From a study of the symptomatology associated with specific states of the intestinal flora drug pictures have been evolved. The bowel nosodes are specially valuable in childhood. Morgan co., and Morgan pure (Paterson) are the “skin nosodes” and are often required in infantile eczema. Dysentery co., has a specific action on the pylorus, and has a clinical record in pyloro-spasm and in congenital pyloric stenosis.
The association of remedies with pathological states is helpful in prescribing in childhood as in other fields of medicine. The use of Arnica for the infant (and the mother) after difficult labour, Alumina for constipation in breast-fed infants and Chamomilla in painful dentition are well-known examples.
For over forty years Lathyrus sativa has been widely used as an effective prophylactic in infantile paralysis. Dr. Taylor Smith has confirmed its value in a recent epidemic. Diphtherinum 200 has proved a successful safeguard against diphtheria in an epidemic or when given to contacts. Dr. Paterson has demonstrated that Diphtherinum in potency can alter the Schick reaction from negative to positive. The association of various remedies with the acute infections of childhood is well-known. Dr. Burnetts “specific” for mumps was Pilocarpine muriate (3X). Either the salt or Pilocarpine itself in 30th potency seems to have an almost specific effect in mumps. There is one skin condition of childhood which is definitely associated with a remedy. Impetigo contagiosa and Antimony. Dr. Tylers “specific” was Ant. tart.
Pneumonia, which strikes hardest at the extremes of life, is admirably studied from the viewpoint of associated remedies by Dr. Borland. His published lectures entitled Pneumonias is an invaluable guide. Dr. Borlands Childrens Types is also a worthy contribution to homoeopathic literature and is of great practical value in prescribing in chronic conditions.
Finally, there is one abnormal type of child — the Mongol — which tends to drift to the out-patients department. Nothing can, of course, be done to alter the Mongols characteristics, but almost invariably these children are helped physically and mentally by Medorrhinum.