Twelve Homeopathic Remedies for Kids of All Ages

Aconitum napellus:

Has your child suddenly developed a fever or fallen ill, especially after exposure to cold, dry air – or from an upsetting fright? Aconite may be what your child requires at the first sign of a cold. Children needing this remedy will typically have a high fever that comes on suddenly, often at night, be thirsty for cold drinks and appear both anxious and restless.


Apis mellifica:

This remedy is made from the venom of a honey bee. One should consider this remedy for a child who has localized areas of swelling and redness – perhaps from hives, a bug bite or bee sting. The child will complain of burning and stinging pains and will be worse from heat, after sleep, and from touch (very sensitive to touch) and better from cold applications.



Even if you know very little about homeopathy, you’ve probably heard of this homeopathic remedy. It is perhaps the best known of all the remedies. Arnica is the first remedy to reach for when your child suffers a fall and suffers bruising or bumps as a result. It is also commonly used after overexertion for sore muscles. Especially good after a concussion.


Arsenicum album:

Does your child seem to be markedly worse from midnight to 2:00 AM, regardless of the ailment? If you find they are, then Arsenicum album is a remedy you should consider. Often indicated in cases of diarrhea and vomiting, a child needing this remedy will tend to be anxious and restless as well as thirsty, chillier than usual, and much better from warmth and warm drinks. Grinding of the teeth may be heard in sleep. Or, the nose might be blocked and runny at the same time with a cold.



Has your child suffered a burn that has formed a painful blister? Cantharis is a wonderful remedy for relieving both the pain and blistering of minor burns and sunburns. It is also useful in situations of pain where the sensation is one of burning.



No parent should be without this homeopathic remedy! It’s a remedy that’s helpful with children that have become overly sensitive to pain and are irritable, restless, impossible to please – and inconsolable as a result of it. A child needing this remedy is cranky in the extreme and cannot be quieted unless they are carried in a parent’s arms. Often useful in cases of teething, painful colic, insomnia, and other problems producing this characteristic temperament.



This homeopathic remedy is wonderful in first aid cases where a child has caught their fingers in a door, smashed a toe with a heavy object, or fallen hard on their tailbone. The pain experienced will be sharp and shooting. It is also a great remedy to consider if your child suffers a minor puncture wound which has injured some nerves.



This remedy is my favorite for griefs big and small. The loss of the family pet, a first time experience away at summer camp, a best friend moving away, a fight with a group of kids at school: when there is acute grief, sadness, loss and possibly anger involved, Ignatia is unsurpassed in its ability to calm, soothe and re-center. Frequent sighing may be an indication that this remedy is needed.



This homeopathic remedy is another good one to consider in certain first aid situations. If, for instance, your child should suffer a bruise that does not fully yield to Arnica – Ledum will frequently finish the healing process and clear up lingering discoloration. It can also be useful in cases involving a blow to the eye resulting in pain and a black eye. The discomfort of insect bites or minor puncture wounds will often be remedied by a dose or two of Ledum as well. In all cases, the injured part will feel cold to the touch and will, oddly, feel better from cold applications.


Nux vomica:

This remedy is useful in cases of constipation, headache, nausea, and vomiting. A parent should consider this remedy when a sick child is irritable and cranky, has cold hands and feet and generally seems chillier than usual, despite seeming to have more heat in the head/face. They will also feel worse in the open air than they do when warm and cozy inside the house.



A sick child needing Pulsatilla is fairly easy to spot. They tend to be quite weepy, whiny and clingy and feel relief when carried and reassured constantly. They are uncomfortable in a warm room, feel much better in cool open air, and will likely be disinterested in drinking (as compared to their normal state). When a child has these characteristics and is suffering from earache or sinus congestion, especially with yellow nasal discharge, Pulsatilla is often indicated. Very common remedy indicated with ear infections.


Rhus tox:

This wonderful homeopathic remedy is an absolute must-have if members of your family are sensitive to poison ivy or poison oak. At the first sign of an itchy rash, this remedy should be administered to your child – with repeat doses given periodically should the itching persist. It is useful for other skin conditions such as hives and may also be helpful with muscle strains and even chicken pox! The child tends to be restless and better from heat.

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