CHILDRENS TYPES


The impression you get of the child is that it is tired. tired mentally and tired physically-just generally weary. And in spite of that, they are restless, twitchy, fidgety. And one of the almost constant things that I have come across in the Zinc. children is that when they are tired they get a very persistent, aching pain in the lower cervical region, very often with burning pains going right down the back.


I thing last day we finished up with Chamomilla, and the next one is Cina, which is a very interesting comparison with Chamomilla because I thing you will agree that most people start with a dose of Chamomilla and if it doesnt work they give a dose of Cina, and it isnt a very scientific way of proceeding, and I think it is better to have a clear idea of what Cina is like and where the difficulties arise.

I think the outstanding mental distinction between the Chamomilla child and the Cina child is that in Cina you have got a degree of obstinacy that you never meet with in the Chamomilla. The Chamomilla kid is always unstable; the Cina child can be obstinate as mule. I think that is the main mental distinction.

Then there are various other points which are a help. I think the first one is that in Chamomilla you are likely to get an irregular flushing-flushing of one cheek and pallor of the other. You may get the whole face red, but you are more likely to get the irregular distribution. In the Cina child you much more commonly get a circumscribed red patch on the cheeks, and very often a noticeable pallor about the mouth, the mouth and nose.

Then I think the next thing about them is I mean the next distinguishing thing about them is that both dislike to be handled, they both resent interference, but in the Chamomilla it is much more mental resentment, whereas the Cina child is definitely tender to touch.

You will very often find that you get the same description of the two, that they will yell when you handle them, but you find that once you get over the preliminary discomfort for handling in the Cina children they are quite peaceful, they allow you to carry them about, it will quiet them down; where as in Chamomilla they are wanting distraction all the time, if you stop walking about with them they are likely to strike at you they are always wanting to be doing something new. You do not get that reaction in the Cina. But the Cina kid will want you to go on carrying it; in other words, the steady, passive motion does soothe them down.

Then there is another distinguishing point in Cina which you do not get in Chamomilla; the Cina children are very apt to be sick, and so are the Chamomilla ones, but you will commonly find that in the Cina children after they have vomited, and almost immediately after, they are hungry. And you will very often find the Cina children are crying out for more food immediately after a meal. And in the Cina child you are very likely to get a story of nightmares, night terrors, if the child had had a late meal.

Then, another thing that will help you when you are distinguishing between Chamomilla and Cina is in their diarrhoeic upsets. They both get diarrhoea. The typical; Chamomilla green stool is noticeably absent in Cina. The typical Cina stool is a white stool-a very white, watery stool. And there is one constant characteristic about the Cina child, both in its digestive upsets and ordinarily too, and that is that it gets relief and ordinarily the abdomen; if it has got a colic it will turn over on to its tummy. It it is being carried about while it has colic it will turn over the nurses arm so as to get pressure on its tummy; if it is restless at night, again it turns over on to the abdomen and is at peace.

Then as far as their temperature reaction. The Cina kids are always chilly; they are sensitive to any draughts of air, and they are very liable to get irregular muscular twitchings particularly after any excitement, and very often you will notice it particularly in the muscles of the face.

Then in the slightly older children there is another mental characteristic of the Cina child, and that is that they are frightfully touchy, they have got a complete inability to see a joke of nay kind particularly if it refers to themselves.

Douglas Borland
Douglas Borland M.D. was a leading British homeopath in the early 1900s. In 1908, he studied with Kent in Chicago, and was known to be one of those from England who brought Kentian homeopathy back to his motherland.
He wrote a number of books: Children's Types, Digestive Drugs, Pneumonias
Douglas Borland died November 29, 1960.