In the treatment of a child suffering from an attack of asthma, acidosis or other acute psychosomatic disorder, the approach is similar to the treatment of injury or acute infection, to observe the pattern of individual reaction and match this with a remedy, known from its provings and / or therapeutic record to be capable of dealing with it. In asthma, if no unusual pattern is followed such as relief from lying down (Psorinum) or relief when kneeling in the knee-elbow position (Medorrhinum), Arsenicum iodatum 6, 1- hourly or 2-hourly is a useful routine prescription. In attacks of cyclical vomiting or other manifestation of the periodic syndrome, Dysentery co. 30 or 200 2-hourly is useful in the mentally tense child who gets sick on excitement such as when preparing to go to a party, and for others Senna 6, 2-hourly as recommended by Dr. Vannier of Paris. Phosphorus and Lycopodium are sometimes indicated in the attack. Homoeopathy is of service in the treatment of many other acute conditions, to suggest other applications of this thoroughly tested method of therapy. To sum up, the homoeopathic approach in acute disease is to give the patient a drug, the effects of which in health closely correspond with the pattern of symptoms reflecting the patient’s attempt to get well and thereby enhancing the natural tendency to recovery.