Homeopathy for babies and children

Homeopathy is ideal for babies and children as it is a gentle yet highly effective system of medicine.

The mildly sweet pills, powders or liquids are easy to dispense and are more palatable than many conventional medicines. The highly diluted natural substances that form homeopathic remedies mean that they are safe to use in the very young, including newborn babies. More than that, homeopathy can raise the immunity of your children to help deal with illness throughout their childhood (1).

Homeopathy not only helps when your child is ill, It can also help prevent illness and give support through difficult periods of their life.

What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a system of medicine that has been practised all over the world for almost 250 years. Homeopathic remedies are made from plants, animal substances, minerals and salts and are diluted to such a high extent that few or no molecules remain in the medicine. They work at an energetic level, stimulating the body’s own healing abilities – rather like a message to the immune system – and are prescribed on the principle of ‘like cures like’. A good example is where the remedy Allium cepa (onion) is prescribed for hayfever when the eyes are stinging and hot, which is similar to what happens when you cut up an onion!


What complaints can you safely treat at home?

Homeopathy works fast with children because they are usually full of vitality. Acute conditions such as ear infections, tonsillitis and flu, can be resolved rapidly using the right remedies, often avoiding the need for conventional medicines. Babies also tend to respond quickly to homeopathic treatment – there are remedies for colic, teething and nappy rash, for example.


Childhood vaccination

Healthy children bounce back from acute illnesses and may even experience a growth spurt or developmental leap immediately after an illness. Homeopathy can help boost your child’s natural immunity. Homeopaths work with a different health model from the bio-medical one, which aims to increase "herd immunity". Every child is special and has their own physical and emotional way of dealing with disease. This knowledge requires individual treatment tailored to your child’s needs, which homeopathy provides.

The Society acknowledges that there is much anecdotal and scientific evidence to support the arguments presented for and against vaccination. Our members aim to support parents in making rational, informed decisions on the short and long-term implications of vaccination. Whether you decide to opt for the jabs or not, homeopathic treatment can improve natural immunity or lessen the chance of side effects from vaccination.


What Homeopaths do we recommend?
Dr Marike de Klerk

Functional medicine, Bioterrain Theraphy, Pediatrics, Coute and Cronic diseases

Shop 14, Mooikloof village welness centre, C/O Garsfontein and Jollify rd, Mooikloof

Tel: +27 12 996 3365, Cell: +27 71 610 2852, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Dr A. Ford

Allergies, Chelation, Homoeopathy & Intergrative Medicine, Metabolic Balance, Thermography

Lynnwood Corporate Park North Building, Cnr Sanlam Street & Alkantrant Road, Lynnwood Manor, 0081

Tel: +27 12 361 5753



(1) Belon P, Cumps J, Ennis M, et al, Inhibition of human basophil degranulation by successive histamine dilutions: results of a European multicentre trial, Inflamm Res 1999; 48 & Sainte-Laudy J, Modulation of allergen and anti-IgE induced human basophil activation by serial histamine dilutions. Inflamm Res 2000;49.
(2) Weekly incidence of asthma episodes up 6% in children in last 25yrs. National Asthma Campaign, Audit Sept. 2001, Asthma UK.
(3) GP Magazine, 12 November 2004.
(4) Systemic adverse effects may occur with longterm use of inhaled cortico-steroids. Department of Health website 2005.
(5) Selective Seratonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are not suitable for the under-18’s. Department of Health website 2005.

Nothing contained in this leaflet should be taken as individual medical advice or as a substitute for consulting your homeopath or healthcare practitioner.



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