By Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na)
Excerpt from Joette’s latest book, How to Raise a Drug Free Family, which she’s currently using to teach her first webinar course for mothers. Posted on DrMomma.org at author's request.
Croup Cough: This is my favorite kind of cough. Why? It has been shown that the degree of relief is dramatic whenever treated with homeopathic remedies.
But before embarking on the remedies and their differentiation, let’s make certain that you know what a croupy cough is like. Croup has that distinct sound. It sounds exactly like a seal barking. And for that reason, it is an alarming sound that can frighten both the parents and the child suffering from it. However, the results of choosing the correct remedy are so striking that it’s a pleasure to learn these remedies.
Croup is an illness that usually afflicts children from ages 1-4. It is one result of a minor respiratory infection followed by laryngitis. What often results is a horrible seal-bark cough that develops at night.
Dr. Boenninghausen, a famous German homeopathic doctor, was renowned for his simplification of this cough by addressing it with one of two remedies. I love when, in homeopathy, we can distill a remedy choice to simply one of three choices.
The first remedy to consider is Aconitum. This is not difficult to understand, because Aconitum is a remedy for a quick onset and needs to be used within the first 12 to 24 hours of affliction. Often another indicator for the use of Aconitum is that the child is frightened and restless with anxiety. This is the very picture of Aconitum. Give Aconitum 30 each hour, but if there is improvement, prolong the dosage frequency, so that it is only given every 2 hours. When improvement is obvious, stop. Sleep is considered to be "good improvement." So if your little one falls asleep, go right back to sleep with him. The event is likely over.
If not, and the cough persists, follow your last doses of Aconitum with Spongia tosta. And continue using it until he either falls asleep or the cough is finished. If it reaches the wee hours of the morning, and your babe is still coughing, or the breath doesn’t have a velvety quality to it, as it should, then give Hepar sulph 30.
It is encouraging to note that in most cases, a child will not need anything more than Aconitum. Job well done!
Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom, is certified classical homeopath who teaches and consults with moms the world over via phone and SKYPE.
For a free download of 10 Toxins and How to Antidote Them With Homeopathy go to www.homeopathyworks.net and find it on the “Free Downloads and Articles” section of the homepage. Then, consider scheduling a free 15 minute conversation with Joette to see if homeopathy is a fit for your, or your child’s, health strategy.
The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only and may not be construed as medical advice. The reader is encouraged to make independent inquires and to seek the advice of a licensed healthcare provider.