Homoeopathy and Children

Homoeopathy and emotional and behavioural problems of Children discussed by D.M.Foubister….

Most children settle down quickly in the ward, but the very timid or the very tense, or desperately homesick child can usually be given a homoeopathic remedy which will restore him to happiness. Phosphorus is the most commonly indicated remedy for the very frightened child. The Phosphorus child is responsive, loves affection and gives it out. Pulsatilla love affection but is not so responsive. Calcarea phos. is another drug with sometimes a craving for affection. Responsiveness, fear and hyperactivity of the senses are a triad of symptoms found in the Phosphorus child. The child often shrinks away when you go to examine her or asks “What are you going to do to me?” Phosphorus 200 or 10m is the routine prescription for pre-operative anxiety. Sometimes Pulsatilla or Ignatia are required. The latter is occasionally invaluable when a very young child is separated from his parents and experiences acute grief because to him he has “Lost” his parents forever. The terribly tense child settles down on Dysentery co. 200. Capsicum 200 is the first remedy to think of in homesickness. Sometimes a child reacts to the new situation of being in the ward by developing dirty habits, and Sulph. 200 is almost always followed by a dramatic change for the better. The Ward Sister sometimes asks “Can we give this child Sulphur?” for obvious reasons.

D. M. Foubister
Dr. Donald MacDonald Foubister B.Sc., M.B., Ch.B., D.C.H., F.F. Hom. 1902-1988, England
He was the Dean of Faculty of Homeopathy London. D. M. Foubister was Assistant Physician, Diseases of Children, to the Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital. Circa 1950’s. He authored the following works:
The Carcinosin Drug Pictures.
Constitutional Effects of Anaesthesia.
Homeopathy and Pediatrics.
Lac caninum.
Significance of Past History in Homoeopathy.
Therapeutic Hints For Students.
Tutorials On Homeopathy.