measles epidemic

Measles GirlMeasles is a hot topic at the moment. But how to treat it homeopathically if you suspect your child is infected? Have a look at the following remedies below but seek advice from your health care provider if you are concerned. I highly recommend an excellent article by Miranda Castro on her website entitled Homeopathy for Childhood Illnesses. She is hugely supportive of the emotions parents go through when faced with a childhood illness such as measles. She gives a lot of information and goes on to recommend how to look after yourself too as the carer.

The symptoms of Measles are quite similar to a cold or flu in the beginning, with fever, cough, sore throat, and/or puffy face which usually occurs before the rash appears. Often there is also sensitivity to light. At this stage the child is most infectious. During this time the child may develop white spots on the inside of their cheeks. The rash often appears behind the neck and cheeks and may spread from there. The incubation period is 10 to 12 days.

A cleansing diet without meat or dairy and with plenty of water, fruit and vegetables may aid recovery. Vitamin A is given to malnourished children in third world countries to feed the body’s natural defences against diseases including measles. However, it has been reported that even a mild vitamin A deficiency can affect the body’s ability to fight infections. Considering vitamin A is found in the foods that our children don’t always eat (such as green leafy veg, spinach, sweet potatoes and liver) it is worth considering supplementing1. Vitamin C has been reported to reduce the chances of complications. For vaccination issues do have a look at Arnica and The Informed Parent.

The following may be useful remedies. Take 30c three times a day. Stop if symptoms improve.

  • Aconite – Useful for the beginning stages of the measles. There is fever, restlessness, and anxiety. There may be a dry cough.
  • Belladonna – The person may be hot and red with fever and dilated pupils, they may have a throbbing headache.
  • Pulsatilla – The person is restless and wanting cool air. There may be thick, yellow catarrh. The Child (or adult) wants cuddles and to be comforted, and may be whining.
  • Euphrasia – Light affects the person considerably. Eyes are sore and watering, and the nose is running.
  • Bryonia – The person will not want to move at all and will complain of the least movement. Rash is slow to appear and there may be a dry cough with no phlegm.

  1. WDDTY, June 2013, p27, ‘Give them an A’ 

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