The call of civilisation demands a minimising of pain and suffering incidental to human illness and making its treatment short, safe, sure, painless, and simple to understand and apply This is all the more imperative in the case of the helpless little ones who cannot even properly their suffering or choose the avenue of treatment and have to be entirely at the mercy of parents and physician. If their suffering cannot be effectively mitigated, it should not, at least, be multiplied by the toxic and harmful effects of drastic drugs. The writer has seen the pitiful end of a number of children by the total stoppage of urine as a result of the administration of sulpha drugs.
A case is recalled where Chloromycetin was administered to a girl of 6 years for typhoid. The fever magically departed but with it departed the patient too. On the 4th day of starting the drug the child developed persistent vomiting which the physician could not control. He asked the writer if the vomiting could be stopped by “your homoeopathy.” A few doses of Arsenicum alb. 30 stopped the vomiting and the child was able to retain glucose water and fruit juice. But she continued sinking, the coma deepened and death closed the scene.
One looks back upon numerous cases where children with a tendency to frequent attacks of bronchitis or pneumonia are given Penicillin which controls the individual attacks but the tendency to recurrence remains untouched and each subsequent attack is severer than the previous one, with steady deterioration of the children’s appetite and health.
Numerous cases of faulty mental and physical development are given tonics and vitamins over long periods with results which are practically next to nil. It is a regular tug of war to administer medicines and injections to these little ones who begin to yell and cry while they are yet on the way to the doctor’s clinic.
As against this picture, let us examine the effects of the homoeopathic management of these little ones. They feel pleasure in visiting their friend who gives them the sweet little globules. From the most ordinary ailments to the most serious ones, Homoeopathy will never betray the physicians and the parents, provided, of course, the case does not come in at too advanced a stage when the illness may have become incurable.
DENTITION which often presents most difficult problems in unaided cases, becomes so easy in homoeopathically managed children that the parents marvel and offer unsolicited praises. Two cases are recalled where after the falling out of milk teeth several months had elapsed and the new teeth were not even visible in spite of the administration of ounces of calcium. In the one case, a dose of Calcarea carb. 200., and in the other, a dose of Calcarea phos. 200., according to constitutional indications, played the trick to the marvel of the parents and the allopath family physicians.
MENTAL AND PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT. Homoeopathy has remedies to correct aberrations, abnormalities and backwardness in physical and mental growth. Fear, anger, irritability, impulsiveness, etc., can be considerably modified. A case may be cited as an illustration. Bunny, aged about one and a quarter years, showed marked lack of intelligence and lack of interest in toys or anything else around him. He would just keep sitting with his back bent, and not move or crawl even.
Two doses of Baryta carb. 200., once a month, brought about a marvellous change. The effects were visible within a week and he started playing, crawling smiling and exhibiting all manner of signs of mental development. Now about 3 years old, he is a well grown and intelligent chap normal in every way.
TUBERCULAR CONDITIONS. The writer has found Homoeopathy very effective in caries of bones of children. A number of cases of hip-joint disease have been successfully treated. A case is recalled in which a girl of about 6 years had caries of the lower end of the right femur. The abscess was operated upon twice by a famous surgeon but the thing did not heal up properly and two sinuses were left each time. The girl’s general health was much dilapidated. She used to get a lot of offensive perspiration on the forehead, lacked grit and stamina, and was generally constipated.
In the beginning she was put upon Silicea 200. and later 1000. with considerable all round improvement. When further progress stopped, she was given Phosphorus 30. and later 200. Once, while she was almost cured, she had a fall and the whole trouble flared up again. But the condition was promptly controlled. The whole treatment took about a year and a half. The girl is now a picture of health.
SURGICAL CONDITIONS. Homoeopathy is well renowned for rescuing many a patient from the surgeon’s knife. The writer has been able to save a number of children from being operated upon for mastoid with the help of Belladonna and Mercurius sol. and to save many a tonsil from being removed with the aid of Belladonna, Mercurius, Hepar, Calcarea carb., Calcarea phos., Baryta. carb., Silicea, etc. These are only two conditions mentioned for illustrative purposes, and Homoeopathy may be relied upon in so many other conditions where orthodox medicine has nothing to offer except the needle and the knife.
CONVULSIONS. Special mention must be made of the efficacy of Homoeopathy in convulsions whether due to high fever, worms epilepsy or other nondescript causes. The writer can look back upon numerous cases helped with Belladonna, Cicuta, Cuprum, Gelsemium, etc., to the marvel of bewildered and dismayed parents. Several cases of epilepsy in the little ones have been cured with Calcarea carb. and Silicea. The writer is able to recall a case where the best indicated remedies like Belladonna,
Cicuta, Cuprum, Hyoscyamus, etc., failed, and in utter frustration and as a last resort Sulphur 30. was tried to clear up the psoric obstruction, and the child has never had convulsions since then. He used to get convulsions during the least fever.
SERIOUS CASES.Homoeopathy will not let the physician down even in the most desperate cases. In the writer’s experience little patients, on the verge of death despite the best orthodox treatment, have been saved by Homoeopathy. One of these, a dysentery case about 8 months old, was actually tossing in the bed on account of restlessness and wanted a little water every few minutes. The other one, a girl of two years suffering from dysentery, was cyanosed and gasping for her last breath; in addition to the typical thirst expressed by her opening her mouth every few minutes for water, she expressed her restlessness by moving the head from side to side, being too weak to move the body.
Earlier history showed marked restlessness. Both the cases were saved by Arsenicum alb. 30. Another desperate case of dysentery, a boy of about 1 year and 4 months, was saved with Helleborus. He had been suffering for more than a fortnight, passing twenty to thirty stools daily. The extraordinary feature of the illness was that even after a few days of its commencement he appeared to be stunned by its violence and became comatose. He could not be aroused and showed no response if pinched or pricked.
There he lay, staring with eyes wide open, with vacant looks, rolling the head from side to side, sometimes throwing his arms about, head retracted, pupils insensible to light, swallowing water greedily when offered. He was opening the mouth widely off and on, and gasping for his last breath. A number of typhoid cases in similar and even worse condition have been rescued by Homoeopathy from the grave.
Before closing, it would be worth while to emphasise that the foundation of many chronic diseases is laid in infancy and early life, and that by correcting the dynamic disorders in the functioning of vital energy at the earliest stages, Homoeopathy is capable of nipping a lot of future mischief in the bud, giving the child an opportunity to develop into healthy youth, unhampered by many an obstacle capable of marring his future. We homoeopaths can legitimately take pride in having been endowed by Almighty Providence with such potent yet sweet and pleasant remedial means of banishing sickness and suffering and restoring health, especially in the cases of these little ones who are the hopes of the future world. DEHRA DUN, U.P., INDIA.