimes as a cause of baby’s crying), please get professional help as soon as possible, especially if you feel so desperate that you think you might harm baby out of pure desperation. If pregnancy and birth or adjustment to mothering were traumatic this can make a baby very unsettled for long afterwards, apparently with no reason, and giving Rescue Emotion to both baby and mom is often good at settling this and changing things for the better. A peevish, fretful, impatient and irritable cry might be part of a high-need child who is more difficult to satisfy and homeopathic Chamomilla tablets generally help improve matters considerably. Massage your baby regularly too as this will soothe you both asnd touch is therapy for unhappiness! Take baby into bed with you if night-crying is pitiful and it is the only way you get some sleep - remember, you need to survive this phase well and finding solutions that work for you is all that is important. Crying usually diminishes when the baby's gastrointestinal tract matures. This happens at about 3 months so hang in there!

Ever since 3 months my baby has been prone to ear infections, especially when teething. It concerns me that it leads to one round of antibiotics after another and my baby has even had grommets inserted, yet there seems to be no final cure. Is there anything I can do?

Ear infections are frequently secondary to teething, in which case that is what primarily needs treating. Chamomilla tablets and the Sister Lilian Tissue Salts Mag phos and Calc phos will ensure easier teething. Both cow's milk and soya based formula have high allergy potential and often cause excess mucus. This can accumulate in the ears and lead to earache and infection. Changing to an allergy formula or goats milk may resolve this and the safe, effective remedy EarCare will treat the earache and infection symptoms. Remember too that grain products like baby cereals can also be allergy triggers, as are other dairy products like yoghurt and cheeses. Homeopathic remedies for excess mucus like MucoCare are excellent for chronic fluid build-up in the ears, as is the Sister Lilian Tissue Salt Kali mur.

My toddler of 2 years has suffered with itchy skin rashes since six months. She also had cradle cap as a baby and I was told that this often leads to eczema. Do you have any suggestions for natural treatment?

Rashes of one kind or another are very frequent in babies and small children, one of the most common being eczema. The most effective strategy is to establish what the cause is and avoid that. It is always important to ask what changed at about the time the problem started as therein lies the vital clue to treating the problem. The following perspectives and tips frequently alleviate the problem, no matter the specific diagnosis. Allergy-related rash is often triggered by a baby's milk or food. If there are allergies in close family members, the chances are even greater. Dairy and grain products are the most common triggers. Early foods should rather concentrate on homemade veggies and fresh fruit. Reduce sugary foods (cakes, cookies, sugary drinks) and carbohydrates like pasta, pizza and potatoes drastically with toddlers and older children for rapid and excellent results. Increase naturally fatty foods like nuts, seeds, sardines, salmon and avocado and give healthy sweet treats like dates. Soaps, lotions and detergents are also a possible cause and you might need to change these.

Homeopathic remedies are safe and effective to help treat rash and eczema, specifically Calendula tablets and the Sister Lilian Tissue Salt Kali sulph. Give these 3x/day for an extended period as skin rashes tend to be chronic conditions. Supplement essential fatty acids too.

Pregnancy

I am very anxious about giving birth as I hear so many frightening stories from friends. What is the best way to deliver a baby and is there a way to ensure a good experience?

It is very common to be anxious about labour and birth or to want to know more about the best way to give birth and one’s options in this regard. Anxiety is mostly about pain and how to deal with it, possible complications and often too about the effects of birth on one’s body. It is very sad that women think that a typical ‘normal’ hospital delivery with all the usual procedures is the same as a ‘natural’ birth. There are really 3 ways to give birth - normal vaginal delivery, Caesarean section and then there is the option of natural birth (as Mother Nature intended, not as we humans have tried to impose our methods on an event which can be so beautiful and empowering). The best birth depends a little on the unfolding events toward the end of pregnancy and during labour. If one really requires medical intervention or a Caesarean section (either for mother or baby) then that is the best birth, just as a truly natural birth is the best if all is well with both. Anxiety always makes birth more difficult as this raises adrenaline and cortisol levels in the bloodstream and these suppress the hormones that make labour easier and reduce pain naturally. Rescue Birth and Recovery is excellent for reducing anxiety levels and improving coping ability in the later stages of pregnancy, for labour and during the early adjustment to motherhood period. Most women are able to give natural birth and the experience is empowering and often life-changing. A simple belief in the ability of one’s mind and body to do well what it is essentially designed to do is core and Rescue Birth and Recovery helps women tap into this phenomenal power.

I experience frequent cramping in the muscles of my calves and feet. Why is this and what can I do to prevent it?

Cramping of leg and foot muscles in pregnancy as well as a heavy ache in the legs is quite common due to the extra magnesium requirements as well as the increased demands on the circulatory system. A magnesium supplement may be very helpful or one can take the effective Sister Lilian Tissue Salt Mag phos – an excellent addition to food and supplementation sources of magnesium. Mag phos helps improve assimilation of magnesium from food and supplements. Use this remedy 3x/day and again during any cramping episode. Follow this with a warm drink as magnesium's action is strengthened by warmth. Pull the toes of the affected side up toward your knee and massage the cramping muscles. Eat foods rich in magnesium like nuts, seeds, bananas and leafy green vegetables, regularly. If all this does not help and especially if there are varicose veins, shortness of breath or pain between cramping sessions, see your practitioner , as occasionally there might be a more serious problem, like blood clotting.

I have been so moody and emotional since falling pregnant and feel that I no longer know myself, nor do I have any control over my feelings. Why is this and is there any natural help for this?

It is very normal to feel more emotional during pregnancy. This may well include irritability, anger, moodiness, anxiety, tearfulness and a feeling of needing one’s personal space back. Fluctuations in hormone levels contribute to emotional swings but there are other factors to consider too. One’s body, mind and emotions have never been anywhere like this before and every facet of life is affected. This can lead to bucket loads of tears, anxiety and even depression in pregnancy. Women quite often feel very alone when pregnant. Even those close to them don’t always offer the support she really needs. Extra tender loving care and nurturing from those close to one will help. Pregnancy is a more ‘feminine’ and sensitive phase in life and one is supposed to be more emotional! It’s not all bad! However, Mother Nature in the form of Rescue Emotion provides safe and effective support and self-help. The Sister Lilian Tissue Salt Nat Mur can also assist from a mineral perspective. Often this is all that is needed to put a smile on one’s face again and help one enjoy the magical experience of pregnancy.

I have painful twinges that seem to affect different parts of my torso at different times – backache, just right of my navel and in my groin. My doctor says this is normal and I will just have to grin and bear it, but is there really no help at hand?

The many aches and pains in the abdomen, back, ribs, navel area, sides, groin, hip bones, pelvis, pubic bones (symphisis pubis pain) and thighs in pregnancy are mostly due to the stretching and relaxing of ligaments that hold the bones together and organs in place. In pregnancy, the increased levels of the hormone progesterone is mostly responsible for this. It is one way Mother Nature ensures easier birth as relaxed ligaments allow the pelvic outlet to become roomier as baby pushes through. Of course, some women have a lower pain tolerance and then Rescue Birth and Recovery will safely improve general coping. Exercise and massage are both helpful for ligament pain but it is also advisable to take the Sister Lilian Tissue Salts Calc fluor and Ferr phos to improve elasticity and strength of ligaments. Correct posture is important too - try and correct this by pulling in tummy muscles and buttocks, keeping shoulders back and down and slightly tilting the chin upwards, as this too can help. If there are any symptoms like vaginal bleeding, an abnormal discharge, fever or severe digestive discomfort (vomiting, diarrhoea, bad inexplicable constipation or bloating), one should consult one’s practitioner for further investigation.

Just a few weeks after my nausea passed, my pregnancy has been made uncomfortable by frequent heartburn and indigestion. Is there anything natural and safe that can be taken to relieve these symptoms?

Nausea, loss of appetite, bloating and burping, aversion to certain foods, unpleasant tastes on the tongue or in the mouth, heartburn and indigestion in pregnancy are all quite common and mostly related. Rescue Digest provides excellent and safe treatment. Tense women seem more prone to digestive symptoms so try and relax as much as possible and if anxious by nature, take safe Rescue Emotion. Supplement Vitamin B6 and sip ginger tea as well. Eat smaller meals more frequently and eat a little before rising in the morning. Try and make one meal a day only fruit. Heartburn also responds well to chewing a mint leaf or a piece of liquorice, raising the head of the bed a little or sleeping on a continental pillow or two. All these digestive symptoms may however be related to pregnancy supplements and a change to the digestive system friendly Vital and Natrodale brands might make all the difference. The Sister Lilian Tissue Salts Nat phos and Nat sulph give additional help for digestive discomfort. Very occasionally bad and persistent heartburn can be a more serious symptom of possible pregnancy complications, needing medical assistance.

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