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Homeopathy: A Safe, Natural Solution for Children's Coughs, Colds, and Flu

by Seema Khaneja, m.D. anD nancy boyer, n.P.

Table of Contents

Pages 2-3

Introduction FDA advisory Clinical applications Use of homeopathic medications Use of homeopathic combination medications

Pages 4-5

Hyland's cough/cold/flu medicines for children

Pages 6-7

About homeopathy

Pages 7-8

Research bibliography

Safe. effective. natural.


In october of 2008, the Food and Drug administration (FDa) supported labeling of over-the-counter (oTc) cough and cold medications so that they should not be used in children younger than 2 years of age. The FDa was acting in response to lack of data showing efficacy of cough and cold medications in children as well as serious adverse effects including tachycardia, decreased levels of consciousness, seizures and even death. It seems that everyday we hear about how a certain drug is being pulled off the market because of some adverse effect. In our clinical training we are all taught that as much as possible we should offer treatments that first and foremost do no harm, based on the principles of hippocrates. however, it appears that our current system of medicine is often unable to live up to this ideal. homeopathy is a system of medicine that has been used worldwide safely and successfully for over 200 years, and actually lives up to the hippocratic principle of doing no harm. homeopathy recognizes the body's innate ability to heal, and provides medications that support the body's own healing capacity. homeopathy views illness not as an enemy to be suppressed but as the body's language that needs to be understood. It encourages us to listen to the body, understand what it is asking from us and respond with medications and therapies that are unique to each individual. Furthermore, homeopathy is grounded in a scientific method and supported by clinical research. come and learn how homeopathy can offer you tools that empower you to care more effectively for your patients by empowering them to take better care of themselves.

Clinical Applications

TreaTmenT oF coughS, colDS & Flu In chIlDren

Parents and caregivers need to be reassured that coughs and colds are a normal part of childhood. Parents can be encouraged to view colds and coughs as opportunities for their child to build resistance and immunity. · To prevent the flu, public health reminders include the use of proper hygiene (handwashing with soap for 20 seconds) and avoiding crowds. · Do not use aspirin to treat the flu. · If symptoms persist or worsen, be prepared to refer child to see their doctor for additional treatment options.

Use of homeopathic medications

homeopathic medications are widely available over the counter medications that are highly diluted preparations of naturally occurring plant, mineral and animal substances. They have been used successfully all over the world for the past 200 years with an excellent safety profile. The use of homeopathic medications for the management of cough and cold symptoms in children is supported by data and clinical research. (Source: british homeopathic association) homeopathic medications are regulated by the FDa so are unlikely to contain any toxic components. Furthermore, homeopathic medications are prepared according to standardized methods as outlined in an official guide - homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the uS (hPuS). The homeopathic Pharmacopoeia convention of the uS (hPcuS) advises and make recommendations to FDa on setting standards of homeopathic medications. This helps to assure quality and consistency across different homeopathic manufacturers. homeopathic medications are safe to use. They are often available in the form of sweet tasting pellets, tablets or liquids, so are palatable and acceptable to most children. They support the body's own healing capacity and do not interact with other medications, so they can be given alongside conventional medications without any interactions. homeopathic medications can be administered in the form of single ingredients or combinations of remedies.

ParenTS can alSo be InFormeD ThaT:

· Preschool and school age children average six to eight colds annually. · a cough is a normal defensive response that helps clear the airway of inhaled material such as bacteria, secretion and mucus, and healthy children may cough 1 to 34 times daily.1 · Fever (101°F or less) if present, is a healthy response to the infection and generally lasts 24 to 48 hours. · Viruses cause all colds and flu and most coughs and sore throats, and antibiotics do not work on virus infections.2 · Viruses are the most common cause of cough in children, and the cough can typically last 2 to 3 weeks in duration. · antibiotics do not help a child with a cold or cough sleep through the night. · oTc cough and cold medications containing phenylephrine, diphenhydramine, psuedoephedrine, cloropheniramine, brompheniramine, dextromethorphan, guaifensisin, and doxylamine are not a safe or effective treatment option for children under 4 years of age. · Parents need to understand that most colds and coughs are self-limited and will improve on their own without treatment. most children have an amazing ability to heal if given the right combination of time, fluids, rest and reassurance. humidifiers, vaporizers and normal saline drops also can help alleviate cough and cold symptoms. · many parents also are not aware that similar to adults, children can also have an increased risk of coughs and colds due to increased stress. Too many children are overscheduled with school, athletic and extracurricular activities. helping children find ways to cope effectively with daily stressors and encouraging them to rest and relax both have been shown to decrease duration of cough and cold symptoms in children.3 · Symptoms of the flu may be similar to cough and cold except for the intensity. The child looks sick, feels achy all over, is without appetite, and very often presents with a dry hacking cough, low grade fever less than 103°F.

There are also safe alternative approaches, e.g., FDAregulated homeopathic combination medicines that assist the body to begin the healing process, and can be used in young children without having to worry about any side effects.

1. munyard P. bush. how much coughing is normal? arch. Dis. child 1996;74:531-534 2. american academy of Pediatrics 2005 `antibiotics and your child' 3. carr rr, nahata mc. complementary and alternative medicine for upperrespiratory-tract infections in children. am. j. health System Pharm. 2006; 63:33-39

Why Choose Homeopathy?

· cost-effective · minimal to no side effects · can be used with conventional medications without contraindications or drug interactions · holistic approach · holistic approach, works wiht the body's innate ability to heal · empowers the practitioner, child and parent to reaffirm the body's own healing capacity

FDA Advisory

according to a 2005 centers for Disease control and Prevention (cDc) report on infant deaths from cough and cold medications, 1519 children less than 2 years old were treated in emergency departments for adverse events associated with oTc cough and cold preparations. In january of 2008, the Food and Drug administration (FDa) recommended that oTc drugs not be used to treat infants and children less than 2 years of age because of serious and potentially life-threatening side effects as well as lack of evidence of efficacy. In october of 2008 the FDa supported an even more restrictive labeling so that oTc cough and cold medications should not be used in children younger than 4 years of age. oTc cough and cold medications containing phenylephrine, diphenhydramine, psuedoephedrine, cloropheniramine, brompheniramine, dextromethorphan, guaifensisin, and doxylamine are not a safe or effective treatment option for children under 4 years of age.

Use of homeopathic combination medications

homeopathic medications are prescribed based on the law of Similars. The closer the medication matches the patients' symptoms, the better the clinical outcome. however, selecting single-ingredient homeopathic medications requires time and a familiarity with many homeopathic medications. In daily clinical practice, combination homeopathic medications can be recommended that contain many of the individual homeopathic medications that have been known to be effective in alleviating different symptoms of colds and coughs. This takes the guesswork out of prescribing. hyland's provides a complete array of cough and cold products that contain many of these medications and are safe and effective treatment options that you can recommend with confidence to your patients.



Hyland's Cold 'n Cough 4 Kids

4 FL. OZ. (118ML.) · 2+ Safe Age · 100% Natural new! hyland's cold `n cough 4 Kids is a great solution for multi-symptom cold relief for your children. our 100% natural formula offers safe and effective symptom relief of common cold symptoms, including sneezing, sore throat, and congestion. This fast-acting homeopathic formula is safe for kids 2 years old and up and comes in a great tasting sugar-free base that they won't mind taking. When colds strike, trust hyland's cold `n cough 4 Kids to relieve the many symptoms of the common cold. · great Tasting · Works without sleepy or stimulant side effects · contains no aspirin, acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, naproxen, Pseudoephedrine or Dextromethorphan · gentle, all natural, Safe

Hyland's Cold Relief Strips 4 Kids with Zinc

12 Quick-Dissolving Oral Strips · 2+ Safe Age · 100% Natural


Allium Cepa 6X HPUS For watery runny nose, cold, hacking cough, painful throat Hepar Sulph Calc 12X HPUS For cold, sneezing Phosphorus 12X HPUS For hoarse / dry cough, nasal congestion, chest congestion Pulsatilla 6X HPUS For spasmodic cough, cold, nasal congestion Sulphur 12X HPUS For chest congestion, nasal congestion, sneezing, burning runny nose Hydrastis 6X HPUS For rattling / tickling cough, sinus congestion, dry / raw / sore throat

new! cold relief 4 Kids with zinc provides all-natural, safe, and side effect-free relief for symptoms of the common cold in children including runny nose, sneezing and sore throat. It comes in individually wrapped, medicated strips that are portable and easy to administer to kids. hyland's cold relief 4 Kids with Zinc contains none of the ingredients that led to the recent voluntary recall of pediatric oTc cough/cold medicines indicated for children under 2. · gentle, all natural, Safe Formula · convenient, easy to Take Dissolving Strips · Works without sleepy or stimulant side effects · contains no aspirin, acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, naproxen, Pseudoephedrine or Dextromethorphan


Aconitum Napellus 6X HPUS For sneezing, runny eyes, sore throat with sudden onset Allium Cepa 6X HPUS For red runny eyes, runny nose, burning discharge gelsemium Sempervirens 6X HPUS For sneezing, headache, sore throat and cough Zincum gluconicum 2X HPUS For runny nose and sore throat

Hyland's Cough Syrup with 100% Natural Honey 4 Kids

4 FL. OZ. (118ML.) · 2+ Safe Age · 100% Natural hyland's cough Syrup with 100% natural honey 4 Kids is a safe, effective and natural solution to ease your child's cough. hyland's powerful homeopathic formula is in a 100% natural honey base. not only is honey traditionally used to help relieve cough symptoms, kids love the sweet natural flavor. hyland's cough Syrup with 100% natural honey offers soothing relief for many different kinds of cough and chest congestion. · great Tasting ­ contains orange honey · Works without sleepy or stimulant side effects · contains no aspirin, acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, naproxen, Pseudoephedrine or Dextromethorphan · gentle, all natural, Safe

Hyland's Complete Flu Care 4 KidsTM

12 Quick-Dissolving Oral Strips · 2+ Safe Age · 100% Natural new hyland's complete Flu care 4 Kids is the answer for fast relief. Its two-phase action makes hyland's complete Flu care 4 Kids a versatile solution to share with consumers looking to head off the flu early, or to relieve the nasty symptoms after the flu has set in. unlike other over-the-counter alternatives, hyland's complete Flu care 4 Kids is safe for the entire family, aspirin-free and works without side effects. Don't get caught off guard this flu season. Stock your medicine cabinet with hyland's complete Flu care today!


Ipecacuanha 6X HPUS For spasmodic, gagging cough Aconitum Napellus 6X HPUS For hoarse, dry croupy cough, chest congestion Spongia Tosta 6X HPUS For dry, barking cough Antimonium Tartaricum 6X HPUS For moist cough


eupatorium Perfoliatum 3X HPUS relieves body aches, headaches with pressure in eyes Bryonia Alba 3X HPUS relieves body aches, made better by wrapping up, sitting still gelsemium Sempervirens 3X HPUS relieves headache with pressure and feeling of band around head euphrasia Officinalis 3X HPUS For runny nose, cough, fever, chills Kali Iodatum 3X HPUS relieves headache, runny nose, fever Anas Barbariae Hepatis et Cordis extractum 200C HPUS relieves early onset flu symptoms

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Hyland's Sniffles `n Sneezes 4 Kids

125 Quick-Dissolving Tablets · 2+ Safe Age · 100% Natural colds are unbearable, but with hyland's Sniffles `n Sneezes 4 Kids, old man Winter doesn't have to have a hold on children this winter. This all natural, homeopathic medicine offers kids relief from the uncomfortable symptoms of the common cold - from sneezing and sore throat to runny eyes, runny nose and headache. Sniffles `n Sneezes 4 Kids is formulated especially for children ages 2-12, with an active ingredient proven to shorten the duration of colds by nearly half. · an all-natural, homeopathic medicine that relieves symptoms of the common cold, including sneezing, sore throat, runny eyes, runny nose and headaches · Zincum gluconicum, one of the active ingredients in Sniffles `n Sneezes, has been clinically proven to shorten the duration of a cold by nearly half · effective and free of aspirin, acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, naproxen, Pseudoephedrine or Dextromethorphan · Safe to take without side effects or interactions with other drugs · Quick dissolving tablets melt like magic

Hyland's Earache Drops

0.33 FL. OZ. (10 ML.) · 2+ Safe Age · 100% Natural hyland's earache Drops relieve earaches due to colds and allergies ... without relying on antibiotics. The medicines in hyland's earache Drops have been clinically shown to reduce earache symptoms during the first 48 hours of the episode. Safe, all natural, homeopathic - hyland's earache Drops is the choice for fast relief. hyland's earache formula is also available as quick-dissolving earache Tablets. after diagnosis by a physician. If symptoms persist for more than 48 hours or if there is a discharge from the ear, discontinue use and contact your health care professional.


Pulsatilla 30C HPUS For ear pain worse at night Chamomilla 30C HPUS For restlessness or irritability Sulphur 30C HPUS For ear pain with burning sensation Calcarea Carbonica 30C HPUS For throbbing, pulsing pain in ears Belladonna 30C HPUS (0.0000003% alkaloids) For fever and inflammation Lycopodium 30C HPUS For pain and congestion in ears


Aconitum Napellus 6X HPUS For sneezing, runny eyes, sore throat with sudden onset Allium Cepa 6X HPUS For red runny eyes, runny nose, burning discharge gelsemium Sempervirens 6X HPUS For sneezing, headache, sore throat, cough Zincum gluconicum 2X HPUS For runny nose and sore throat

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· rapid relief of earaches due to cold & allergies · 100% natural with no antibiotics, alcohol or sting · Safe to use with other medications Indications for Use: For the relief of symptoms of fever, pain, irritability and sleeplessness associated with earaches in children



About Homeopathy

WhaT IS homeoPaThy?

homeopathy is a system of medicine using highly diluted preparations of different plant, mineral and animal substances to heal many different types of illnesses. The word "homeopathy" is derived from the greek- "homeo" which means similar, and "pathos" meaning suffering. Developed by Samuel hahnemann more than 200 years ago, it is based on the law of similars--that like cures like. according to the 2007 national health Information Survey, which included a comprehensive survey of complementary and alternative medicine (cam) use by americans, an estimated 3.9 million uS adults and 900,000 children used homeopathy in the previous year. doses of cinchona over a short period of time until reached a stage where he manifested symptoms of malaria - fever, chills, sweating and weakness. hahnemann reasoned that the basis of efficacy of cinchona was related to the fact that this substance caused symptoms similar to that of malaria, and hence like cures like or Similia similibus curantur.


hoW are homeoPaThIc remeDIeS PrePareD?

homeopathic remedies are prepared from natural substances, found in the animal, mineral and vegetable kingdom, that go through a process of serial dilution and succussion (vigorous shaking). hahnemann discovered, through extensive experimentation, that the more a remedy is shaken and diluted, the more its curative power is increased while simultaneously decreasing toxicity.

There have been numerous studies that show homeopathy is effective against various medical conditions. Studies that follow patients with different chronic conditions treated with homeopathy over a period of time show positive results. For example, clinical outcome surveys at bristol homeopathic hospital and glasgow homeopathic hospital show a 60 to 70 percent clinical improvement in various chronic diseases with a reduction in the need for conventional therapy. The use of homeopathy in upper respiratory infections in children and adults has been supported by clinical research conducted worldwide. (Source: british homeopathic association)

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WhaT IS The laW oF SImIlarS?

The core principle in homeopathy is the law of Similars--that like cures like. basically, it states that a medicinal substance that can create a set of symptoms in a healthy individual can treat a sick individual who is manifesting similar symptoms. This law has been found in writings of hippocrates as well as in ancient Indian and chinese texts. While hahnemann wasn't the first to discover the law of similars, he was the first physician to conduct extensive systematic experiments that put this law into clinical practice.

are homeoPaThIc remeDIeS SaFe?

homeopathic medicines are safe with very rare side effects. They can be taken along with conventional medicines. remedies are made according to strict guidelines found in an official manual, homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the uS. homeopathic medicines are regulated by the FDa.

WhaT conDITIonS can homeoPaThy TreaT?

homeopathy can treat a wide variety of medical conditions including many common acute illnesses such as allergies, digestive disorders, ear infections, headaches and skin rashes, minor trauma and injuries, as well as various chronic conditions.

hoW Do herbS DIFFer From homeoPaThIc meDIcaTIonS?

herbal supplements are prepared from the crude extract of different plant materials. They too have their own pharmokinetic profile, and so there are possible interactions with other drugs. For example, garlic or ginseng can interact with blood thinners. Since herbal preparations are not regulated by the FDa, no standardization for consistent content or concentration of ingredients is required. herbal medications may also be adulterated with contaminants, such as pesticides, heavy metals and pharmaceuticals.

hoW WaS homeoPaThy DIScoVereD?

homeopathy was discovered by Samuel hahnemann. born in germany in 1755, hahnemann was a medical doctor who was trained in various sciences including chemistry, botany, astronomy and meteorology. he authored The Pharmaceutical lexicon, one of the standard reference texts for pharmacists of his day. hahnemann practiced in an era of medicine known as the Dark era of medicine, characterized by treatments such as bloodletting, purging and leeches. mega doses of toxic metals such as mercury, arsenic, cadmium, and lead were used to treat patients --and often these medications were given simultaneously. Soon after hahnemann began his practice, he became very discontented because he felt he was doing more harm to his patients than actually helping. In 1789, hahnemann left his practice and made his living mostly as a writer and translator of scientific works. In 1790, hahnemann was translating a prominent medical textbook of his day when he came upon a passage that stated that cinchona bark was efficacious in the treatment of malaria because of its bitter and astringent properties. hahnemann questioned the validity of this statement, and began to do self-experimentation, which was basically an inductive method of research. he took repeated

hoW DID hahnemann aPPly The laW oF SImIlarS In clInIcal PracTIce?

hahnemann conducted a series of systematic experiments on healthy subjects--known as provings--where subjects were administered various substances, one at a time, noting their reactions in great detail. Together these created a "drug picture" of the substance being tested. In his clinical practice, hahnemann conducted a thorough history and physical examination paying attention to the mental, emotional as well as the physical symptoms of each patient. hahnemann was a truly holistic physician in that he also questioned his patients about their lifestyle in general - diet, exercise, attitudes, as well as the quality of air and water they were exposed to, and so forth. a "symptom picture" would be generated from each patient interview and hahnemann would then prescribe that substance whose drug picture most closely matched the symptom picture. hahnemann confirmed in his clinical practice that the more closer the match, the more successful the treatment outcome.

IF homeoPaThIc meDIcaTIonS are So hIghly DIluTeD, IS anyThIng really There?

In Western biomedicine, we have become accustomed to viewing the origins and treatment of disease from the lens of a very materialistic paradigm, so the concept of highly dilute medications having any biological effect may seem completely implausible. however, basic science research conducted in many laboratories on tissues from animals and plants have shown that homeopathic medicines can have biological effects. The most current proposal for how this may work is that water is capable of storing information about substances with which it has previously been in contact.1, 2

1. rey l Thermoluminescence of ultra-high dilutions of lithium chloride and sodium chloride. Physica (a) 2003; 323: 67-74 2. rao, ml, roy, r bell, I et al (Penn State university, university of arizona) homeopathy july 2007



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chIlDhooD FeVer

Derasse m, Klein P, Weiser m. The effects of a complex homeopathic medicine compared with acetaminophen in the symptomatic treatment of acute febrile infections in children: an observational study. explore (ny) 2005; 1: 33­39.

reSPIraTory TracT InFecTIon

bornhöft g, Wolf u, ammon K, et al. effectiveness, safety and costeffectiveness of homeopathy in general practice ­ summarized health technology assessment. Forschende omplementärmedizin 2006; 13 Suppl 2: 19­29. ammerschlager h, Klein P, Weiser m, oberbaum m. behandlung von entzündungen im bereich der oberen atemwege ­ Vergleich eines homöopathischen Komplexpräparates mit Xylometazolin [Treatment of inflammatory diseases of the upper respiratory tract ­ comparison of a homeopathic complex remedy with xylometazoline]. Forschende Komplementärmedizin und Klassische naturheilkunde 2005; 12: 24­31. haidvogl m, riley DS, heger m, et al. homeopathic and conventional treatment for acute respiratory and ear complaints: a comparative study on outcome in the primary care setting. bmc complementary and alternative medicine 2007; 7: 7. riley D, Fischer m, Singh b, et al. homeopathy and conventional medicine: an outcomes study comparing effectiveness in a primary care setting. j. altern. complement. med. 2001; 7:123-125. Steinsbekk a, Fønnebø V, lewith g, bentzen n. homeopathic care for the prevention of upper respiratory tract infections in children: a pragmatic, randomized, controlled trial comparing randomized homeopathic care and waiting-list controls. complementary Therapies in medicine 2005; 13: 231­238. Trichard m, chaufferin g, nicoloyannis n, et al. Pharmacoeconomic comparison between homeopathic and antibiotic treatment strategies in recurrent acute rhinopharyngitis in children. homeopathy. 2005;94:3-9.

common colD

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VIral InFecTIon

rabe a, Weiser m, Klein P. effectiveness and tolerability of a homoeopathic remedy compared with conventional therapy for mild viral infections. International journal of clinical Practice 2004; 58: 827­832. For more information about research in homeopathy, please refer to the following websites: British Homeopathic Association ( Treatment Options / Homeopathic Laboratories White Papers ( National Center for Homeopathy ( Po box 61067, los angeles, ca 90061 1 800 624 9659


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