Maria Teresa De Donato, Ph.D.
Traditional Naturopath, Homeopath, Life Strategist, Author
Asthmatic Bronchitis in an 18 Months Old Child
Case Study – 18 Months Old Child: From common cold to asthmatic bronchitis within less than a year. Back to Optimum Health within less than 3 months of a proper homeopathic regimen.
A case of an 18 months old child treated constitutionally and with supportive remedies.
This case relates to a child of just 18 months who had been treated for some 4 (months) for an asthmatic bronchitis through conventional medicine. The child was born healthy and his troubles started with a simple cold when he was just 5 months old.
From that point on, and for the following 12 months - before his family contacted me - his health had been increasingly deteriorating to the extent that what could be defined as a “common cold” had turned to a bronchitis, first acute and then chronic, then catarrahl, and eventually had ended up becoming asthmatic. All of this occurred “despite” the high use of pharmaceutical drugs prescribed to him by allopathic physicians and pediatricians, and which increased over time. Fever, diarrhea and different kinds of dermatitis had also accompanied his bronchitis.
His asthmatic episodes had taken place at some 3-week interval from each other. The last one had required a 4-day hospitalization due to “low saturation”, that is a low level of oxygen in the blood which caused breathing difficulties and other complications. Contact dermatitis during the summer season also had appeared manifesting itself through pimples under the child's chin, in his groin area, on his arms and legs, and eventually on his head.
The dermatitis reached the point of aggressively spreading pretty much to his entire body, especially after he had given antibiotics and cortisone drugs and ointments. The latter, by interacting with the sand of the beach had made the situation even worse. On top of that, more pharmaceutical drugs had been prescribed to the child in order to manage his toothache and colitis.
Recent blood tests performed before I was contacted had detected the presence of
a) RAST – Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus and
b) RAST – Dermatophagoides farinae (which are two different species of House Dust Mites).
Eventually his family realized that the situation was progressively precipitating and started wondering whether a holistic approach could work better and homeopathy help to solve the case and they contacted me.
After having them filled in a detailed questionnaire, I asked many questions both via email and Skype in order to make sure that nothing was left out of their account. The child was described as being “in a physical and mental restlessness and a time difficult to deal with”. They also explained to me that though he is a very active kid, during the last several months his behavior had changed for the worst making the situation almost unmanageable in some cases.
When the family contacted me he was under the following medical treatment:
– 3 aerosols per day under “normal” conditions and 1 aerosol every 3 hours during acute phases;
– 1 corticosteroid a day taken for 2 consecutive days not to exceed 5 consecutive days during acute phases;
– 1 antibiotic every 3 hours taken for 8 consecutive days, along with other 2 different sorts of antibiotics and corticosteroids which had been used in the past for the aerosol treatment.
Besides the suggestions I gave this family in term of a new diet through which I introduced foods he had so far not eaten yet, and some advice about how to keep a clean, fresh, and healthier indoor environment, I recommended the following homeopathic regimen according to his constitutional type:
a) Aconitum Napellus – Ch 30
3 pellets to be dissolved in a teaspoon of water, to be taken 1 hour before lunch, every day and for the following 3 months;
b) Arsenicum Album – Ch 30
3 pellets as above, taken 1 hour before dinner, every day and for the following 3 months.
Though I identified the child as an Aconitum Napellus constitutional type due to the description the family made of him, it appeared to me that the boy was going through a state of both fear and anxiety due to the fact that all the treatments he had undergone through had impaired his health to a much greater extent. At his age, not being able to clearly express himself and verbalize his frustration and worries about the whole situation, he communicated them through his “unmanageable behavior” along with “burst of anger” and desire “not to be touched”.
In my view, Arsenicum Album, which is one of the main constitutional types, by having a profound impact on every organ and tissue, and by being able to also help with many cases common to those treated by Aconitum, was the perfect complementary remedy to be prescribed to the child in order to reach a better, deeper, and faster result. Arsenicum helped the child with the burning symptoms he complained about, especially burning pains and burning discharges, and to manage his great thirst. Anxiety, physical and mental restlessness and a sudden tendency to be easy frightened were also taken into account when recommending this remedy.
Along with the above remedies, and only when needed, I also recommended:
1) In case of toothache:
– Chamomilla - Ch 30, for non-acute cases (dissolved in water as all other remedies indicated above) to help the child in case of pains and/or discomforts;
– Chamomilla - Ch 200, only dose, (also dissolved in water) to be taken once a week in case of acute pain.
I chose Chamomilla not only because this remedy can be used for a great variety of health issues and discomforts but in this particular case because of the child's irritability, night sweats, whining and moaning when he could not have what he wanted.
2) In case of vomit and/or diarrhea:
– Nux Vomica - Ch 30
3 pellets (dissolved in a teaspoon of water) twice a day to be taken for 2-3 consecutive days or until the situation would improve, and always far from his meals (1 hr before, 2 hrs after, or 30 minutes before of after a light breakfast).
In my view, Nux Vomica was not only the best remedy to take care of both the vomit and the diarrhea, but also matched many other symptoms which had been identified, such irritability, hypersensitivity, respiratory problems and difficulties to sleep.
Due to the young age of the child I preferred to had regular contacts with the family every 2-3 days and for the first 3-4 weeks in order to check if his conditions would improve and/or changes in the homeopathic regimen might be needed. The remedies I chose for him, however, proved to be the proper ones since improvements were noticed already during the first 2 weeks with the situation getting better and better. Before the end of the 3rd month of this regimen, and after having not heard from the family for a few weeks, they got back in touch with me to let me know that their child was doing great, and that one by one all the pharmaceutical drugs and allopathic treatments (aerosol, cortisone drugs, and antibiotics) had been suspended by his physicians and pediatricians due to this “unexpected, radical and quick progress” that had taken place in the child's health in what everybody had defined “record time”.
After the end of the third month, I decided not to change regimen and recommended to keep following the same one for other 3 months. After that, no more pharmaceutical drugs were used since he had made a full recovery.
NOTE: The present article was published also on the online homeopathy magazine Hpathy on January 15th, 2015: https://hpathy.com/clinical-cases/asthmatic-bronchitis-in-an-18-month-old-boy/