Homeopathy: six remedies for cystitis in children

Cystitis is an inflammation of the bladder. There may or may not be an infection. An acute infection occurs when pathogenic bacteria are present in the urinary tract.

Cystitis is more common in girls than it is in boys. This is because the urethra is shorter and bacteria can enter the urinary tract more easily, reaching the bladder, the ureter and the kidneys.

One of the causes of cystitis is a cold bladder caused by sitting on a damp or cold floor or bathing in cold water.

The most common cause of cystitis is faecal contamination due to poor hygiene practices after defecating.

The symptoms that appear in a child who is suffering from cystitis include: bladder pressure, itching, burning and stinging during and after urinating.

They need to go to the toilet frequently but are only able to produce a few drops of urine.

It is much more difficult to assess symptoms in a younger child or baby. The baby appears to be unwell, have a temperature, vomiting, shivers and stomach ache.

If the child feels pain in the kidney area, the infection may have reached the ureter and kidneys. In this case or if the affected child is under the age of 3, you should make an appointment with your paediatrician.

1. Aconitum 12D

Aconitum is prescribed when the cystitis symptoms appear suddenly. The child feels intense pain, screams and grabs his genitals. He is hot and may have a slight temperature.

2. Cantharis 12 D

Cantharis is prescribed when the child feels a burning pain before, during and after urinating. The child constantly needs to urinate but when he does, only a small amount is produced.

3. Dulcamara 12D

Dulcamara 12D is prescribed when the child has a painful bladder and can barely urinate. The urine smells unpleasant and there may be a mucous discharge.

The child is bad tempered, impatient, spoilt and demanding. The child’s feet may feel very cold. The child is sensitive to the cold and the damp.

4. Nux vomica 12D

Nux vomica is prescribed when there is intense and burning pain upon urinating. The child feels as though his bladder is full and about to burst. He needs to urinate but can only produce a few drops. The pain is relieved with heat.

5. Pulsatilla 12D

Pulsatilla is prescribed when the pain in the bladder is burning and intense. The child needs to urinate frequently.

The cystitis appears after a cold or as a result of getting his feel cold. The child has small urine leakages during the night, when he laughs or sneezes. His mood is variable and he is tearful and feels better when he is cuddled.

6. Sarsaparilla 12D

Sarsaparilla is prescribed when the pain is worse towards the end of urination. The urine may be abundant or sparse.

The child is dejected and tearful. He is easily irritated and cries every time he needs to go to the toilet.

Dosage examples

5 granules should be given every half hour for an hour and a half. Then we will wait two hours for the medicine to work. If there is an improvement, we will give 5 granules every two hours until the symptoms disappear.

Always seek advice from your doctor, therapist, pharmacist or health professional.

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