Indicated in the 1st stage, when the case begins with high fever, till exudation has began.
Antimonium Tartaricum [Ant-t]
An invaluable drug in diseases of the chest. Indicated in Broncho-Pneumonia, that begins as Bronchitis and extends downwards, more in catarrhal form, and esp. suited to cases, that begin in the right side, with great oppression and sharp, stitching pains in the chest and high fever [Bryonia]; mucous rales are heard distinctly in the chest. Loose rattling mucus is characteristic.
Also after Ipecac, when the cough grows less and less frequent, the chest is so filled with mucus that the child cannot cough; he grows more and more drowsy. Give it in frequent doses, until the cough increases.
The symptoms indicating it are: Mucous rales are heard all through the chest, both anteriorly and posteriorly. The cough is spasmodic and is usually attended with vomiting of mucus, There may be fever and the child may have difficulty in breathing.
It is one of the best remedies in Broncho-Pneumonia or Capillary Bronchitis of the infants, esp. if caused by a warm, moist atmosphere. I have used the remedy in all potencies, that is to say, from the 3rd to the 20 thousandth, and I have been well-satisfied with the action. It often precedes Antimonium Tart.
Kali Carb [Kali-c]
Similar to the symptoms of the drug in Bronchitis. (See P. 8).
Indicated when the right side is more markedly affected. Loud rales are heard all through the affected part. The expectoration is thick and yellowish and there is fan-like motion of the alae nasi.
Should be given after Ipecac., when the inflammatory symptoms increase.
Indicated when Antimonium Tart. apparently well-indicated fails to control the symptoms. Loud rales are heard all through the chest, esp. in the left lung. It is esp. indicated when there is Atelectasis.
I have used the drug when the child was drowsy and the lungs seemed to be all clogged up. The urine is apt to be scanty and dark, from the admixture of blood.
It must be given frequently.